I can't take Cytomel past one pm or I can't get to sleep until midnight. That stuff is strong. I suggest taking it earlier, and then breaking the 25 into three or four doses. Maybe 25 in the am. 12.5 before lunch and 12.5 before dinner.
Also, I don't think you will feel your best until you get back on the Levo. How long until you are finished with treatment and can get back on the Levo?
I am thinking of quitting my Cytomel and just going with the stronger Synthroid. I just can't stop these erratic heartbeats when I'm on Cytomel, and I'm only taking 5 mcg. Also, I nap more when I take Cytomel. I'm so much more tired.
I'm on cytomel, along with my levo -- I take my levo when I get up at 3:30 am, then my cytomel around 7:00 am. I'm only on 5 mcg/day, so with your dosage, you may have to either take that second dose earlier -- before the "2:00 slump" or split it up and take 1/2 at noon and 1/2 in the evening, like Tamra suggested. If I take my cytomel too late in the day, I don't sleep at night either.
Thank you both! I will try splitting up the 2nd dose at lunch and dinner. I really appreciate the advice. Is it ok to have more during the day and less when I sleep? I'm guessing that's how our body would do it if it could.
You will want your cytomel (T3) levels higher during the day because it gives you energy to keep going, but you will want it to wear off in the evening so you can sleep. Cytomel is fast acting, so when you get up in the morning and get that first dose, you should be ready to go in a short time; it usually wears off in 3-4 hours and whatever is not used by the body is supposedly eliminated, but I don't necessarily find that to be the case. I find that if I take cytomel after around 11:00 am, I'll sleep very little or not at all.
Since you are only on cytomel, you might actually find it beneficial to split your dosage into 4 X/day, depending on what time you get up in the morning. The idea is to keep a fairly stable level in your blood throughout the day, but you'll want it gone by bedtime, so you can sleep. You might have to experiment a bit - I find that just an hour or so either way makes a huge difference.
When I was on 10 mcg/day, I actually asked my pharmacist to fill the script with 5 mcg tabs -- that way I could split the dosage throughout the day without having to actually split the pills.........
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