I just started cytomel in addition to the synthyroid I have been taking daily for two years.
??? Do I take on an empty stomach and wait to eat??
Or can I take and eat immediately??
My endo said to wait to eat, but pharmacists said I could eat with cytomel as long as no calcium, vitamins taken.
I have just been prescribed cytomel and i also take Levothyroxine 100 mcgs. I wait until the afternoon to take cytomel which works best for me. I feel better after taking it, and I had my lunch already. Hope this helps!!
Unlike levothyroxine, cytomel can be taken be taken either with, or without food. If you are taking it with your levo, then do wait an hour; however, your afternoon dose doesn't require being taken on an empty stomach.
Thanks all! I am currently taking my synthyroid and cytomel in am. I am only on 2.5 mcg to start ( hx of tachycardia so endo wants to go slowly). I am to go up to the whole 5 mcg pill if no problems after a week of 1/2 dose. I go back in several weeks to endo for recheck.
I feel no more energy than before, only a little more "clear headed", not so foggy minded and by early afternoon I am still sooo tired. need a nap. Would it be better to add this 2nd dose around noon?? Or should I add it to the morning dose as endo suggested?
How long does the cytomel work? I want to sleep at night too and usually go to bed around 10:00pm. Then do I have to avoid all calcium , vitamins again for several hours after taking cytomel?
Thank you all for your input.
The way you take your med (cytomel) should depend on your schedule. For instance: I'm on 100 mcg Tirosint (T4) and 5 mcg generic T3 (cytomel). My day begins at 3:30 am, so I take my T4 med immediately, then wait approx 1/2 hr to 45 minutes before having breakfast. Since I'm relatively rested, when I first wake up, I wait to take my T3 med around 7:00 am. By waiting till a bit later to take the T3 med, this gets me through most days, without needing a nap, but I'm tired and ready to sleep at night.
Yes, you should always thyroid med and calcium/minerals by at least 4 hours. Since I take my T3 med at 7:00 am, I take my calcium and other vitamins/minerals at noon and in the evening.
2.5 mcg is a very low dose, so it may not do a lot for your energy levels; however, I totally agree with your endo in starting you out very slowly. Once you get to the full 5 mcg/day, you might have to experiment to see what works best for you.
I took the whole 5 mcg this am as instructed by my dr. for week two.. ( I need energy in am to get going, feel like I never sleep enough).
I do not feel energy from cytomel, I just feel some tightness in my chest, slightly shakey and mild headache which last for about two hours then slowly goes away. I do feel more clear headed and optimistic /motivated. Do these "bad" symptoms go away after my body becomes used to T3.?
How long do I stick with one regimen before I change and experiment to see if I feel better.- such as splitting dose
I know synthyroid takes 4-6 weeks to level out, but endo said I would see quick resutls with T3.
I go back to see endo next week already have some ??
I may ask about time release cytomel too. Perhaps I should start a new post asking if anyone used it.
Thank you all again!
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