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how long does synthroid stay in the system

I was on synthroid for 8 months because my endo dr said I had subclinical hypothroidism.  Initially my TSH was 6.110 and my T4 was 0.94.  She also said I had hasimotos, multinodular goiter, hypercalciuria and osteoporious.  After 8 months, I lost weight, couldn't sleep, and developed head pain.  I went to a new endo, and she said to stop meds and vitiamins for 2 weeks, and repeat all bloodwork.  My TSH came back low, and my T3 and T4 were good.  She said to stop the synthroid.  Could the recent bloodwork be good because the synthroid is still in my system.  At this point I'm not sure being off synthroid completely is right.  
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Good question. I wish I had a more indepth answer as I'm curious myself. According to it's wikipedia article, the half life of levothyroxine is as little as 3 or as long as 10 days.

But there's also the question of how long it takes the body to respond to changes in those levels.

Personally I'd ask to have my levels checked again in a month or two. Or actually, for myself anyway, I think I'd just ask to be put back on a low dose of Synthroid because I hovered around borderline low on the FT4 most of my life and had most of the symptoms along with it, and it's only recently when my body stepped up the TSH that my FT4 went into mid-range and for once I wasn't dragging myself around all day.
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It takes a full 6 weeks to completely saturate and hold levels when starting or changing dosages of T4 meds.....so I would assume that it would take that long to completely get out of your system.
The first thing to do is to actually get a copy of those labs and post the results here with the lab ranges used, so we can take a look.
Secondly.....if you have Hashimoto's, then the "normal ranges" used are thrown out the window. If you keep the levels supressed and supported enough, it will help keep the symptoms from the antibodies attacking the thyroid at a minimum. At the beginning of Hashimoto's you will swing all over the place and at times even swing hyper, especially if you have nodules that release extra hormone as well.
I would absolutely make sure you retest in 4 weeks to see where you stand.....but I would like to know where your levels were at with your most recent one.
I would also be leary that your new endo would think that 2 weeks is long enough to clear the meds out of your system.....and also would like to know how well versed this Dr is with Hashi's.
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Thanks for the god info.  I have all my tests results since I was first diagnosed.  Where do you post them?
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Thanks for your answer.  I did call the dr today, and she said to wait for my new blood work in 6 wks, then I'll see her again.  I really don't understand all these tests for the thyroid.
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