I have had a thyroid condition for almost 10 years. Just recently I read an article that adding more iodine can improve and often correct hypothyroidism. I recall when I was pregnant ( I have 7 children) I never took my prenatal vitamins because they made me sick. I also read that women are often misdiagnoised with under active thyroid when it could very well just be lack of iodine. about a month ago I started taking centrum vitamins which contain 150mcg of iodine. I also take Now Kelp from iherb which contain 150mcg of iodine. I read that the daily recommended intake of iodine is 150mcg, however the upper limit is 1100mcg. Since I have been taking the iodine, I have noticed that I have more energy and my dry skin has gotten much better and my bowels are back to normal( I used to have very loose stool and everything upset my stomache). Now I can tolerate foods that I was unable to before. My Dr. has me taking 150mcg of Synthroid daily. My question, is there anything wrong with taking the extra 150mcg of iodine?
Persoanlly myself...after RAI I eventually got up to 75mcg Thyroxin a day and was fine on that for about 4 weeks THEN all of a sudden, I went hyper and had to go down to 62.5mcg.
Now I find that 62.5mcg daily thyroxin is too much also and am now 'tweaking' my meds taking 62.5mcg on Mon, Wed, Fri and 50mcg on the other days.
It seemed that I went hyper after I started eating tuna which I hadnt eaten for nearly 2 years due to the iodine in it.
Since stopping the tuna sandwiches, my levels are levelling out nicely and I dont have the anxious 'hyper' symptoms.
I might add that I am very drug sensitive so any form of medication I react to straighht away.
In regards to everyone waiting 4-6 weeks for their levels to come good with a dose change, I only go 3 days and the new dose 'kicks in' straight away.
As silly as it sounds, I STILL avoid any form of iodine now and only take my Thyroxin (T4). I had RAI in June this year (6 months ago) and it seems my body just does not like the extra iodine in foods.
I guess everyone is different but as I said, persoanlly I would avoid taking extra iodine IF you are on a thyroid replacement.
I also avoid all vitamins that contain iodine.
I agree with Stella.
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