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Hey, anyone out there on thyroid replacement medication? - Happy's Obsession
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Hey, anyone out there on thyroid replacement medication?
If you forget to take your medicine for one day, do you notice it? Meaning, do you feel different than normal?

I forgot to take my meds this morning for the first time... and was totally exhausted by about 2 pm. I dragged through the rest of the afternoon (seeing the remodelled Master Builder Homes in the area), and finally got to take my meds about 7 pm.

And now, about 2 hours later, I'm feeling pretty good.

But I thought the half-life of the meds were 8 days, and I shouldn't notice if I forgot to take one right away.

What is your experience?
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slashpile From: slashpile Date: October 3rd, 2005 04:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Totally not on T-meds. But trust your experience of whatever's happening.

Did you remember that you didn't take it and then feel tired, or did you realize it because you were tired? Because if it's the second, screw the theory.

I've had two weird medical coincidences, things this year that I just accepted as things that were true for me, even if no one else. And then people published research with the same ideas. Like it was original research or something. *sniff* They were totally stealing my stuff. :P
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: October 3rd, 2005 05:19 am (UTC) (Link)
I was feeling totally run down & exhausted, without coffee helping. Couldn't figure out why - I had enough sleep last night. Then I realized I hadn't taken my meds.

So I guess I will trust my internal body alarm. I've had it go off for me before (for different medical things) a few times, and it was always right. And I'm one of those people who can't tell you when her last cycle was, or when the next will be, because I just know when it's time.

Hm...
oliviazn From: oliviazn Date: October 3rd, 2005 05:05 am (UTC) (Link)
i think sometimes our minds do the more job than meds,i mean sometimes if you happened to forget to take meds you wouldnt have felt anything or at least you wouldnt thought about it so much,but if you remembered or been reminded,you would have started being worried...actually this would affect you more than not taking meds...so take it easy and take care:)
mi_nion From: mi_nion Date: October 3rd, 2005 05:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I'll check with the sib. It may be because your still fairly new to them.
teary_eyed2 From: teary_eyed2 Date: October 3rd, 2005 05:56 am (UTC) (Link)
I've forgotten to take them a few times (or not before food) but it didn't affect me and I'm on Thyroxine (T4 hormone). It takes a while to either build up in the body or deplete once stopped (usually several days). That's why you can take different doses for different days to make up for the long term. I've had my dosage adjusted twice since the first dosage was way too low and I suffered the side effect of joint pain so severe that it didn't help to even lie down. Luckily my doctor said to come in straight away for an exam and blood, although he said my reaction was unusual. I'm currently on 200mcg on weekdays and 250mcg on weekends (because there are only 3 sizes of tablets here and splitting them to be even on each day is impossible).

However, Liothyronine (T3 hormone which converts to T4), a short-acting hormone which is taken up much faster by the body, caused me all kinds of digestive problems. I had to be on it temporarily since I had the radioactive iodine after surgery but it's never taken on its own for the long term.
luceononuro From: luceononuro Date: October 3rd, 2005 10:30 am (UTC) (Link)
I notice it within 12 hours - and feel better within 6 when I take it again - the reminder on the bottle - at least on mine - says Take at the same time every day - which I often don't do but I assume it is there for a reason

Maybe you need to leave reminders for yourself - because the wiped out feeling completely and utterly sucks
darksylvia From: darksylvia Date: October 3rd, 2005 09:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm on Levoxyl. When did you start taking them? You're supposed to give it about a month-3 months to get used to it, I think. That's pretty much how long it took me.

But I also think I have a seasional mood disorder, because I'm fine when it's sunny out but when it's rainy, it takes everything I have to talk myself into getting out of bed.
iwantmygnr From: iwantmygnr Date: October 4th, 2005 12:13 am (UTC) (Link)
i take synthroid and i've missed doses before. but i'm always tired anyways so i can't tell. as for the always being tired, my labs always say that levels are ok, so....maybe i should get my butt off lj a tad bit earlier and get to bed at a decent hour, but......you know!
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