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Re: Has anyone tried Synthroid to help with depres

Posted by SLS on April 4, 2006, at 13:02:07

In reply to Re: Has anyone tried Synthroid to help with depres tallwaters, posted by CEK on April 4, 2006, at 12:01:38

> Thank you. I will keep trying. I've read so much about thyroid being in range but people suffering symptoms anyway and that many people with depression have low thyroid and that taking thryoid medication can help. It seemed to help me when I tried it on my own, but I would like to find a doctor that would test my levels and keep a check on it. I don't want to go it alone and cause worse problems.

First of all, you might want to see an endocrinologist to evaluate your thyroid function. It is not as simple as looking at free circulating thyroid or TSH only.

When thyroid hormone is used to treat depression, lab numbers have traditionally been ignored. Dosages of T4 have ranged between 150-300 micrograms/day. You might want to use your TSH level as a guide, though. Keeping it somewhere between 0.5 - 1.0 might work. This should prevent decreases in bone density sometimes seen when thyroid hormone is chronically elevated.

I have been extremely resistant to antidepressant treatments. I have an unusual presentation of bipolar disorder. T4 helps me more than T3 (Cytomel). T3 actually exacerbated my depression.

Good luck.

- Scott




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