Posted by maria3667 on March 9, 2010, at 17:19:32
In reply to Thyroid meds for depression, posted by atypical on March 5, 2010, at 23:03:55
Thyroid meds are no joke! As you will soon find out...
I made that mistake some years ago; hoping thyroid meds would help me lose weight. a) it didn't work for that purpose. b)the side effects - increased anxiety, insomnia, trembling, perspiration, headache, palpitating heart - to name a few, made my life miserable!
Now I'm reading you are taking 50 mcg Cytomel whilst you don't have hypothyroidism??? 50 mcg Cytomel is an ENORMOUS amount for someone who doesn't have hypothyroidism. Besides that, if you want to built it up, you should do it very slowly over the course of weeks/months.
How do I know? Because in 2005 I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism myself. I take quite a high dose of both T3/T4, but I'm not even on 50 mcg Cytomel (T3) myself...!
From my experience (and that of others I read on thyroid forums), these meds MIGHT help for depression - but only for those with thyroid diseases.
For me, even after the diagnosis, I remained depressed. The only thing which could counter that was a good anti-depressant and anxiolitic.
I don't want to sound overwhelming, but I do think a sound warning is in place here.
> Anyone who is not necessarily hypothyroid taking thyroid meds to augment other meds for depression? Are you taking T4 (Synthroid?) and T3 (Cytomel) or just one? What blood test are you taking -- is the TSH level enough? I started taking Cytomel 25 mcg, now up to 50 mcg as an augment to Nardil/Lithium. I'd like to hear others' experiences. Thanks.