How long does it take to wean off thyroid medication?

How long does it take to wean off thyroid medication?

The half-life of levothyroxine is 6-7 days, which means it takes about 4-5 weeks for your body to rid itself of levothyroxine. Nonetheless, as synthetic T4 levels start to wane, you can begin to experience symptoms within the first week of not taking your medication.

Can You wean yourself off of thyroid medication?

Some people who start taking thyroid medication may be able to eventually wean themselves off. Doctors aren’t likely to make this suggestion, though, unless you bring it up. Some individuals may require thyroid medication for the rest of their lives (but not everyone).

Is it possible to stop taking thyroid medication for good?

The best thing you can do is go to seek help from your current physician and ask if they are willing to help you get off of your medication. Make sure that they know that you are aware of the risks (read about them here) and that you understand you may need to be placed back on it.

What happens to your body when you take thyroid medication?

As you take thyroid medication it causes a change in your pituitary and hypothalamus which alters how much thyroid hormone your body can produce naturally. This makes it difficult (almost impossible) to see how much thyroid your body could produce on its own if you weren’t taking thyroid medication.

How many milligrams of thyroid Meds do you need?

One way you can know how much hormone your thyroid is making is by comparing your medication dosage to your body’s total needs. The average woman who had her thyroid removed WILL require about 1.5 to 2.0 grains desiccated thyroid to have stable levels. This is roughly the same as 150 to 200 µg of a T4 medicine like Synthroid.

Some people who start taking thyroid medication may be able to eventually wean themselves off. Doctors aren’t likely to make this suggestion, though, unless you bring it up. Some individuals may require thyroid medication for the rest of their lives (but not everyone).

Is it safe to stop taking thyroid medication?

While it usually isn’t as risky for people taking thyroid hormone to abruptly stop, it still isn’t advised. This is especially true if you’re hypothyroid because you had a partial thyroidectomy or received RAI, as while there still is a chance of restoring your thyroid health back to normal, it is more challenging in these cases.

As you take thyroid medication it causes a change in your pituitary and hypothalamus which alters how much thyroid hormone your body can produce naturally. This makes it difficult (almost impossible) to see how much thyroid your body could produce on its own if you weren’t taking thyroid medication.

What kind of medication can you take for underactive thyroid?

The resulting symptoms are no picnic, but they’re usually ones that can be controlled with a daily dose of a thyroid medication, a synthetic thyroid hormone called levothyroxine (generic, Synthroid, Tirosint, others).