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    My Wife has been diagnosed with an under active thyroid today can anybody tell me how long it takes for the Meds to work? Might not be the best place to ask but someone always knows don't they!

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    mumbojumbo;5921273

    Very quickly. T4 (thyroxine) gets absorbed into the bloodstream from the … Very quickly. T4 (thyroxine) gets absorbed into the bloodstream from the gut and then is converted to the more active T3 form (tri-iodothyronine) in the liver and kidneys. The speed at which her symptoms get better will, however, vary.



    Thankyou very much:thumbsup:

    In theory it should be rapid, but in practice from my own experience and from talking to others, it seems to rather depend on how long before proper diagnosis,how 'underactive' the thyroid had become, how 'receptive' you seem to be to the thyroxine and how bad your symptoms had become. It took me about a year to start to function properly again and TBH, it's a bit of a blunt instrument and hard to find the best daily dose. It's also hard to lose the weight!!
    Good luck to your lady and I hope she feels better soon.

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    chesso;5921574

    In theory it should be rapid, but in practice from my own experience and … In theory it should be rapid, but in practice from my own experience and from talking to others, it seems to rather depend on how long before proper diagnosis,how 'underactive' the thyroid had become, how 'receptive' you seem to be to the thyroxine and how bad your symptoms had become. It took me about a year to start to function properly again and TBH, it's a bit of a blunt instrument and hard to find the best daily dose. It's also hard to lose the weight!!Good luck to your lady and I hope she feels better soon.



    Thanks for the advice and nice words.:thumbsup:

    I was diagnoses with it in my early 20's and found that although they started me on a low dose I could feel the effects straight away, went for another blood test a month later and they then adjusted my meds. I went for a blood testevery 6 months (as advised by the doctor at the time) and everything stayed stable for about 10years then it started changing so meds were increased. Go once a year now for blood test but I know myself if medication needs to be altered like wise if I forget to take tablet I know about it by lunchtime. Hope she gets here meds sorted quickly

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    mojo.121;5922101

    I was diagnoses with it in my early 20's and found that although they … I was diagnoses with it in my early 20's and found that although they started me on a low dose I could feel the effects straight away, went for another blood test a month later and they then adjusted my meds. I went for a blood testevery 6 months (as advised by the doctor at the time) and everything stayed stable for about 10years then it started changing so meds were increased. Go once a year now for blood test but I know myself if medication needs to be altered like wise if I forget to take tablet I know about it by lunchtime. Hope she gets here meds sorted quickly



    Thanks for the info and we are a lot happier now we have read some personal experiences.:)

    My doc said 3 months for my blood tests to show a difference, but I feel its less than that.
    If she is on any multivitamins or iron supplements, make sure they are taken at least 6 hours apart from the thryoxine as iron hinders the absorbtion of the thyroxine.
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