You are taking levothyroxine tablets -- Levoxyl®, Synthroid®, Unithroid®, or generic levothyroxine -- consistently and correctly, but your thyroid levels are not lowering, even with increasing doses.
WHAT COULD BE GOING ON?
You are probably not absorbing your levothyroxine tablets. You may be sensitive to a filler ingredient or dye. Or, you may have an undiagnosed digestive or gastrointestinal issue, or a malabsorption issue.
(Note: There are reports of patients who were taking levothyroxine tablets, but their thyroid tests showed no change, to the extent that doctors accuse them of secretly not taking their medication!)
One option is to try a different brand levothyroxine tablet. Due to the fillers and binders added to tablets, you may have better absorption with one brand versus another.
If you aren’t showing a response to levothyroxine tablets, experts recommend you switch to Tirosint® capsules or Tirosint®-SOL oral solution. These forms of levothyroxine were initially developed for people who can't effectively absorb tablets.
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