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Hi all anyone use t3 prescribed by a gp? Heard a lot won’t prescribe them these days

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    I have it, but I live in Italy.

    GP’s don’t prescribe here for anything ‘specialist’ so once thyroid problems are diagnosed by bloods and ultrasound you are immediately referred to endocrinologist. 

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    Hi Marsh, NDTs are high in T3. Armour is a common one. So this could be an option for you, rather than straight T3.

    Docs don't like to prescribe T3 and NDTs b cause the high T3 can cause anxiety and heart palpitations, irregular heart beat, etc. so especially for older people, T3 s considered undesireable.

     

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    Hi. As far as I know, T3 is only prescribed when hypothyroidism is massively severe. Like, when it's the worst case scenario. So they'll probably prescribe it as a booster and then switch to T4 therapy. But they wouldn't generally prescribe T3 because of the fact that it's the active form of T4 and can cause hyperthyroid symptoms (which can be dangerous).

    I hope that helps.

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      I am on T3 and thyroxine. Endo prescribed both as a boost to sort out metabolism but to date it has had no effect. Bloods next week so I expect to be taken off it again.  
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      I hope the tests go well for you. I'm sorry to hear that it didn't have much of an effect on you. I learnt about this very briefly when volunteering at a pharmacy about 3 years ago. May I ask how long you were prescribed this combination (of T3 and T4) for? I once asked my GP about being prescribed with T3, too, but he insisted that there was no need for me to go onto it as my hypothyroidism isn't so severe.

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