I saw my psychiatrist this morning. I am staying on the higher Zyprexa dose, at least for now. I will continue taking a little bit of klonopin at night instead of switching to another sleep med for now. And I will be adding synthroid- I think. I have to think about this.
My TSH is okay, but my T4 is low and my T3 is borderline low. My T4 is always low because I take cytomel, which is T3. T4 is the precursor- so if I am taking T3, my body will make less T4. I have had to explain this to psychiatrists. But this one gets it. But usually my T3 is good- this time it wasn't. I don't know what that means. Is it the lithium?
So he wants to add synthroid. But then he didn't want me to be taking more meds- so he said probably I should switch to Armour thyroid- but he couldn't figure out how to convert my cytomel dose to Armour, so he gave me a script for synthroid. I think the plan is to switch me to Armour at the next visit (when he can prep and figure it out!)
I suppose this is a good thing- and in the past I have taken synthroid prescribed by many psychiatrists with the promise that it would help my depression or stabilize my mood. I never noticed a difference until I tried cytomel, however. And that did help my depression. My current psychiatrist thinks that it might help with my weight. I do feel like my metabolism has slowed the past year- I thought it was just age. I have to cut calories lower that to what I used to in order to lose weight.
But it just feels like more meds, more pills. Even though it isn't really a bad one.
Single digits! That is all that I want with my meds. Granted, they are not all psych meds. There is my blood pressure medicine, the BC pill, and the metformin (to prevent diabetes and Zyprexa weight gain). But the rest are all psych.
I was at 11, counting the klonopin. This will put me at 12. Yikes! I better get on armour- so I can get T3/T4 in one pill and I don't have to take two separate drugs. That will get me back to 11. I used to say I only took 10 drugs- because the klonopin was only prm. But I am now taking it regularly, so I think I have to add it to my tally.