I had been thinking of calcium as I read that post of Linda's. I went out to by the caltrate in fact, but I read some more on the Synthroid and it says calcium, iron, fiber, questran, Welchol all bind the Synthroid so it doesn't work. Also, it blocks many beta blockers, all kinds of drugs... I am now waiting for three weeks and on the dose of Immodium, Synthroid, one hour later oatmeal, and then wating two more hours to Questran. I will retest in three weeks to see if I am absorbing more thyroid this way. It is a real problem when you have to take other meds, as the WAIT ONE HOUR BEFORE OR FOUR TO FIVE HOURS AFTER QUESTRAN does not work.... The head pharmacist for the company called me Friday because of my complaint and it was to late to call back. I will do that now and let everyone know. I cannot tell you how much it helps to have all of you, as one can get despondent with the difficulities of controlling this dumping and cramping syndrome all day....
Just a update as of April 21, 2007
I was on Questran for 2 months or more. It worked fairly well, although it did not stop the D enough to get my life back. I went in to have my thyroid levels done again as I had changed the time I took the Questran due to it cutting down the absorbtion of the Synthroid. I stuck with the time change and waited 2 1/2 hours after Synthroid before taking the Questran. IT DID NOT WORK....about
2 weeks ago I repeated the Thyroid panel (doing it every 6 weeks at this time) and I was even more hypo thyroid, the Synthroid is being blocked by the Questran still. I went off of Questran 2 weeks ago and will be checked next month to see if my thyroid panel is better, especially my TSH, FT3 and FT4. My Endo said just bumping up the dose at this point would not effect a change as the Questran was binding to it. I cannot take it any other time as I am on other meds, it would do the same thing and block them as well. So now, I have 7 BMs a day, nothing (immodium) except lomotil works a bit but I get stoned on it. This last week I have had so much D and frequent bouts that I cannot leave the house or keep my appts for more than a window of between 2 or 3 in the PM.
I tried metamusil today and went into severe bloating, cramps and still D. My tummy is still sore after taking it. The bloat and gas has finally gone down after taking gas aid and lomotil. Awful day and night. I acutally drive around doubled over the wheel most days from cramps and then I have to head home for the bathroom. I am afraid to take the metimusil again... I have to decide to give it a couple of days, or just pass as I cannot go through this terrible pain and bloating, and D with the Metimusal as well.
I am going to try the calcium next, however I am reading that it can block absorption of drugs as well. They say to take meds 2 hours before or 2 hours after??? Is anyone else on Synthroid and has tried calcium? I need thyroid hormone as I have no thyroid. I am a mess, and sooooo tired of the struggle, also it is so painful to have this every day!!! Has anyone else had severe cramping, bloating and gas after starting metamusil???
Post Edited (Sheree) : 4/21/2007 2:30:01 AM (GMT-6)