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VHAZLE Posts: 32
2/1/10 9:57 A

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Thank you for your post. I experienced the same thing when I first started on Armour Thyroid. I can now - a year and a half later - have a FEW drinks but only after eating and spacing them out so maybe 2 drinks for a whole evening out. And I used to be able to slug it down. I have had the whole sickness thing, passed out and cracked my head on less than 2 cocktails. I asked my doc about it and he never heard of it. So it was gratifying to read your post. Good luck.

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1/31/10 3:34 P

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Thanks Cookie, I am super concious of my sodium intake because of my water retention issues, I rarely use processed foods. This is the only way I can know what I am eating. The only canned thing I use is tuna, rarely, and maybe twice a month tomato sauce. I do not eat chinese food at all, it blows me up like a balloon. Canned soup?, I might as well mainline pure salt. One thing about this time of year...BRRRR, is I have to really push the water, it is much easier when it is hot outside.

Alcohol has its own issues with me, and I know that a margarita is loaded with salt, but a beer or glass of wine is not, it has to be something else about the alcohol. It is easy to live without, heck, most of the time I am either driving, or we are out in our boat, and drinking in not appropriate in these situations anyway.

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1/31/10 1:54 P

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Hey joyful check the sodium intake in the food you are eating that day. Chicken noodle soup canned will sure fatten me up in the morning after. I usually take and rehydrate myself with a bottle of water along with my synthroid. when you have a cough a drink of water will help stop it. ask your pharmicist.

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1/31/10 11:26 A

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My docs said you could not drink with thyroid meds. That was over 14 years ago. However, it sounds like some of you can.

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1/30/10 9:17 P

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I am a super lightweight when it comes to alcohol anyway, 1 margarita and I am laughing my butt off. However, I retain water like crazy, wake up with really puffy eyes and sausage fingers if I even have one cocktail, regardless if it is one beer, whatever. Alcohol makes it harder for me to control my wieght, slow the already slow metabolism, not to metion the empty calories. I have not noticed any increase in my hypo symptoms, my main one is fatigue when m my meds are not right. I might have a cocktail once in a very great while, my doc has me down as a non-drinker because it is so seldom. I am naturally goofy, so I don't need it anyway...LOL

One aspect is that I sure don't want to be around intoxicated poeple, they are not very amusing when you are sober.

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POPPY666 Posts: 3
1/30/10 4:22 P

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Hi MZZCHIEF

Thanks for your support, maybe another change of lifestyle will be a bonus for me, its nice to be able to speak to people on here who share the same issues in life. emoticon

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1/30/10 3:27 P

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Alcohol does take effect alot easier then before. I have found that if it takes longer then a good nights sleep then it isn't worth it anymore. 2 beers, 2 glasses of wine or 2 martini's is my limit anymore. Notice the "2's" lol.

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1/30/10 2:24 P

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Good choice, Poppy!

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1/30/10 1:31 P

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Hi

I am new to my under-active thyroid meds and last night I drank 4 half lagers and 3 sambuka shots, I awoke this morning and was sick twice, I couldn't function my joints ached as though I had severe flu symptoms. I had to go back to bed and didn't get up until 3pm this afternoon whereas my joint pain had worsened. I don't drink on a regular basis and the above amount is normally acceptable to me without after-effects. If this is the case where I have to stay in bed and suffer immense pain then I am afraid that I would rather not drink again!! emoticon

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11/19/09 3:57 P

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I can definatly relate. I've been on thryoid med about 4 yrs and really cannot drink alcohol anymore. Believe me I tried and finally learned my lesson. I do miss it though. Two glasses of wine and I'd be ready to go to bed. The next day I would pay for it - just would not feel myself. Sometimes, too, I would get heart palps during the night which was scary.

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6/19/09 11:42 P

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My body stopped metabolizing alcohol when my TSH became elevated. I experienced the dizziness, etc., as others here have mentioned.

I haven't consumed alcohol in 3 years or more, and I can honestly say, besides the 7 calories per oz. (which the body CANNOT use efficiently) and the liver burden, I'm pleased with my decision, and not looking back. It's hard to find a decent Riesling around here, as is.

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6/19/09 9:49 P

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I lean toward depression that I think is caused or made worse by being hypo so adding alcohol is not good for me. Sometimes I'll have wine when I go out but that it for me.

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The only thing I noticed is when I drink I will get really hot about a half hour after. I never had that problem before I started my thyroid medication. I do know I am not at "my" theraputic level though.

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6/19/09 12:36 P

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hey Doer!

Prolly not a good idea to drink if you have a thyroid condition for the reasons you've mentioned, in addition to it being a bunch of empty calories.

I could not drink at all, until I was regulated... or I felt like I had been run over by a bus the following day.

Now that I'm at a decent TSH and have been for over a year, I can drink with dinner or afterwards, but never on an empty stomach... which actually isn't a good idea for anyone! And it has to be a once in a great while thing, or I start to get the return of hypo symptoms and weight gain.

Everyone's different... listen to your own body!

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I have not noticed anything personally.

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6/19/09 11:37 A

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If I drink over 2 glasses of wine I wake up feeling dizzy, almost like I am still drunk.

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6/19/09 11:00 A

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First thing is that it takes up to 8 weeks for the meds to really be at full working order. I haven't noticed a difference when I have a cocktail or not. Your body just may be adjusting to the meds.

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Hello everyone! I have been on 50mcg tabs of levothyroxine for two weeks today and I have noticed that when I drink alcohol in the evening, the next morning I feel absolutely awful! Way worse than I used to feel before I started taking the meds. It doesn’t matter if I have one beer or a whole lot I still feel as though I drank a case. Does anyone know if you are not supposed to drink when taking thyroid meds? Or have any of you experienced the same type of reaction? I am trying to cut out the drinking anyways, so I guess this will just help me along, but I was still curious.
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