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Dr. Mark Pack
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Thyroid Drug (Overview)

Thyroid agents are a kind of nutritional or metabolic agent.


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Taking ptu (propylthiouracil) for overactive thyroid and Clomid also; does smoking affect thyroid hormones?

Taking ptu (propylthiouracil) for overactive thyroid and Clomid also; does smoking affect thyroid hormones?

Eye disease: Smoking will greatly increase your risk for developing grave's exophthalmopathy. Essentially, the eyes are pushed out because of immune deposits behind them. This will make it difficult for you to close your eyes. People go blind from this depending on severity. We don't understand why smoking increases your risk but it does. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Pack
69 doctors shared insights

Thyroid Drug (Overview)

Thyroid agents are a kind of nutritional or metabolic agent.


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What thyroid condition is the drug armour prescribed for?

What thyroid condition is the drug armour prescribed for?

Absolutely NONE: So called "armour" thyroid is garbage, it's ground up pigs. Switch to real replacement with brand name T4 and let you doctor regulate the dose. Stop getting your medical information from friends or the internet. Get and utilize a real doctor! ...Read more

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Will thyroid hormones or antithyroid medications interfere with a tc99m pertechnetate thyroid scan?

Will thyroid hormones or antithyroid medications interfere with a tc99m pertechnetate thyroid scan?

Not usually: Technetium is usually trapped by thyroid gland and used to determine in young children and infants the configuration of thyroid gland, hypoplasia, absence, or increased size or hyperplasia, or abnormal location. Radioactive iodine is used in older patients for determine function of thyroid gland, increased function or hyperthyroiidism or decreased function, hypothyroidism. ...Read more

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Side effect of anti thyroid drug?

Side effect of anti thyroid drug?

Lots to know: Usual GI upset, possible rash, but the ones you need to know about are the rare idisyncratic reaction you can get that may cause liver failure or bone marrow suppression. There are rare occurrances and as long as you stop med. Immediately if symptoms occur, you are safe. Discontinue med if you develop yellow eyes or unexplained fever and call your doc. It may be unrelated but you will be safer. ...Read more

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Is thyroid medication effective?

Is thyroid medication effective?

Yes: For the most part. You have to properly store the thyroid replacement and take same time daily. There are rare cases where only brand name synthroid (thyroxine) works and generic doesn't work but this is rare ...Read more

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Synthroid (thyroxine) or Armour Thyroid for hypothyriodism?

Synthroid (thyroxine) or Armour Thyroid for  hypothyriodism?

Levothyroxine.: Levothyroxine, generic form of synthroid, has many advantages over armour thyroid. The armour product has significant batch to batch variation and has T3 (liothyronine) in it. Since the T3 (liothyronine) portion of armour has a very quick onset and short duration, it can wreak havoc with the ability to effectively treat hypothyroidism. Until there is a long-acting form of T3 (liothyronine) available, stick to levothyroxine. ...Read more

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My thyroid test shows thyroxine 13.3 microgram %, tri iodo thyroxine 1.81 ng/ml thyroid stimulating hormone 1.8 uIU/ml. Is there any problem?

My thyroid test shows thyroxine 13.3 microgram %, tri iodo thyroxine 1.81 ng/ml thyroid stimulating hormone 1.8 uIU/ml. Is there any problem?

Thyroid tests: These appear to be normal values, but you did not provide the normal values: the normal range varies from one lab to another. If they're normal, then you are not hyper or hypo thyroid. But why were these tests performed? This needs to be interpreted by whomever ordered these tests. ...Read more

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Medications to control thyroid level?

Hypo or Hypo Thyroid: In determine what medication to use to control abnormal "thyroid level", one must first establish if thyroid hormone levels are high (hyperthyroidism) or low (hypothryoidism). ...Read more

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Which thyroid conditions is the drug armour prescribed for?

Which thyroid conditions is the drug armour prescribed for?

Hypothyroidism: Armour thyroid is made from dessicated cow and/or pig thyroid. It contains thyroid hormone and could be used to treat a low thyroid. Synthroid or levothyroxine is purified thyroid hormone and more commonly used than armour thyroid. ...Read more

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Medicine for thyroid nodule?

Dr. James Chu Dr. Chu
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Medicine for thyroid nodule?

Depends on problem: 3 major categories of potential health issues caused by thyroid nodules: a) large size affecting swallowing, breathing, voice ; b) over active production of thyroid hormone (hyperthyroid) ; and c) ~5% of nodules are cancer. Methimazole and ptu (propylthiouracil) are pills that block thyroid hormone production, treating b) above. Radioactive i-131 can shrink/destroy nodule, treating a) and b). Need surgery for c). ...Read more

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Elevated thyroid antibody. But normal thyroid level? Is medicine needed?

Elevated thyroid antibody. But normal thyroid level? Is medicine needed?

Not yet: Anti thyroid antibodies are a sign that your immune system is attacking your thyroid gland. Over time, your gland may fail and them you will require thyroid hormone replacement. Your physician should check your TSH level periodically. When TSH starts to rise, consider medication. Antithyroid antibodies raise your risk of having infertility issues. Make sure your ob/gyn is aware of this. ...Read more

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Can thyroid medicines be stopped for sub clinical thyroid?

Can thyroid medicines be stopped for sub clinical thyroid?

In some cases: Talk to your doctor before doing this and come up with a plan to monitor you and make sure that your hypothyroidism is still subclinical, meaning that it is causing no ill effects. Many times, though, subclinical hypothyroidism will progress to overt hypothyroidism, so you and your doctor will need to monitor this for many years. ...Read more

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Does blood test for thyroid function show hormone irregularities?

Does blood test for thyroid function show hormone irregularities?

Only thyroid: If the only hormone measured was thyroid, then that is the only hormone abnormality that would be detected. ...Read more

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Is Armour Thyroid a safe drug? 30 mg a high or low dose? Hashimotos.

Hashimoto's : I consider Armour Thyroid a very safe drug. It has been used for decades. 30mg is half a grain. It is next to the lowest dose you can get. Thyroid hormone dosing varies a lot. It needs to be personalized to you and your response. ...Read more

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Normal lab results, hyper thyroid symptoms. (tachycardia/insomnia) is Synthroid (thyroxine) or armour preferred? Possible adrenal issue?

Normal lab results, hyper thyroid symptoms. (tachycardia/insomnia) is Synthroid (thyroxine) or armour preferred?  Possible adrenal issue?

Not for hyper: Adding thyroid hormone replacement to a hyperthyroid gland will exacerbate the problem. If there is underlying adrenal insufficiency, adrenal crisis is more likely to occur in someone with hyperthyroidism. Highly recommend endocrine evaluation if you have these issues. ...Read more

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Armour vs thyrolar (thyroxine and liothyronine) for thyriod medicine?

Armour vs thyrolar (thyroxine and liothyronine)  for thyriod medicine?

Not the best: All of the major professional societies for thyroid specialists, the endocrine society, the american thyroid association, and the american association of clinical endocrinologists have issued formal statements indicating that levothyroxine is the best choice for most patients. Both armour and thyrolar (thyroxine and liothyronine) provide too much T3 relative to t4, making it very difficult to keep tsh, free T4 & T3 normal. ...Read more

Dr. Austina Cho
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more