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Doctor insights on: Armour Thyroid Vs Synthroid Hair Loss

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Dr. Foster Carr
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Hair Loss (Definition)

Hair loss, otherwise known as alopecia, can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles or fungal infections. There are two main types of alopecia. Alopecia areata occurs when the body's immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair to fall out. Androgenetic (or androgenic) alopecia, on the other hand, is an inherited form of hair loss. With alopecia areata, hair can fall out in patches all over the body. With androgenetic alopecia, hair on the head first thins and then falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called ...Read more


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4mos post Rad/Chemo 4HNC. TSH rising now 5.02. Loosing hair. RX Levothyroxine, 50mcg causes hair loss. Would I be better w Armour thyroid-treats T3 (liothyronine)?

4mos post Rad/Chemo 4HNC. TSH rising now 5.02. Loosing hair. RX Levothyroxine, 50mcg causes hair loss. Would I be better w Armour thyroid-treats T3 (liothyronine)?

More info: Hi. I'm not here to guess. Is HNC head and neck cancer? I hate to assume. If so, squamous? All this assumption. You may need more thyroid hormone. Armour (desiccated cadaveric pig thyroid extract) is no better, and certainly less predictable than l-thyroxine. If you prefer Armour, go for it, but effects are the same. Whatever you have, good luck! ...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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I am on Synthroid (thyroxine) for 16 yrs. My dr recommended I go on Armour Thyroid I had thyroid cancer and left node removed. Would u recommend this?

I am on Synthroid (thyroxine) for 16 yrs. My dr recommended I go on Armour Thyroid I had thyroid cancer and left node removed. Would u recommend this?

If nothiing else: Throid hormone turns off pituitary TSH that stimulates thyroid tissue, including some malignant cells. It lets your thyroid rest and the drugs due its job. I would do this in a patient or even myslef if I had thyroid cancer. ...Read more

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Doctor recommended Armour Thyroid for borderline TSH saying it's better than synthroid, (thyroxine) why?

Armour has bothT4+T3: Synthroid (thyroxine) contains t4; however, Armour Thyroid contains T3 and t4. Thus, when a person switches to armour, the fact that T3 is approximately four times as potent as T4 must be taken into account. ...Read more

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I've been taking Synthroid (thyroxine) (or Armour Thyroid) since 2012. However, I'm still tired, cold a lot & am struggling a bit to maintain my usual weight.

I've been taking Synthroid (thyroxine) (or Armour Thyroid) since 2012. However, I'm still tired, cold a lot & am struggling a bit to maintain my usual weight.

HYPOTHYROIDISM: HYPOTHYROIDISM can cause a myriad of symptoms. In women it can cause weight gain /fatigue/dysfunctional uterine bleeding resulting in a secondary anemia. I have better success with Armour thyroid and try to get TSH<1. Additionally Cytomel (T3) can be added. Also gluten free diet (WHOLEAPPROACH. COM) also Topamax (topiramate) at bedtime can be addedGet your levels checked regularly and follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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What can I use to replace Armour Thyroid meds? .I do not tolerate Synthroid (thyroxine) or levitroid?

What can I use to replace Armour Thyroid meds? .I do not tolerate Synthroid (thyroxine) or levitroid?

"do not tolerate. ': Do not tolerate synthroid (thyroxine) or levothroid means you don't have correct dose!! the chemical in them is exact same chemical your body produces ...Read more

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I've been on Synthroid (thyroxine) for about 13 years and I only felt good a small portion of that time. Is Armour Thyroid worth a try? My labs are good but I have all the hypo symptoms

Low dose T3 (liothyronine): The symptoms of hypothyroidism can also be found in other conditions so further evaluation would be in order if TSH is normal. That being said, the addition of a low dose of liothyronine (T3) sometimes results in an improved sense of well being in hypothyroid patients. ...Read more

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Will taking pumpkin seed oil supplements 1000mg for hair loss, negatively effect my thyroid functioning? I have hypothyroidism taking 75mcg synthyroid

Will taking pumpkin seed oil supplements 1000mg for hair loss, negatively effect my thyroid functioning? I have hypothyroidism taking 75mcg synthyroid

Not studied: Hi. No one has studied the effect of pumpkin seed oil (PSO) on thyroid function; just like no one has studied its effect on hair loss! So take PSO to your heart's content; you're enriching some snake oil salesperson, but I seriously doubt it will have any effect on your thyroid function tests or l-thyroxine dose. Good luck! ...Read more

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Recently have hair loss prob from synthroid (thyroxine). What can a Dr prescribe? Does a dermatologist deal w/this? Many expensive products in store not sure...

Synthroid (thyroxine): Does NOT cause hair loss. The problems with your thyroid that lead to your needing Synthroid (thyroxine) can cause hair loss problems, but it is hair breakage, not true loss, and will regrow if your thyroid level is normalized. ...Read more

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What can I do for hair loss issue that I think is caused by medication I'm taking? I take. 125 mcg synthroid, (thyroxine) sotto pellet HRT injection and accutane.

Hair loss from meds?: Both hypothyroidism as well as hyperthyroidism can cause hair loss. I would recommend seeing a dermatologist or someone expert in the hair loss treatment not due to genetic causes. ...Read more

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Why am I having hair loss and my TSH level are normal? Can it be my Synthroid (thyroxine) medicine?

Why am I having hair loss and my TSH level are normal? Can it be my Synthroid (thyroxine) medicine?

Not thyroid: There are many causes of hair loss. Abnormal thyroid levels can cause hair loss, but most cases of hair loss are due to other things, including stress, genetics, vitamin deficiency, diet, adequate sleep. Work with your doctor (primary care or dermatologist) on this. ...Read more

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Can the synthroid levothryoxine cause hair loss as a side effect? I have Hashimoto's and I'm afraid to take the medication for fear of losing my hair

Can the synthroid levothryoxine cause hair loss as a side effect? I have Hashimoto's and I'm afraid to take the medication for fear of losing my hair

Take medication: You are more likely to lose hair from hypothyroidism than from taking thyroxine. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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I have pain in hair roots when moving hairs or comb. And lossing 75 to 125 hairs daily. Having thyroxine for high TSH. What is the cause of hair loss?

Most likely: Due to the hypothyroidism which is now being treated. It will take months after your thyroid level is normalized for the hair breakage to stop, but you won't permanently lose any hair. It regrows, but takes months. ...Read more

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Hair loss still, synthroid (thyroxine) 50 mcg, TSH 4.4, t4 (18), T3 (2.2.) Why no hair regrowth?

Hair loss still, synthroid (thyroxine) 50 mcg, TSH 4.4, t4 (18), T3 (2.2.) Why no hair regrowth?

Too little info: To be able to guess. The best place to start would be with whomever prescribed the Synthroid (thyroxine) ...Read more

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I'm 36y/o, ttc>9mos. Tsh =0.9 three yrs ago, now its 2.5. Should I be on a low dose Synthroid (thyroxine) to improve fertility? Been having hair loss & cold intol

I'm 36y/o, ttc>9mos. Tsh =0.9 three yrs ago, now its 2.5. Should I be on a low dose Synthroid (thyroxine) to improve fertility? Been having hair loss & cold intol

TSH 2.5 is normal: A TSH of 2.5 indicates normal thyroid status, assuming that the pituitary is working normally. An evaluation to check this assumption out might be worthwhile at this point. ...Read more

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Thyroid (Definition)

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