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

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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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (Definition)

A TSH test measures the amount of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) in your blood. TSH is produced by the pituitary gland and tells the thyroid gland to make and release the hormones thyroxine ...Read more


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I had thyroid removed ~10 yrs ago. (thyroid cancer)on armour thyroid med. recent test results were:T3-288; T4 free-1.1;TSH-.02;doc says lower med ok?

I had thyroid removed ~10 yrs ago. (thyroid cancer)on armour thyroid med. recent test results were:T3-288; T4 free-1.1;TSH-.02;doc says lower med ok?

Thyroid meds: I cannot give good answer as I do not know you like your Drs there do. But sounds like you are on too much but you did not send normal values for that lab. Best to do 2nd opinion with me. And have normal values when we chat. ...Read more

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If your TSH is low , we increase or decreased Armour Thyroid ?

If your TSH is low , we increase or  decreased Armour Thyroid ?

Decrease: If you are on thyroid hormone replacement and your TSH is now low, it indicates the current dose is too high. You typically would decrease the armour dose at this time. I recommend not decreasing meds on your own. Talk and discuss this with your doctor please. ...Read more

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I know the TSH range is like 0.02--5.4. If I am already on Armour Thyroid why is this number 10.5?

I know the TSH range is like 0.02--5.4. If I am already on Armour Thyroid why is this number 10.5?

Too low a dose: The range of what? If you mean the TSH level, the value of 10.5 means you need to increase the dose of your thyroid replacement med. ...Read more

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TSH is 21.2000 and TPO is 130. I am on 60 mg of Armour thyroid medicine. ?

TSH is 21.2000 and TPO is 130. I am on 60 mg of Armour thyroid medicine. ?

Thyroid: Please make sure that an Endocrinologist sees you for evaluation every 3-4 months. Before long your medicine may change for the better. Please let me know how things go. ...Read more

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I have hashimotos, on armour thyroid, tsh, ft3, ft4 is normal but antibodies are high. I have lots of symptoms. How can I get my antibodies down?

Do not treat antibod: Hashimoto's is an autoimmune disorder of the thyroid. Although many people have hypothyroidism, they can have normal thyroid function initially, as you do. Your symptoms are not likely to be related to your thyroid. High thyroid antibodies are simply an indicator of having autoimmune thyroid disease, it has nothing to do with the course of the disorder. Trying to treat the antibodies will not help. ...Read more

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Tsh 1.190-free T4 1.16-freet3 1.11 put on Armour Thyroid 15mg qd. Numbers don't add up for hypothyroidism. What am i missing? (53y, female, postmen)

Tsh 1.190-free T4 1.16-freet3 1.11 put on Armour Thyroid 15mg qd. Numbers don't add up for hypothyroidism. What am i missing? (53y, female, postmen)

Not hypothyroid: Tsh and ft4 completely normal. Addition of armour or other thyroid hormone supplement may make you hyperthyroid. Post-menopausal women are at high risk for osteoporosis. Hyperthyroidism causes bone loss, high blood pressure, rapid heart rate, possible arrhythmias. T3 (liothyronine) or ft3 is of no clinical use in the diagnosis of hypothyroidism. ...Read more

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Overmedicated with Armour thyroid off Armour for 2wks. TSH is finally lower, is it normal for t4 to still be going up? Causing sx that sent me to ER

TSH: If you have been off Armour for two weeks yet your T4 is still going up, something is not quite right. What happened when you went to the ER? Please let me know what the ER team told you and I will try and more fully understand what is going on regarding thyroid. ...Read more

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How are high levels of thyroid peroxidase antibody treated (125)tsh (317)ft4(74) is armour thyroid safe im ttc?

They aren't: That study indicates the presence of autoimmune thyroid disease. You treat if tests show the presence of low thyroid function. ...Read more

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Free T3 (liothyronine) 3.00 free T4 1.0 would i benefit from armour thyroid? I read that TSH number is irrelevant due many factors.

Free T3 (liothyronine) 3.00 free T4 1.0  would i benefit from armour thyroid? I read that TSH number is irrelevant due many factors.

Completely opposite: The TSH is the most sensitive and reliable indicator of your thyroid function (unless you have a pituitary problem). The other thyroid levels are less reliable and only helpful in people with know thyroid disorders. Taking Armour Thyroid when your thyroid works normally will do nothing except make your thyroid stop working. ...Read more

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Current blood work: T4 8.0 (4.5-12) TSH .049 (.45-4.5), with hypothyroidism and hashimotos, taking 90mg armour thyroid, are these levels ok?

Current blood work: T4 8.0 (4.5-12) TSH .049 (.45-4.5), with hypothyroidism and hashimotos, taking 90mg armour thyroid, are these levels ok?

Thyroid problem: If the lab is reporting TSH .049 with normal range of .45-4.5 then it means that you are taking too much thyroid armour. Check with your doctor. If the test and normal range are correct then you should be on less thyroid armour. ...Read more

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My free T4 same @ 1.15, but my free T3 (liothyronine) has gone down to 2.8 since taking Armour Thyroid 90 mg for 9 months. TSH is 1.3 Shouldn't fT4 and fT3 (liothyronine) increase ?

Thyroid: 1: Forget the numbers - how do you feel? 2: You might want to try 90 mg one day and 90 + 45 the next for a few weeks. If that is helping you that would be the time to recheck your thyroid tests. Please let me know how things turn out. ...Read more

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Thyroid issue please look hi i just got back test result. Im on 150 mcg Synthroid and 1 grain armour. I missed this month period, I have also difficult time to lose weight and feeling tired. Where is the problem? > > TSH 0.006 norma 0.450 - 4.5 >

Thyroid issue please look hi i just got back test result. Im on 150 mcg Synthroid and 1 grain armour. I
missed this month period, I have also difficult time to lose weight and feeling tired. Where is
the problem? 
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> TSH   0.006      norma 0.450 - 4.5
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The : The Armour Thyroid screws up the tests and makes treatment very challenging and has many drawbacks. See my blog post below. There are many causes of fatigue, tiredness and difficulty losing weight. No endocrinologist or experts recommend checking reverse t3, its silly and a waste of money. These tests suggest that you are getting too much thyroid hormone. I suggest you discuss with your prescribing doctor, hopefully an endocrinologist, switching you to synthroid (thyroxine) only and rechecking your levels in 6 weeks. Too much thyroid can also cause tiredness and stress your heart. ...Read more

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Is it true that the target dose for someone starting on Armour Thyroid would be 1.6*ideal bodyweight in kg?How much shud be enough dose for TSH 5.85?

There is NO target: Dose because no human should be taking ground up pig parts as a medication. If you have hypothyroidism, you need brand name T4 replacement. You can't measure the effects of armour with blood tests, and it's not standardized on thyroid content, but iodine content, which is inaccurate and variable. It also contains T3 (liothyronine) which can be dangerous. Don't use armour, there are safer/better products availabl. ...Read more

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Dr. Bernard Seif
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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


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Armour Thyroid (Definition)

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