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Why did you say don't use armour thyroid?

Why did you say don't use armour thyroid?

Not Recommended: The main reason physicians will tell you not to use it, it that since 2002, the american association of clinical endocrinologists does not recommend the use of desiccated thyroid for thyroid replacement therapy for hypothyroidism (baskin, 2002). In general,
desiccated thyroid hormone, does not provide a uniform amounts of levothyroxine. ...Read more

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Dr. Corey Clay
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Armour thyroid, is this a Rx? Is it pig thyroid? Are the chances good my Fnp would let me switch me from levothyroxine?

Armour thyroid, is this a Rx? Is it pig thyroid? Are the chances good my Fnp would let me switch me from levothyroxine?

Yes, yes, maybe: It is a thyroid supplement derived from pig thyroid glands. It is a natural choice that some people request. Typically most health care professionals prefer levothyroxine (synthroid) because it is more familiar to them in terms of dosing and management. Some ...Read more

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Which is better for hypothyroid, levothyroxine or Armour Thyroid without weight gain?

Which is better for hypothyroid, levothyroxine or Armour Thyroid without weight gain?

Depends: Depends on how well you are converting T4 to t3 (liothyronine). It you are converting too much T4 to reverse t3 (liothyronine), you may be better off on armour.
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New doctor took me off Armour Thyroid put me on levothyroxine why do my breasts tingle, any connection?

New doctor took me off Armour Thyroid put me on levothyroxine why do my breasts tingle, any connection?

Not likely: Levothyroxine is pure T4 thyroid hormone. Armour thyroid is dessicated pig thyroid and contains mostly T4 as the active thyroid hormone, but also some t3 (liothyronine). Both will work to correct low thyroid levels, but Armour Thyroid tends to be more variable in potency and thus causes more fluctuations in thyroid levels. I have never heard of breast tingling being a side effect of either med. ...Read more

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I take levothyroxine and armour thyroid but it's been causing depression and chest pain. Is there an alternative medicine I could be prescribed?

I take levothyroxine and armour thyroid but it's been causing depression and chest pain. Is there an alternative medicine I could be prescribed?

Sure this is cause?: I've had hundreds of patients on these meds and none have reported depression or chest pain; I question if these are the cause. Only options are levothyroxine, natural thyroid (Armour or Naturethroid) & liothyronine (which is seldom used on its own). It's unusual to take both levo. & Armour. Those with thyroiditis may react to Armour, or you may not be taking enough. See http://tinyurl. Com/6gvsxqu ...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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I was wondering is Armour Thyroid better than levothyroxin?

I was wondering is Armour Thyroid better than levothyroxin?

Armour Thyroid: Some people say that Armour Thyroid is better, but really it is just different. Armour is a physiological mix of T3 (liothyronine) and T4 in the form of an extract of pig thyroid gland.

Levothyroxin is a synthetic T4.

It is true that some patients do feel better on Armour. Some patients feel better on Levothyroxine. The synthetic T4s can cause more of an increase in reverse T3 (liothyronine). ...Read more

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Can you tell me if Armour Thyroid is better than levothyroxin?

Can you tell me if Armour Thyroid is better than levothyroxin?

No, it's not: Hi. Some people want desiccated porcine thyroid extract (Armour thyroid) for various reasons. We can manage fine with Armour, but levothyroxine is more pure; as a slaughter house thyroid extract, Armour has more lot-to-lot variability. If it was me I were treating, I'd take levothyroxine, but I respect patients' wishes and will use Armour if they really want it. ...Read more

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I was on 90 mg armour thyroid. Now my dr. Switched me to 150 mcg of levothyroxin. Is that a correct dosage accordingly?

I was on 90 mg armour thyroid. Now my dr. Switched me to 150 mcg of levothyroxin. Is that a correct dosage accordingly?

Yes: Not exact science but that is roughly the equivalent dose. You need to get your labs checked in 8-12 weeks to make sure your level is still ok every time you switch a brand. ...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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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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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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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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Please describe the medication: armour thyroid?

Please describe the medication: armour thyroid?

Natural thyroid: Armour thyroid is dried thyroid from pigs. It contains active T3 (liothyronine) hormone and inactive T4 hormone that your body changes into the active form. There are other brands like Nature-Throid and westhroid, as well as generic "desiccated thyroid.". ...Read more

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Can l-tyrosine help with armour thyroid?

Can l-tyrosine help with armour thyroid?

No: There is no evidence that l-tyrosine is of any benefit or harm to people with thyroid disease or taking thyroid hormone. ...Read more

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