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Armour vs thyrolar (thyroxine and liothyronine) which is better thyriod medicine?

Armour vs thyrolar (thyroxine and liothyronine) which is better thyriod medicine?

Neither : The american thyroid association, the endocrine society and the american association of clinical endocrinologists all recommend the use of levothyroxine for the treatment of hypothyroidism and discourage the use of dessicated (dried) animal thyroid. ...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

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Armour or Synthroid (thyroxine) which is better?

Armour or Synthroid (thyroxine) which is better?

Depends: Depends on your body. Some people do better on synthroid (thyroxine) and others do better on Armour. Everyone is different. The question is not which is the better medication. The question is which is better for you. ...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. http://drfairchild.blogspot.com/2012/12/proper-thyroid-testing.html. ...Read more

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Is armour/dessicated thyroid med really better than synthroid (thyroxine)?

Is armour/dessicated thyroid med really better than synthroid (thyroxine)?

No.: The short answer is no, there are no studies to show that desicated thyroid or Armour Thyroid are better than synthroid (thyroxine). You definitely should have this discussion with your endocrinologist, however. ...Read more

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Is the natural medication for hypothyroidism (armour) a maoi?

Is the natural medication for hypothyroidism (armour) a maoi?

No: Maoi = mono-amine oxidase inhibitor. This class of medication is intended to treat depression. Due to their many and severe interactions with other meds and food, they are rarely used any more. They are unrelated to thyroid hormone, either so-called "natural" armour, or synthetic levothyroxine. ...Read more

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Should a person with hyper thyroidism take typical thyroid medication like Synthroid (thyroxine)?

 Should a person with hyper thyroidism take typical thyroid  medication  like Synthroid (thyroxine)?

Usually not: Usually, a person with hyperthyroidism has too much thyroid hormone in her body. One would take Synthroid (thyroxine) (synthetic hormone) to make up for a lack of enough thyroid hormone due to HYPOthyroidism. A person with HYPOthyroidism who becomes hyperthyroid due to taking too high of a dose of Synthroid (thyroxine) might be asked to take Synthroid (thyroxine) (at a lower dose) even though she is temporarily hyperthyroid. ...Read more

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Is a natural hormone like "armour" better to use than sythetics like levoxyl (thyroxine) or synthroid?

Is a natural hormone like "armour" better to  use than sythetics like levoxyl (thyroxine) or synthroid?

Thyroid: It depends on the individual. Armour thyroid is different from the other two because it has T3 (liothyronine) and T4 in a 1:4 ratio. The other 2 only have t4. Your prescriber will look at your blood test and determine which medicine based on your levels are a best fit. ...Read more

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What's the difference between Synthroid (thyroxine) and armoire thyroid medication?

What's the difference between Synthroid (thyroxine) and armoire thyroid medication?

Synthetic vs pig: Synthroid is levothyroxine (t4) produced synthetically. Armour thyroid ( armour like the hot dog) is a mixture of tri iodothyronine (t3) and T4 extracted from pig thyroid. Both products are used to treat hypothyroidism. ...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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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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Will diet pills affect my Synthroid (thyroxine) medication. I'm looking into the natural garcinia pill. But i take Synthroid (thyroxine) for thyroid.

Will diet pills affect my Synthroid (thyroxine) medication. I'm looking into the natural garcinia pill. But i take Synthroid (thyroxine) for thyroid.

No Diet Pills work: Please save your money. There is still no diet pill that will really lead you to real and lasting weight loss. Please do not be gullible to this one more product designed to take money from the overweight. ...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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Is generic levothyroxin as effective as brand name Synthroid (thyroxine) for treating hypothyroidism?

Is generic levothyroxin as effective as brand name Synthroid (thyroxine) for treating hypothyroidism?

NO!: You only want to use brand name T4 replacement. There are several brand names available, but don't switch back and forth from one to another as even subtle differences in potency can cause big changes in your thyroid level. Don't take generics, as they're cheap but unreliable. ...Read more

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Is there any other treatment for hypothyroidism other than Synthroid (thyroxine) or generic equivalent? Is there Add-on therapy in conjunction with synthroid (thyroxine)?

Is there any other treatment for hypothyroidism other than Synthroid (thyroxine) or generic equivalent? Is there Add-on therapy in conjunction with synthroid (thyroxine)?

Thyroid Medications: 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 feel better on Levothyroxine. The synthetic T4s can cause more of an increase in reverse T3 (liothyronine). NO GENERICS for thyroid. ...Read more

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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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Which thyroid medication works best?

Which thyroid medication works best?

Thyroid: I cannot answer that properly until you tell me whether your thyroid is overactive or underactive. Please check this with your doctor. ...Read more

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