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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

Thyroid (Definition)

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Does Armour Thyroid increase appetite?

Does Armour Thyroid increase appetite?

It is possible.: If the thyroid hormone dose is too high you might have an increased appetite. If the dose is adjusted appropriately (normal tsh), it would be very unlikely to effect appetite. ...Read more

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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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How do you know if Armour Thyroid is working?

How do you know if Armour Thyroid is working?

Blood tests: The TSH level should be checked to assess if the replacement is adequate. ...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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What is the definition or description of: armour thyroid?

What is the definition or description of: armour thyroid?

Dried animal thyroid: Armour thyroid is a brand of dessicated (i.e. Dried) animal thyroid. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for Armour Thyroid to work?

Weeks: Depending on how low your thyroid level was, and how much Armour Thyroid you are taking, it can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to correct the thyroid level and feel improved. If you are not feeling better despite a normal thyroid level, there is probably another reason for your symptoms. ...Read more

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Should I switch to from my current medication to Armour Thyroid medication?

Should I switch to from my current medication to Armour Thyroid medication?

Thyroid meds: Probably not. If you are on a proper dose of levothyroxine, switching to Armour will not help. ...Read more

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How long after beginning Armour Thyroid will your thyroid be balanced? Is it different for everyone?

How long after beginning Armour Thyroid will your thyroid be balanced? Is it different for everyone?

Also known: Porcine thyroid because its a desiccated thyroid hormone from pigs. In the market safely use for 100 years. Synthetic thyroid came in the 50's and replace it. Still use by some physicians. Depending on the dose you should check your thyroid levels (tsh) after 8 weeks. And if changes made another 8 weeks. That's the way with synthetic thyroid. Can't find any difference with armour thyroid. ...Read more

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I know Armour Thyroid manufacturer changed the formula w/o telling anyone, have these problems been resolved?

I know Armour Thyroid manufacturer changed the formula w/o telling anyone, have these problems been resolved?

Yes: The new formula apparently complies with the fda guidelines. Some people have liked the new formula, others have not and most note little or not difference. ...Read more

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If I take overdose Armour Thyroid and I have the symptom of overdose, should I stop the medicen for a while or decreased?

If I take overdose Armour Thyroid and I have the symptom of overdose, should I stop the medicen for a while or decreased?

Complicated question: It would not hurt to stop it for 1-2 days and then resume at the normal dose. However, it is unclear what is meant by "overdose", and it is unclear why you are taking armour thyroid, rather than the preferable medication, levothyroxine. ...Read more

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What happens to your body if you run out of Armour thyroid?

What happens to your body if you run out of Armour thyroid?

Hypothyroidism: Whether you forget or run out of your Armour thyroid or branded/generic levothyroxine, you'll eventually return to your previous hypothyroid state w/its attendant symptoms. Of course, if you're not convinced that you needed it in first place, it's best to discuss w/prescribing physician. In meantime, always plan to check TSH at least twice 6wks apart after changing or stopping medication. ...Read more

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How long does it take after beginning Armour Thyroid to feel the improvements in your health, and how long before calling dr. If not working?

It depends: It takes weeks to months to improve symptoms related to hypothyroidism, but it also depends on how low your thyroid level was before starting treatment, and what symptoms are related to the thyroid as opposed to other reasons. I have seen many people with marginally abnormal TSH levels, who did not note improvement in symptoms despite normalizing their levels with thyroid hormone. ...Read more

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On Armour Thyroid 15mg*3/day. Help me figure out the apt timing for dosages. Please suggest an interim or the signs to lookout for to take the pills.

On Armour Thyroid 15mg*3/day. Help me figure out the apt timing for dosages. Please suggest an interim or the signs to lookout for to take the pills.

Once daily: Be consistent re: dose time, generally 1/2 hr before or 2 hr after a meal (empty stomach), avoid taking with high dose vit/min supplement. Check levels in about 3 weeks. Watch for increased sweats, weight loss, shortness of breath, nervousness, palpitations, insomnia, frequentbm, hair thinning, tremor, "heebie-jeebies"- symptoms of xs levels of thyroid hormone (native or store-bought). C md. ...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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Will too little Armour Thyroid cause dizziness?

Hypothryroidism: Low thyroid function can cause dizziness, and of course, a variety of additional issues. Easy to check levels with a blood test. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you mix arimidex (anastrozole) and armour thyroid?

Can you mix arimidex (anastrozole) and armour thyroid?

Yes: There is no good reason not to do so. The effect of Arimidex (anastrozole) is not known to be affected by thyroid levels, while Arimidex (anastrozole) is not known to interact with armour (or any other thyroid replacement) directly. ...Read more

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Can stopping Armour Thyroid for six weeks induce myxedema?

Possibly: Depending on the cause of your hypothyroidism, stopping any thyroid supplementation (including armour) could cause severe hypothyroidism to the extent of myxedema coma. ...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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Is Armour Thyroid a safe drug? 30 mg a high or low dose? Hashimotos.

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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Pretibial myxoedema - want to know if you can get it from taking Armour Thyroid?

Pretibial myxoedema - want to know if you can get it from taking Armour Thyroid?

No: Pretibial myxedema is a skin disorder associated with autoimmune thyroid disease (typically Graves disease). It occurs unrelated to thyroid hormone levels or medications such as Armour thyroid. ...Read more

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Can you take 60 mg Armour Thyroid once daily and Imitrex (sumatriptan) together?

Can you take 60 mg Armour Thyroid once daily and Imitrex (sumatriptan) together?

Thyroid: It is best to take Armour thyroid all by itself, and use imitrex (sumatriptan) an hour before or after dose. ...Read more

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Could you tell me why has my libido drastically declined since taking armour thyroid?

Go see your doctor: Tell your doc (whoever prescribed Armour Thyroid) what you've noted. Thyroid replacement, whether levothyroxine or dried pig thyroid, shouldn't negatively impact your sex drive. However, that assumes you're really taking what you think you are and not be contaminated by some unmonitored dietary supplement. Or perhaps you have a pituitary cause for both hypothyroidism & hypogonadism. So go see doc ...Read more

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PCP had me on 60mg of Armour Thyroid. Lowering dose to 30mg. Can I cut 60mg tabs in half until new RX arrives?

PCP had me on 60mg of Armour Thyroid. Lowering dose to 30mg. Can I cut 60mg tabs in half until new RX arrives?

Yes, with conditions: As long as the thyroid med is in a pill, not a capsule, you can cut it in half. Sometimes pills are "scored" which makes them easier to split. Thyroid pills are quite small so you might want to try using a pill cutter, available at any pharmacy. I also recommend that you take the second half of the pill the day after the first so that, over a 2 day period, you get the correct average dose. ...Read more

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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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Armour Thyroid (Definition)

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