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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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Thyroid (Definition)

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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

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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How can I speed up my metabolism when I don't have a thyroid? Do I have a metabolism? I'm taking Armour Thyroid and levoxyl (thyroxine). I'm eating right and walking everday but I can't seem to lose weight.

Increase exercise: You may benefit from simply exercising a little bit longer or at a higher intesity. Consider a pedometer to help you keep a consistent track of how active you are. ...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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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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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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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?

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?

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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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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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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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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Armour Thyroid (Definition)

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