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Dr. Michael Dansie Dr. Dansie
Family Medicine
12 years in practice
University of Utah School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Richard Shewbridge Dr. Shewbridge
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
29 years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper Dr. Kleerekoper
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
47 years in practice
University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Stanley Schwartz Dr. Schwartz
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
48 years in practice
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Homer Lassiter Dr. Lassiter
Family Medicine
years in practice
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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.

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Dr. John Feola Dr. Feola
Internal Medicine
27 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi Dr. Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
43 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Leon Katz Dr. Katz
Bariatrics
25 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Vasu Brown Dr. Brown
Wound care
30 years in practice
Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, Chengalpattu Medical College
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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.

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Dr. Su Fairchild Dr. Fairchild
Integrative Medicine
20 years in practice
Medical College of Pennsylvania
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Dr. Michael Dansie Dr. Dansie
Family Medicine
12 years in practice
University of Utah School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Melissa Young Dr. Young
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
5 years in practice
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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.

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Dr. Stanley Schwartz Dr. Schwartz
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
48 years in practice
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
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Dr. Alan Feldman Dr. Feldman
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
37 years in practice
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Bennett Machanic Dr. Machanic
Neurology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino Dr. Barbesino
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
29 years in practice
Catholic University of the Sacred Heart Faculty of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Joseph Mathews Dr. Mathews
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
12 years in practice
Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Liesa Harte Dr. Harte
Family Medicine
25 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio
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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).

Dr. Thomas Knecht Dr. Knecht
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
27 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Liesa Harte Dr. Harte
Family Medicine
25 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio
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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.

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