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.
Not better. Armour thyroid is derived from pork thyroid. Both T3 and T4 (amounts vary some from pill to pill) are in the drug. Fortunately, even with thyroid dysfunction, the body still makes the enzyme which converts T4 to T3 ( the more active hormone). Taking additional T3 in a pill is of no benefit and can be excessive causing over activity. Studies have found no benefit to armour vs synthroid (thyroxine) (t4).

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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?

No. For people with thyroid cancer it is important to keep the TSH in a tight range to prevent recurrence. Thyroid evels tend to fluctuate more with Armour Thyroid than synthroid (thyroxine). Read more...
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...

Tsh tests between 18 and 25. Over 8 months. T3 (liothyronine) and t4 good. Could there be underlying cause? Total thyroid removal 2014. Doc increased thyroxine

Increase thyroxine. As you have total thyroid removal , you need Thyroxine as replacement, Dose need to be adjusted based on TSH level, which is preferred to be 0.4 - 2.5. Celiac disease and IBS may cause variability in absorption of Thyroxine. Read more...

Thyroid levels: TSH 6.620, T4 1.13 & T3 (liothyronine) is 2.3. I'm on 125 L- thyroxine 5 days. My doctor said take it 7 days. Will this help? Feeling low energy

Much longer. To rebalance your hormones will take much longer time than 7 days. Other hormones like estrogen, progesterone, cortisol also need to be evaluated. Please consult your doc for detailes. . Read more...

Thyroid issue please look hi I just got back test result. I'm on 150 mcg Synthroid and 1 grain armour. I missed this month period, I have also difficult time to lose weight and feeling tired. Where is the problem? > > TSH 0.006 norma 0.450 - 4.5 >

The . The Armour Thyroid screws up the tests and makes treatment very challenging and has many drawbacks. See my blog post below. There are many causes of fatigue, tiredness and difficulty losing weight. No endocrinologist or experts recommend checking reverse t3, its silly and a waste of money. These tests suggest that you are getting too much thyroid hormone. I suggest you discuss with your prescribing doctor, hopefully an endocrinologist, switching you to synthroid (thyroxine) only and rechecking your levels in 6 weeks. Too much thyroid can also cause tiredness and stress your heart. Read more...
You . You have medication-induced hyperthyroidism and will need dose reduction of your synthroid (thyroxine). Generally, i don't prescribe Armour Thyroid for treatment of hypothyroidism, unless there is clear indication for T3 supplementation. Suppressed TSH can be harmful especially on the long term (decreased bone density, increased risk for cardiac arrhythmia). Please discuss this further with your physician with the goal to achieve normal thyroid levels within the next 6-8 weeks. Good luck. Cayce t. Jehaimi, M.D., faap pediatric endocrinology & diabetes the children's hospital of southwest florida fort myers, fl usa. Read more...
Check RT3. Must check reverse t3. I find it a very useful test in some cases. Check free T3 and reverse t3. Ft3 should be in upper range and rt3 in lower range. If your ratio is off, you may need more Armour Thyroid or t3, and synthroid (thyroxine) would be the wrong med for you. Check my blog for more information http://drfairchild.Blogspot.Com/2012/12/proper-thyroid-testing.Html. Read more...

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.

You . You could look to see if you're leptin resistant. You could assess this with a reverse T3 (liothyronine) test and if it is elevated you like are leptin resistant. If you follow some simple rules how to eat you will be able to activate your uncoupling proteins. Humans have five total but the ones most important for weight loss are ucp 3 and ucp1. Ucp1 is activated by temperature. This is why elite athletes sometime will train in cold environments to shred weight. Mike phelps used this technique to win his gold medals. Sherpa use this too but too when they guide people to everest peak but they offset it by eat straight lard during their ascent to keep their weights up. Take a look at my leptin rx to help you start. Ucp3 is the major one that allows humans to burn calories freely uncoupled from energy metabolism so you can lose weight. Read more...
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...

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...
Thyroid. I personally do not use dedicated cow thyroid (armour). It is not a pure form and has unusual absorption. Synthetic thyroxine(synthroid) is a much purer and better option. Read more...