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No doctor here at this forum. You might go to the doctor forum and ask Dr. Lupo at http://www.medhelp.org/forums/show/120 or at left of page almost top, under "Thyroid Disorders" in red click on "thyroid" it will take you to the forum.
When some place says the have Armour in capsules, they are misleading you. They are copying as close to Armour using Dessicated Thyroid Powder and putting it in capsules. Its not the same.
I weigh 44 Kilograms and find that I have tremors. I do feel better since using Armour thyroid. I would love to know what I can take to lesson these as people often ask me if I am cold. I often do feel verry cold and then the tremors are even worse.
How do I convince my Endo to change me to Armour from Synthroid..I have been hypo for about 2 years now and nothing is working for any length of time. I am also taking antidepressants for terrible depression. I can not loose any weight, very tired with many of the other issues people that are hypo have. I have tried in the pass but to no avail on switching me to Armour...Recently spoke with a women who is taking Armour and she could have told my story without even knowing me...
75 by cutting up my pills. Now he has decided he wants me to try armour thyroid starting at 90 mg/ day. I'm not sure I want to go this route. I haven't had any issues in all these years and it seems like people have a lot of problems with armour. What do you think?
It will give you a true reading throughout the day and night. As far as the dr that will prescribe armour, you can go to stop the thyroid madness website and check their physician locator for armour prescribing drs. I think the armour website has the same type of locator. Also on one last note: Did you have all the tests done for autoimmune thyroid disease? Do you have hashi's? Did you have a free t3 and free t4 test done with your last tsh?
My tsh and cholesterol went since I switched to Armour from Synthroid, I don't know what to do. I stopped going to my endo because he didn't want to switch me to Armour. the doctor I am going (apparentely does not know anything about hypo) this is the second blood work I done, Tsh is 4.9 , T4: 7.4 , My cholesterol is 215 and the nurse keep telling me everything look normal, I had to change my armour dosage myself from 60mg to 90mg. don't know want to do .
kinda hard anyways since being on armour last 4 days i have had bad anxiety dierehha and last two days sick to tummy....i wanted to try it because so many say it help the sex drive..synthyroid seem to take mine away...called pharmist said go back on synthyroid till i see dr on the 22 and she could addd a t3 agent to the synthyroid..have u or anyone had a sex drive drop on synthyroid> other that that i felt ok on it....
Your going to need to cycle a bit on the Armour for your body to get used to the added Natural Thyroid or Desiccated Thyroid, containing the same hormones that your own thyroid would produceā€“T4, T3, T2, T1 and calcitonin. There is a bit more T3 in Armour thyroid then what the human body produces - but ranges will vary. Until your Free T3 levels are on the higher end of the ranges - or in some case above- hypo symptoms will be present.
I know that the manufacturer added more cellulose to the reformulated Armour, and cellulose is said to bind to the thyroid hormones, thus lowering absorption. However, what I don't understand is WHY a manufacturer of thyroid hormone replacement would want to increase the amount of something that actually makes the drug less effective?!?!? To me, that sounds completely illogical.
Many things need to be considered dosing a patient on Armour. Adrenal issues - NO THYROID patients that had RAI - surgery to remove the gland - etc - etc -etc...... 90mgs of Armour thyroid - just "given" is and should not be said as a majority without proper testing and thyroid history evaluation.
After learning about the importance of Free T3 here on the Forum, I got mine tested and confirmed as low in the range. Got my doctor to switch my meds from Synthroid to Armour Thyroid. After some tweaking, I am now taking 3 grains of Armour. My Free T3 is now 3.9 (range of 2.3 - 4.2) and Free T4 is .84 (range of .60 - 1.50), and I feel best ever. For info my TSH has been around .05 or lower for about 30 years now.
Then suggest following the ratios of T3 and T4 you are use to with Armour. to start. The .150mcg is about equal to the grain dosage of Armour you are on but it is lacking the T3 - Armour has. We have a ratio scale here in our Health Pages on the Armour ratios - vs- synthetics you can read. Usually someone that takes a desiccated thyroid at 90 mg and is about to change to syntheic will look at a dosage of T4 Synthroid at .112mcg and then add Cytomel T3 with the Synthroid at about 10mcg.
I have heard that it did not use to be this way, by seasoned thyroid sufferers. Armour used to be the top of the line, until the pharmaceutical companies got into it. Bah.
if T4 med didnt work for me, then I wouldnt hesitate to take T3 med and if I was able to take Armour..I most certainly would. I may well just be 'one of those people' who may need the help of a pig with a new vlave somewhere down the line. I dont' knock' anything that gives quality of life. I just feel for those that could do well on Armour here in Australia but cant get it.
Sorry to ask this question but has anybody found out what ingredients are in the old Armour compared to the new one? I dont take Armour but have read that it is no good anymore and completely different from the original Armour. Has anybody really dug deep to find out what the change in ingredients are? It would be really helpful to a lot of Armour users if someone could find out. Food for thought..........
they changed my meds agian to armour thyroid 2 tabs of 90 mg does anyone know about this med. This discussion is related to <a href='http://www.medhelp.org/posts/show/472367'>Help very confused</a>.
I have been on the Thyroid blog with Mary Shoman and I see where others are also having problems but what are we supposed to do when we DO NOT want the articificial thyroid RXs the Drs are so quick to push. Sorrry I bent your ear but I want you to know how much I appreciate your taking the time to answer my message.
He's from India so I don't know if that why he feels that Armour thyroid is safe for me to take. He and I have discussed this very issue and he knows that I will not take a synthetic. I hope you are able to find a doctor who will put you on Armour. Keep looking and good luck.
Hi Marigaux! Yes, try the Armour, but also be aware that you may be one of the people, like me, who needs more T3, and therefor must add Cytomel to the Armour dosage. Armour stopped working for me this week, and I figured out on my own by research, that I could possibly need T3, and started taking Cytomel 25 mg Am and 25 mg PM with my 3 grains of Armour, and IMMEDIATELY felt better. This could be your situation, as well.
Many people on Armour take about 2/3 to 3/4 of their daily med in the morning, then take the remainder mid day. I hope your doctor did not tell you to take it before bed. Taking Armour at night is not advised and kind of pointless really. Thyroid hormone gives you the energy you need in your daytime hours that untreated Hypothyroid people lack. Thyroid hormone T3 is more active than just T4 and it can keep you from sleeping at night.
Unfortunately you cannot put off a thyroid disorder. Eventually it will catch up to you....I know from experience. You are going to have to find a way to budget it in or go to a clinic for help. Up at top right hand corner are help pages you can go to and get more information. I know there are labs on line that will do thyroid panels....you will have to search online. Maybe someone else here will have more info on labs. Try a search here for labs? I only pay $11.00 per bottle of my armour....
How long does it take for Armour Thyroid to help fix constipation associated with hypo? I know it depends on your levels, and everyone's body is different, but generally speaking when can I expect an improvement in bowel movement?
JMHO As far as when to take the Armour, most people seem to have better results with your approach of twice a day. It's interesting that your doctor is basically allowing you to increase your dosage based on symptoms. Most want to regulate based on labs only, it seems. So that's good for you. You just want to be careful and not flip over into the hyper state.
how long once i am on the right dose will it take to feel like my concentration,constipation, fatigue, depression and all of that to go away i am very anxious because it has been eight years that i have been feeling this way so now that i am on armour i do feel better but how long does it usually take for those to go away..
30 PM, 30mg I use the Erfa brand and can take sublingually if I need to if I snacked to close to dosing. Erfa is the same potency taken either way. Armour since reformulation in '09 is not as potent taken sublingualy as swallowed.
I weigh 182 and my height is 5ft. 6 inches tall. I need to know how much Armour I have to take since I am going to start it next week. Also if its true that I have to divide the dose and take it twice a day because it peaks in 4 hours.Should I test my TSH before changing to Armour?
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