Armour thyroid no prescription needed

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First - thyroid supplementation is for an underactive thyroid, bot an overactive thyroid. Both Armour Thyroid and levothyroxine are thyroid supplements - levothyroxine is T4, which is the form of hormone produced by the thyroid gland, and which is converted to the active T3 form. Armour Thyroid contains both T4 and T3. Some patients don't seem to convert T4 to T3 quite the way they should and this may explain why some feel better on Armour Thyroid.
I have been taking Armour thyroid with satisfactory results. Unfortunately, I can't find a pharmacy that has it in stock. My M.D. has suggested that I begin taking Synthroid and I am scared that my symptoms may return. I am taking 90mg of Armour and my prescription is for 150mcg of Synthroid. If I have no choice and must change, how do you suggest I make the change.
Armour is all natural thyroid derived from pig thyroid. It contains both T4 and T3 and is not just T4 that the body has to convert to T3 like the synthetics. Yes, you can add Cytomel (T3) to any of them. I've been on Levothyroxine for 6 years now, so I talk about it with lots of experience. But each person has to choose what they think is best for them.
However, it depends on how much damage was done and how long you were hyperthyroid as well. No amount of correcting my thyroid levels will fix up my cracked off tooth enamel or muscle atrophy. I also had a lot of deficiency states since my stomach acid depleted and I was in major oxidative stress (hello skyrocketing thyroid peroxidase antibodies!). My appearance improved drastically taking B/C and E vitamins just to add.
What's the difference between OTC thyroid supplements and Armour? Are thyroids processed differently? I thought the thyroid itself is a gland, so how can the stuff in an OTC supplement be glandular but not contain much thyroid hormones?
Huge exhaustion and bloating are the biggest symptoms. Also, had a blood test and I'm more hypo again, even though I'm taking armour thyroid. I'm surpirsed my naturopath didn't know about the formula change. Will definitly consider switching to nature-throid. Never thought I'd even think about taking a synthetic, but will consider that too if things don't improve.
Anyway, during that time this doctors office left me a phone message saying he had a prescription for me to take that I needed called in; no explanation, no consultation. His office said they couldn't tell me what it was for or any information, just that they'd call it in and I'm supposed to take it.
I smelled the bottle of pills and it had a very bad chemical smell to it, so I stopped taking them. I went to another pharmacy and got a new prescription of Armour thyroid. It seemed fine for the first 2-3 days and then I again got this burning in my throat, esophagus and stomach. When I smelled this second prescription bottle, it now too had this strong chemical odor. I contacted Forest Labs, the manufacturer, and they denied knowing about any such problems.
I got scared and wanted to try armour thyroid. 1 gram a day. Well, I started getting pelvic pain, back pain, and digestion issues. Been in it for 8 days. I think the armour might be causing my pain, and messing with my body. I think I should go back to 88 and 2.5 cytomel for 6 weeks. 7.5 was to much. And the loss of muscle tone scarey. But the pelvic ache is not fun, and my ph off causing a discharge. I did get tested for std's nothing has shown up yet. I let dr.
T4 to T3 conversion occurs outside the thyroid -- the thyroid is not needed for this and studies looking at pre and post thyroidectomy patients have documented that T3 levels do not change in patients from when they had their thyroid to when they have no thyroid and are only on T4 medication. Some people appear to do better with T4/T3 combination such as armour or adding cytomel to T4 -- I usually will dose this in am and 2pm as this seems to help.
My understanding is that in the UK, like many other areas, you cannot obtain thyroid meds without a prescription. So you are going to have to prevail on your doctor to accept that TSH is affected by so many variables that it is totally inadequate as the sole diagnostic for thyroid issues.
I was on Armour Thyroid for years. In 2008 had heavy bleeding which led to a hysterectomy in April 09 was put on HRT. Then all these weird symptoms started showing up; sinus infections, head pressure, body aches, memory issues, etc. I stopped all HRT June 2010 but still had those symptoms plus Anxiety, Insomnia, sinus infections, headaches overall restlessness. In December GP prescribed Anxiety meds because I wasn't sleeping she felt that was why I had anxiety.
I found company from the United Kingdom called IA, International Antiaging that sells many drugs including Forrest Armour thyroid, I was thinking of buying this here because none of my Dr's will help me and I am sick and tired of feeling so sick and tired, Anyone know about this copany and if it is legitimate??
After being here for almost 3 years on this board and the research and interviews I have done with many local doctors there is no evidence being on a decissated thyroid med or T4 Synthetic effects a pregnancy. Its the condition of the patient- with the disease- that effects the birth not the choice of the meds being used. Do you have a logical explaination from this doctor on why this med is the best? You mention "something" comes up? - What is that?
Armour is natural desiccated thyroid tablets are made from raw pork, pig thyroid glands (some cases beef and/or sheep) collected at slaughterhouses, which are tested for absence of Salmonella and E. Coli, then held in a frozen state until they are delivered to the processing laboratory where they are minced, placed in a vacuum dryer, defatted, then milled to a fine powder before being packaged. Samples are tested for chemical and microbiological characteristics.
I was fine w/ all of that feeling overall pretty good - no mood swings, decent concentration, enjoying life and work. I needed a refill of Armour before I could get in to my thyroid doctor so my PCP gave me a 1 mo. refill of Armour and ran a blood test (she said she needed to have some documentation for writing the prescription). Results were as follows (w/ the previous September lab for comparison): February: Taken at 9 am, 1 hour after morning dose TSH: 2.95 normal = .4 - 4.7 Ft4: .
The change from 100 to 50 is a very big jump, and since you have no thyroid, 50 is no where near a full replacement dose. What dose were you taking immediately before your current labs (TSH=42.88, FT3=2.0, FT4=4.7)? Were you already on the 100 mcg? If so, for how long had you been at 100 mcg?
And here I thought soy was a no-no for thyroid patients. Hence, my problem with diet recommendations because how many times haven't the advice we've been given from mainstream practitioners and nutritionists been proven to be wrong in the past? They don't come right out and say, "Ooops, we made a mistake," but it would be refreshing if they did.
I was fine on the introductory dose of 30 mg of Armour, but once my TSH got higher and I needed to increase the meds, the worse I felt because of all the t3. Just wanted to throw out another opinion. Armour CAN AND DOES work well for some people. But there are also other people just like me who cant tolerate it. Ill never take it again. It made me feel terrible.
Stella Stella, You seem very knowledgable and I was hoping you could help me though adjusting my armour. I have Grave's disease and no thyroid (RAI). I took 1.5 grains of armour 1X day for a year with no problems. Almost overnight, my TSH raised to 5.8 and my FT3 dropped to 2.3, FT4 .61 so I needed to raise my armour. Ever since this time, I have struggled.
On the conversion chart on the natur-throid site you would take the same as the armour. I wanted to know if anyone is taking the natur-throid instead of the armour and how they are doing on it? Thanks for any input.
I had my thyroid taken out in May this year. I was on synthetic but now am just starting on Armour. My thyroidectomy was due to suspicious cytology. Definitive diagnosis is difficult by needle aspiration and surgery is needed in some situations to be able to pin down a correct diagnosis. In my case, the thyroid was totally filled up with nodules so there wasn't much of it functioning anyway so they just took it out. I did fine. The surgery was as easy as one could imagine...
-) I have also read that thyroid hormones are best taken at bedtime, as a healthy thyroid gland is most active during sleep and produces mainly T4 which is then converted to T3 around 3 am in order to stimulate the adrenals in the early morning hours. It seems many patients on T4 only meds who start taking thyroid meds at bedtime feel better and report higher FTs and lower TSH, but I don't know if it's such a good idea to take T3 before going to bed?
Well to make this a bit quicker, I ended up on levothyroxine for 11 years, never felt myself since, and just 4 days ago I began the Armour thyroid, I was lucky to get the dr. acceptance of my request to try the Armour I hear so many compliments and how much it has positively changed a person.
I had to go up to 360 mg to get the same effect as I do on Armour, but I still feel better on Armour. It feels like Armour is longer-lasting, while the effects of Erfa wear off pretty fast...but that's just me, of course. Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
Yep! - Microcellulose crystals............. so in some cases its NO better than Armour thyroid is. Here's where YOU have to do your homework with getting thyroid compounded.... Call the compounder pharmacist and ask about the fillers used. You may feel staying away from any MCC and ask if other fillers can be utilized.
Six years ago a naturopath prescribed Armour Thyroid for my low Thyroid and it worked at leveling my TSH. Last year my TSH was high and my GP prescribed Levothyroxine, but I went ahead and got a non-prescription NDT. My GP (who I like) thinks the synthetic is more effective than the natural and doesn't want to prescribe Armour. He suggested I speak with an Endocrinologist, who I will see next week.
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Today I have some energy after over doing it yesterday. :) Not as racey feeling today, but still have dizziness. But as Mk said and reminded me, dizziness comes with hypo symptoms. Duh....I always seem to forget. :) Onward marching!! Thank you for everyone's support and emails!
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