Armour thyroid over the counter

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armour-thyroid

Is it a prescription RX or Over the counter, I have never heard of it.
25 years ago it was RARE for a 30 year old woman to be diagnosed. Now it's all the rage. You can by over the counter thyroid 'meds'. It's in every magazine. Obese people claim to be 'boarder line' thinking it will change their lives... Something is wrong if people think popping a pill can be the only way. We are the sickest nation on the planet! I have struggled for almost 9 years on thyroid meds only to gain and lose and gain and lose.
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Hello, I am a mess, I have a constipation crisis right now, fairly bad, and I am wondering if this is because I increased my Armour from 1.0 to 1.25? I increased it on June 12th. I am surprised that the increase would do that (I was expecting a relief with this problem, not having it worse!), it could be unrelated as well because I have had constipation problems for 3 years now and have to take medication on a regular basis, except the medication is not helping right now.
Thanks very much for your comments. Yes I think OTC thyroid supplements are supposed to be hormone free in the UK too, but I know of other people who have had similar effects (going a bit hyper) as me whilst taking them. This is the Mayo clinic study I showed my endo: "Use of Over-the-Counter Thyroid Support Pills is Risky, Mayo Clinic Researcher Finds Thursday, October 27, 2011 JACKSONVILLE, Fla.
All was well until I became breathless with every conversation and coughed consistently. I was told to take Coriciden HBP which is over the counter for allergies. I suggested could it be the medicine....no, probably just the allergies. I took cough medicine with Codene and still did not help. I looked up Lotrel's website and low and behold...that was a "BIG" contraindication of the drug. So remember even though you are the patient you are also the guinea pig.
Another thyroid site mentioned some peoples success with grinding up new Armour or NT with common table sugar to improve absorption, thus relieving hypo symptoms associated with the added MCC. Since the originals had more dextrose, this might make sense, how it counter acts the binding characteristics of MCC, I dont know. I though I would throw this out here since no one has mentioned it here. If your having issues one of these reformulated meds, well, could it hurt to try this ?
Anyway, I will be seeing my endo in a little over a week, and she is very easy to talk to and open minded. But over the last year, my levels have been all over the place. And that is a problem with Armour, because being a natural hormone, the tablets are not exactly the same each time. So, I'm glad to have found this thread, I look forward to being part of the support group. Thank you so much for being here!
Basically before I spend a lot of money I don't have to diagnose and find out I am fine, I want to see if all this points to something. A friend told me I may have Vertigo and the thyroid is just a coincidence at the same time and that I should get over teh counter motion sickness medicne and try it. Will this work and can it be taken with Synthroid (75MG) and Celexa that I am on. Thank you!
If I want them to cover Armour it is a $60 a month co-pay. That is laughable since the over the counter price is about $23 or so. Don`t give up there will be help out there somewhere. What I would like to do is organize a convention of hypothyroid patients. We could all get together and compare symptoms = meds = ...Goodluck.
I know this sounds extrememly unusual and very unlikely (especially when my levels were not showing up as high), but this is what is going on and my body cannot seem to handle the T3 input. Perhaps I will need something else down the road; he even mentioned an over the counter supplement that may work well for a subclinical case of hypo. Time will tell, but for now, I am feeling great and hope to stay that way.
Thyroid-S is an over the counter type of med. As such you cannot be sure of the amount of T3 and T4 contained. To me that is like the old saying of "buying a pig-in-a-poke" (pun intended). I'd stick with a porcine NDT type such as Armour Thyroid or Nature-Throid, or the others you mentioned?
The over the counter supplements usually have a thyroid glandular product in them. There are many types of glandulars on the market. BUT the thyroid glandulars are not strong enough for actual thyroid disease....I know I tried them. They are considered a food supplement product and can be bought in health food stores. Unless they are getting thyroid meds from a different country or illegally......not good. Most likely they are talking about glandular products....
Remember, TSH is a pituitary hormone and is not a a thyroid level, nor is it completely indicative of what the thyroid is doing, since TSH can vary greatly even over the course of a day. Some people do better with the tinnitus if they have higher levels of FT3, which is most likely why your doctor put you on armour (T4/T3 combo) instead of the levo, since levo is a T4 only med.
The incision was painful for maybe a day. I never filled my prescription for pain meds, over the counter tylenol was more than enough, and even that I just took to help with sleeping the first couple of nights. I dont know what life w/o a thyroid is like yet. But your husband will have to be on thyroid meds for the rest of his life. From what I understand, it is difficult to get the dose just right, but once is right, things are usually just fine.
One study found OTC thyroid supplements containing detectable levels of active thyroid hormone. Popular Over-the-Counter Thyroid Supplements Contain Actual Thyroid Hormone... "Surprisingly, nine out of ten supplements showed detectable amounts of T3, ranging from 1.3 mcg to 25.4 mcg per tablet. Taken at the recommended dosage, five of the ten supplements delivered T3 quantities in excess of 10 mcg/day, and four delivered T4 quantities ranging from 8.57 to 91.6 mcg/day.
I will say, however, that he does feel like I have a subclinical case of hypo that may be able to be taken care of through an over the counter thyroid support. I pray this is all what it appears and things are not going to fall apart over time. If I have to stay on meds, so be it, but we have to get this right once and for all. Tests showed no Hashi's, RT3 was 225 (90-350). My blood sugars and insulin were also tested, perfect. I am currently taking 15mg Armour 7am and 15 mg 3pm.
He changed from generic to Levoxyl and raised my dose to 75 mcg (my labs had gone downhill after the change to Levoxyl). All this took just over a year. But, I've been on the 75 since January now. Just had labs, and they look about the same as last time, with just a little increase in FT3. So, I think things are stable for the moment anyway. I have Hashi's, so maybe the thyroid is totally defunct at this point, and I'm on total replacement.
you could take OTC thyroid meds and find that the TSH of over 5 is not actually the thyroid causing this level but the Pit. Gland is instead. I had Hyperthyroidism, have Graves Disease, had RAI (radioactive iodine ) then Thyroidectomy(2008) when Thyca was found and got my levels with a T4 med to a perfect level for myself, enabling me to have a normal life again. Then in January 2010, I felt strange and knew something was wrong..yet my FT3 and FT4 levels were perfect yet my TSH was over 7.
Our daughter took this VERY well and I think she is starting to buy into the possibility of her thyroid being a much more central cause of her troubles over the past 6 months. I'm sure later she will also begin to ask the burning question I now have: if this endo doc suspected this, WHY DIDN'T HE DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT?
"I cannot understand and I cannot get an explanation from all the doctors that I have gone to, as to how my T3 and 4 values can be normal and my TSH is out of whack." I can tell you. "Normal" for one person is not "normal" for another. For example, the FT4 range is usually something like 0.8-1.8. That does not mean we will all feel well ANYWHERE in that range. We all have our own personal range within the population range. So, I may be happy at 0.8-1.
I got scared because he told me between the high doses and my scan doses this is could be my last shot, you cant go over 450 of I-131 or the likely hood of developing leukemia outweighs the benefits. So if this dose doesn't work I may be looking at traditional chemo. I hate that you have to wait a year to see the results it eats at the back of my mind all day. I took your advice and emailed UtahMom and you are all right she is wonderfull and a fellow Utahn to boot.
I think I would appeal that one. Usually, the only time a med is not paid by insurance is when it becomes "over-the-counter". Like Zyrtec for allergies. I know someone who had a heart attack and was life flighted to the nearest hospital for by-pass. His insurance refused the $40K claim because it was not a network facility. The network hospital has no cardiac care. He won the appeal, but it was a fight to the finish.
Since the TSH takes longer to change than the FT's, retest in a month or so to see if the TSH corrects itself. Since the FT3 is disproportionately higher than the FT4, the patient is taking Armour or cytomel. The suppressed TSH could be caused by an accidental double dose of thyroid meds or a generic Rx that varied from the actual doseage. There, that's my diagnosis. $750.00 please. Pay at the counter. I do not bill insurance for you.
In the US, over the counter thyroid supplements are not allowed to have any measurable thyroid hormone; as near as we can figure, it's pretty much inert thyroid tissue.
At that dose of TH I had TT3 under the range, low platelets, low neutraphils, DOE and third stage kidney failure which persisted until I doubled my dose and added Cytomel. The flatulence started after taking the Naturethroid. I haven't tried over the counter remedies. I have tried walking and beets which helps somewhat. I will look into it. Thanks.
This one is supposed to be one of the best in Colorado and they do understand Armour Thyroid. So...I am feeling that there is hope and that I will be able to trust an endo doc again. I still feel some hypo symptoms, so I know I'm not on my optimum dose yet and thank goodness I have my hubbie to remind me about the patience I need. So far, the change to Armour has been potivie for me and it seems that my body has responded well to it.
I am pleased to be through the scare, but now need to find out about living without the gland. Over the last 3 weeks I have found myself to be very weepy and emotional. I am also very tired during the day, but struggle to get a good nights rest. I have also woken up with the feeling of panic attacks. My guess is that my dosage is off. Right after the surgery they put me on the same dosage of thyroid replacement medicine (150 mcg) I was on prior to the surgery.
You need to be monitored if you are using over-the-counter thyroid supplements -- some of these may be helpful, but there is not good research on most and they are not regulated. If this is a prescription product, you should not take it on your own without supervision of a doctor.
Thank you thyroid cancer. Also developed arthritis after RAI. Wahoo. No, the Armour hasn't helped the bone/joint pain. It's been overwhelming this past few weeks. Guess it's a good thing I have an appointment with the rheumy this week for more injections in my knuckles.
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