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armour-thyroid

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 requested to change to Armour thyroid after researching this subject. My Dr. started me on Armour thyroid 60 mg 1 1/2 tabs twice a day Nov 2008. This dose has stayed the same. My recent lab was T4 0.7 and TSH 0.24. What should my Armour thyroid dose be? Do I need a T3 level? Should I also be on Cytomel...dose to start? My doctor is very easy to work with but endocrinology is not his specialty (Family Practice).
Here are the identifying specs on the recall. Armour Thyroid (thyroid tablets, USP), 1/2 grain (30 mg) , each tablet contains 19 mcg levothyroxine (T4) and 4.5 mcg liothyronine (T3) Forest Pharmacuticals Manufacturer 100-count bottle NDC 0456-0458-01. Recall # D-231-2011 Lot #: 1077413, Exp. 9/30/2011 Reason: - 30 mgs pills were marked as a 1 grain (60mg) tablet which could overdose patients.
Levoxyl I talk Cytomel and Levoxyl and have the hardest time remembering to take the 3 5mcg tabs of cytomel a day at 7am, 12 and 4 p.m. Would Armour be easier and is it a readily available drug??? Also have gained over 12 pounds in the last two months very discouraged, dry skin with arm rashes, no stamina, been on thyroid medicine for 7 years and never have felt like they got it right. I asked for a FT3 and FT4 and they only ordered the FT4 so don't know if that will do any good.
I am on Armour Thyroid. Have been on it for five years. I have Hashimoto's. I'm on 4 grains (240 mg) which I understand is a high dosage yet I still feel tired and have no energy, dry skin, dry hair, cold, bowel problems, weight problems, short term memory problems, depression, etc. I used to be on Synthroid. Believe it or not, I felt even worse on Synthroid, I was so bad off, I couldn't function and pretty much stayed in bed all the time.
As a start, please post your thyroid test results and their reference ranges shown on the lab report. Also, have you been tested for Vitamin D, B12, and RBC magnesium?
The other thing that is interesting is prior to starting Armour, I had my Thyroid Peroixidase Antibodies tested nad Thyroglobulin Antibodies tested. I didn't have any at the time I started Armour. Now....I was on Armour for about a year and I began to have more problems in Nov of last year because my TSH got high. We ran antibodies and they came back totally abnormal.
I research it in the internet and was surprised that this may work for me and help me with Brain fog. I’m starting today, August 7, 2007 with ½ grain (30mg) of Thyroid Tabs USP (MFG Qualitest). I have a follow-up appointment with my Doctor next week about this and post here the outcome.
I went to the pharmacy to pick up my Armour and was quite surprised to hear that there is a national shortage and that natural desicrated thyriod may be pulled off the market. I was only able to get 4 tabs. The last they had and they aren't aware of any other pharmacies that have any left. Over the years I've tried various forms of thyroid replacement and have suffered too many problems to count. After some help from this site, I starting combining Levoxyl and a small amount of Armour.
says a specialist wouldn't even see a need for medication. Anyway, he did prescribe ARMOUR THRYO 60 mg. tabs for me. The first time I took this medicine, one pill, I got real swimmy-headed, took a severe headache that took me 3 days to get over. My Question: Should I take medicine under these circumstances?
9) Naomi is now taking THYROID (ARMOUR) 0.5GR (30MG) TABS I am taking THYROID (ARMOUR) 1.5GR (90MG) TABS We both seem to be dong better with Armour. Naomi's psychological symptoms have decreased, mood is better, and more energy. She was suicidal, injuring herself, and had panic attacks that would keep her in bed for days. I'm so angry that Doctors would rather pump people full of narcotics rather than do some research to help us! I almost lost my daughter because of her Thyroid issues.
I am pretty solid on a 120mg of Armour everday - I'm plugging along pretty good. I believe finally my thyroid (after 6 yrs) is behaving and I am stable - so the Armour can do it's job. I suspect I could use an increase since my TSH went from a very low 0.07 to now a 1.74 on my last labs. So I today will be calling my doctor to increase my meds. My Free T3 is a bit lower then I like it too.
I'm anxious to try it. What level of armour would I be on. I have 60 mg armour tabs now. I don't know what grain that would be.
Armour Thyroid contains both thyroid hormones, T3 and T4. T4 is the "storage" form of the thyroid hormones, and it is very slow acting. It takes weeks to build in your blood and raise your levels. T3 (the "active" form of the thyroid hormones), on the other hand, is very fast acting, and it can take some getting used to. All thyroid meds can cause reactions initially, especially if you are over 50, have been hypo for a while or have a heart arrhythmia.
There is only one form of T3/T4 combo thyroid med and that is Armour and the other desiccated thyroid hormone medication. If the makers of Synthroid made a synthetic "combo" of T3/T4 thyroid hormone medication for these particular conversion issues than that med would be just as close as the desiccated ones. There is no "combo" med made in synthetic form. Cytomel can be added to Synthroid to give the same results of desiccated T3/T4 combo meds do together.
The doctor also wants a brain scan (I think to track neurotransmitters), a thyroid ultrasound, and a pelvic ultrasound (to check her ovaries since abmormal periods are one of her symptoms). Doc prescribed Armour thyroid instead of standard T4 thyroid supplement. Also wants to have her take a saliva test to look at adrenal function, as well as a variety of blood tests.
I have been taking Armour thyroid 1 grain tabs for about a year now and doing very well with them. A week and a half ago I picked up my new bottle at the phamacy and they did not have any Amour thyroid available in one grain . They gave me a supply of 1/2 grain thyroid instead and told me to take two, which would equal the same dose as the 1 grain. I have been taking them and I am feeling better on the 2- 1/2 grain pills than the 1 grain pill.
The reason is that these meds are more consistent than either a generic form of levothyroxine or a desiccated thyroid med like Armour Thyroid. From what I’ve come across, including here on this forum, Armour Thyroid does seem like a harder med to regulate. And it’s the ‘natural’ aspect that seems to be the biggest issue. I understand this is mostly due to the natural inclusion of T3 hormone - present regardless of whether or not needed and/or occurring in uncontrollable amounts.
Since this not so common thyroid med (to the US) keeps us alive we should have periodic updates and any new info ect. I had my first supply from a Canadian 'middle man' supplier in Florida, second supply from Universal Drug online. Both batches seemed to be the same quality despite rumors I read on another forum about possible counter fitting of Erfa. Lets hope Erfa continues to be another option for dessicated thyroid med for a long time.
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The only medicines I take on a regular basis are Armour Thyroid 60 MG and Calcium citrate, 2 tabs a day. I welcome any help or advise.
After 3 weeks of feeling fatigueed and foggy on the increase of 30 -60 mg of dessicated thyroid I cut back to 30 mg. I couldn't function on the 60. It's been three weeks and I'm still experiencing severe sweats, and depression. I'm thinking just as I was increased too quickly, maybe I reduced too quickly. I read where people are usually increased by 15 mg for two to three weeks. I'm wondering with this depression if I should try increasing 15 mg. What are your thoughts on this?
I think I found it...It says Thyroid Tabs (Armour) would that be it?? There are tons of dosages.
I now have difficulty dealing with the lack of calcium and regulating my lack of thyroid. I take Armour 4 60 mg tabs per day. 3 600mg calcium tabs per day spread out with vit. D, 1 centrum silver tab per day, 1 fish oil tab per day, 2 150 mg of bupropeon, 1Vit D every other day Mon, Wed and Fri. and 4 non stimulant stool softners per day. My question is how and what time of day caI take all of these pills so they are most effective.
And being so hopeful when starting out working my way up the doses over the years and never feeling any different always the same When my dog got ahold of a brand new bottle of meds(Armor thyroid) tabs and consumed them all So scared he would have a heart attack or something thinking this will kill him rushed him to the vet and they checked him out but he never showed any signs of anything and is perfectly fine to this day. It really has me wondering if this stuff isn't a placebo or something.
Hi, I am 59 yr old woman, post meno ,these are my labs from last Saturday, fasting at 8 AM. Armour Thyroid meds day before were 1 and 1/2 gr tab sub lingual in the morning, same after lunch. Previously had a ferritin of 25, got that up by taking OTC CVS brand iron tabs 2 x daily since last fall. Cut back to one a day and the result is below.
I was recently switched to Armour as I have had constant fatigue and body aches for those 27 years. The equivalent of 137mg is 120mg of Armour and because my body has been used to the 137mg for so long I was put directly on 120mg of Armour there was no taking it slow as I have been reading. Is this normal practice when you have been on a thyroid med for so long and then switch?
In December 2010 I began using Thyroid Plus -a thyroid support supplement with a bit of bovine thyroid in it. After about a week of taking it, I began to feel the hypo symptoms melting away. -I had more energy, I was sleeping better, and my joints and muscles no longer hurt. Also, the palpitations disappeared. That lasted about 6 weeks, and then the hypo symptoms came back and my thyroid started to enlarge. The I was started on the levothyroxine.
Just wanting to know what my Free T3 & Free T4 levels should be. I had my thyroid out 3 years ago & was on Throxine tabs. Have been on Armour capsules for the past 3 weeks & am wanting to have another blood test to determine if I am taking the right amout of caps. Am currently on 120mg daily. I have never been told what my levels were & just wondering what they should be.
High TSH indicates hypothyroidism and would warrant a thyroid replacement med, such as Synthroid or generic levo, Armour, etc... PTU is an anti-thyroid drug that slows down thyroid hormone production. That would indicate that your TSH might have been low and actual thyroid hormones were high. It would seem that you had hyper phases of Hashimoto's and are now hypo? Please post whatever thyroid labs you have so we can figure out what's going on... High TSH is hypo; low TSH is hyper.
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