Armour thyroid vs levoxyl

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There is some talk of people finding bottles with softer pills etc A newer generic version called NP Thyroid is apparently the same formula as the old Armour? Is Armour now FDA approved? I read they use organic pigs etc in their formulation however no one really knows how NP goes about their business. I've also seen many posts where people are very happy with NP Thyroid? It also seems to have the least amount of fillers compared to Naturethyroid and Armour...
Hi, I want to switch from my 100mcg daily dose of Levoxyl to Armour Thyroid- what would be the equivalent dose? Thanks!
I do wonder if your endo will allow you to try a low-dose Cytomel (T3) since they don't advocate Armour or some other dessicated thyroid med. Some people do not do well on T4 only meds. I just think auto-immune thyroid issues are more difficult to treat since the hormone levels swing from day to day, week to week etc. I know you've read lots of books too. The most recent one I purchased ws "Thyroid Power", this one has impressed me a lot.
I am leaning to the armour.1 pill vs 2.Itis closest to our own thyroid hormones. I had bad experience with synthroid but that was mostly because they gave me too much.Cytomel has been ok except for the excessive bm's(previous IBS was totally thyroid induced) But all the websites I have been to about armour sound almost too good to be true.So I know yall will give me the skinny.
with Armour - vs - Naturethroid would be more like Armour Naturethroid 60mgs 81.25mgs I based this more on a symptom free equasion more so than the actual grain quantity of T3 - T4 ratios. Now I am not sure if me - goofing around with my "thought" of not wanting to let go of Armour caused me to have a few weeks of illness return - or if I needed to adjust to NT.
I am so confused about Amour vs. 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.
Armour is all natural, and derived from animals, so it will difffer slightly from bottle to bottle..it is my understanding that is short lasting meaning you have to take it a few times a day, and works directly with the T3 Synthryoid is directly for the T4 readings. These reads take over 6 weeks to change in the blood, therefore it is a long working. Levothyroxin is the generic form of Synthyroid. Cytomel is the synthetic /generic form of Armour and....
I have never taken Armour but from what I understand, as a natural product obtained from porcine (pig) thyroid glands, Armour Thyroid may have a strong, characteristic odor. The most biologically effective and direct way to take Natural Thyroid is sublingually or orally. i.e. you place the tablet between your gums and inner check, or under your tongue where it dissolves the fastest. Forest Labs did not make Armour to be sublingual, but it works that way.
I have found a pharamcy that can make me thyroid replacment w/o Lactose in it! All I have to do is get this to my Doctor and have her call them! I'm so glad!
As far as consistency, all the thyroid medications have had some issues. I am on Armour and I have been on the same dose for almost 5 years, so for me it is very consistent. Each of us do better on one medication over the other. There's no one medication for all.
1) will accelerate heart rate and cause defibrillation. It's not the Armour per se--it's the T3. Armour Thyroid will initially make people lacking T3 feel better, but over time, the level of tissue T3 builds up and then you feel bad again. Supposedly because the proportions in Armour are 80% T4 and 20% T3...that does not match the body's natural state, which is 98% T4 and 2 % T3. T3 is much more potent than T4, so if T3 levels get too high you feel bad again.
Sorry guys.........brain fogs' bad today - derr - I had my TT in '07 not '06 as stated above. Me thinks I need a strong coffee.
I have seen many on the patient to patient thyroid community see dramatic differences from generic vs. brand-name. They may never know why. I believe to be consistent when you take your meds, how long you wait to eat afterwards, when you have your bloodraws taken and that the same mfg. makes the meds. Just my 2 cents as a patient on 75mcgs name brand Synthroid. Synthroid may give coupons/discounts on their website if that is helpful.
Armour and other dessicated thyroid medicines are especially beneficial to those of us who do not convert T4 into T3. The whole goal of thyroid meds is to make that conversion. I was a poor converter so switched from Levothyroxine to NP Thyroid originally and am now on Armour instead. If you're a poor converter it might make a big difference. I switched in Nov 2012 and at this point have lost 18lbs by changing nothing in my life exercise or food wise.
No! You can reach the Doctor Thyroid Forum and 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. If you have posted more than one post per the sites rules for doctors forums, you probably won't get answered. Or if the forum is full and not taking any more questions for the day, you can try another day.
dried Thyroid.. from what - animals - It is like an Armour product - just without the "A" on the pill. If we picked at every article out there on what's bad to eat - what's good - what is full of bacteria and hormones and additives and everything else we would starve to death. BUT are we trying to remain informed on this ...........YES. It's all about choices as you well know. No body said YOU said anything about dying on the med - It was a metafor. I totally see your point.
the ultimate criterion for dose adjustment must always be the clinical response of the patient. I have prescribed natural dessicated thyroid for your patient (Armour, Nature-Throid) because it contains both T4 and T3 (40mcg and 9mcg respectively per 60mg). This assures sufficient T3 levels and thyroid effects in the body.
I don't know about the rash problem, but it may come from fillers used to make the pills. What I know about generic thyroid meds is this; Synthroid, Levoththroid, Levoxyl, and all name brand forms of Levothyroxine are held to stricter manufacturing guidelines. If the label says 100mcg, the allowance of error is ten percent plus or minus, including the strength at the expiration date. With generics, the allowance for error is plus or minus 25%.
I'm looking for a comparison in synthetic drug combos vs. natural thyroid replacement here. I swear I've tried more thyroid meds than a drug addict at this point (and could probably start my own pharmacy... Shhhh! Don't tell the FDA...:-O), but I've not yet tried Armour. Not sure what could possibly be the difference between the natural and the synthetic versions. Anyone have any experience they'd care to relay?
I had my thyroid removed on May 11th due to cancer .I was initially put on 05/28 Levoxyl 150mcg and I did ok on it but was still very tired .My endo checked my TSH on 07/08 and told me it was 4.5 but suggested that I need to lower ,..yes lower ,..the dosage to 137.I argued with him to the fact that if he lowered my dose I would feel worse (BTW,..he NEVER CHECKED FREE T4 OR FREE T3)------he actually thought I was crazy for asking about it ! anyways,....
There is nothing more stable taking synthetic thyroid hormone - vs - natural desiccated thyroid hormone. They are both very stable forms of replacement. It's a choice of meds and what works best for you. The only significate difference is Armour/Naturthroid/Westroid are combo forms of T3/T4 thyroid hormone and Synthroid/Levo are T4 ONLY meds.
Free t3 can be very unreliable. i just switched from levoxyl to armour and am going through the whole 3month peroid of testing a dose and doing bloodwork and adjusting....I hate it but I am feelins so much better on armour than the synthetic and am not having the terrible side effects i did with synthetic. That is my body and I finally found a dr that is willing to listen and be specific to my needs.
Is all the growth hormones and antibiotics and what have you that are fed to pigs. How does that effect the thyroid in Armour? Just a thought. So Jen399, if I were you I would follow the path of least resistance until you have to do battle. Many do very well on T4 alone. You very may well be one of them. Natural is always better if you can do it, but I don't think there is anything natural about humans taking pig hormones. Insurance will cover Armour. It's very cheap.
I have used thyroid medication for six years, first Thyroxine, then Armour, then Thyroid (Erfa). My TSH decreased to below 0 as early as I was on thyroxine. It was not earlier than after three years' medication that my cognition improved ( I was then on Thyroid). At the same time I had many infections. I increased my dose as high as slightly above 3G, but dropped it back to 3. At the dose of 3G I got atrial fibrillation. Since then I have used 2.
I have no personal experience other than what I've read is the same as what you've read and oftentimes the endo's want the name brand so they know exactly what is going to be in it ea. month vs. new batch lots, etc. in regards to inert ingredients! I have been on Miralax laxative for 2 yrs now and the last generic batch is a diff. mfg. and tastes just awful .. to the degree I called the pharmacist who called the mfg. and found out many have complained. I think that is an example ...
Or possibly even natural dissected thyroid like Nature Thyroid (NT) or Armour. I know many people are not aggressive by nature. But you may have to get aggressive if you ever want to feel well. Like I said it is unfortunate but seems to be what is needed when dealing with Thyroid issues.
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