Benefits of armour thyroid vs synthroid

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she said my levels were like i still had my thyroid...so she increased my synthroid from 100 mcg to 125mcg. I showed her a pitcure of the rashes and my hair loss. and she said she didnt know why i was lossing my hair she referred my to a demrotogist...um no i told my docotor im not going to see her because there is nothing wrong its the meds!!! She ran a bunch of tests and in the between time i started taking a boat loads of vitamins....then the results are back everything came back great!
I have been on Synthroid since that time and have been followed by an Endo. She told me to not take any generic form of Synthroid as it is not the same effect. She said she had had some patients who had a bad reaction to generic form of synthroid. My pharmacy filled my Synthroid Rx with Levothyroxin but I had them change it back. I know the generic is cheaper but afraid to change. I take 75 mcg per day. What is your opinion?
Just the other day I called my pharmacy line to ask about benefits of generic vs. namebrand Synhroid and they told me they DO NOT CARRY the generic~~~~~I guess not much calling for it .. this is the 90day mail order division of Caremark who is a huge insurance carrier for pharmacy benefits! They told me to have the Endo script "generic" ok but since they don't carry the generic they will FILL THE NAMEBRAND @ GENERIC PRICING .. so that would be $10 vs. $25 ..
I was on 75mcg of synthroid and was put on 60mgs of armour to start.....I am now on 75mgs of armour. I had gone a little hypo though. What were your latest test numbers? Did your dr run your Free T3 as well? Do you have hashi's?
Armour needs to be taken in divided dosages because T3 is very short lived. If you only take it once a day, you will not reap the benefits of an even level of T3 throughout your day. I ususally take mine when I get up in the morning and again between noon and 3:00 at the very latest if I have plans for the evening. You can go to the health pages at the top right corner of this page and go the the armour information pages for more info on Armour. Welcome to the land of Armour!
Because they think its an old outdated medication and also because the drug reps push their thyroid medications. The makers of Armour do not promote it. It works for a lot of people. I switched to it over 5 years ago and I feel so much better.
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.
First off, 1 grain of Armour is roughly equivalent to 100 mcg of Synthroid OR (not and) 25 mcg of Cytomel. 1 grain of Armour contains 9 mcg of T3 and 38 mcg of T4. T3 is much more potent than T4, 4 to 5 times more potent. So, 1 grain of Armour contains 38 mcg of T4 plus 36 (9X4) to 45 (9X5) as the equivalent of the T3 in it. So, total 74-86.
and lower carbs..they end up eating fewer calories.....easy as calories in........vs out..end of story..as with the HCG nonsense..lol 500 calorie of course you lose weight.. and atkins diet is as dead as him and has been for a few yrs..no one does low/no carb anymore..its smart.controlled carb as they call it...his wife sold the company before he was even stiff in the ground ,because of all the law suits that might follow the federal court truth..his diet wa a con job..as is HCG end of story.
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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.
With just a little research (search google for 'armour vs. synthorid' or 'benefits of synthroid' which just turned up results of the disadvantages) you'll learn a lot more about Armour. Re: your labs, I know very little but do know that the Free T3 should be at the top of the range, and the reverse T3 looks too high which is an indicator of Hashimotos. Sometimes, a doctor/RN is open minded to trying different thyroid meds.
I have been diagnosed with hypothyroid within the last year, my grandma on my fathers side had it as well. I take 50mcg Synthroid. I was having the symptoms for about a year before anyone figured out why I was gaining so much weight quickly and felt so bad all the time.. I have gained a total of 80lbs and still going steady unfortunately...and I don't eat bad at all. I'm now up to 205lbs vs the 125lbs I was in April of 2007.
Beware of placebo ladies and gents, I would ask an honest pharmacist about the drug before switching :)
Part 2 of Letter: Why do you prescribe one drug for all patients? According to Dr. Stephen E. Langer's book Solved, The Riddle of Illness, "It is possible, because of the liver's role in the T-4 and T-3 conversion, to have an over-or under-conversion as a result of liver function." For some patients, Armour Thyroid, because it contains both T-3 and T-4, may provide the extra energy they need to stay employed, continue relationships, or feel good.
FYI: Synthroid was turned DOWN over & over again for approved use by the FDA until 2002 because of problems. Look it up on Google. Also google side effects of Synthroid. The other thing to look up is the benefits of getting a med with both T3 & T4 in it. Both of the two you names are T4 only. The assumption is that your body will convert the T4 to T3 - but wouldn't your body do that on its own if it could!!? Then look up Armour & Thyrolar.
I am David aged 55 and employed as a postman/driver/sorter, well up until 38 months ago I had never been into hospital,well boy was that about to change.
My thyroid went haywire about 4 years ago and I gained about 50 lbs. Once I got the thyroid problem under control with pretty high doses of Synthroid, the weight started to come off. However, the skin was indeed sagging and stretch marks appeared ... Exercise helped a little with the sagging. Nevertheless, in a panic, I started reading the rejuvenation litterature ... As a result, I began a regimen of Vit. B12 injections and testosterone. I also take Collagen tablets, Vit.
What I learned today...there is another post of mine about Thyroid/Adrenals and Hashimoto's on the Hashimoto's list..go and listen to that podcast...that information will change your life. I'm here for support. Let me know your thoughts. I know it is not easy to make changes. That is why we need these boards..to have the support we need to make it one day at a time to changing our lives. Eat well, live well, be well.
"Hair needs T4, because it lengthens the hair growth phase. [26] My Free T3 has been below range, mid-range, and over-range, but my hair was still not right at any of those levels. Only since adding T4 to get my Free T4 above mid-range (and lowering my desiccated dose) has both my hair texture and volume improved. It should be noted that hair loss is a symptom of both too much and too little thyroid." - Tired Thyroid - Reverse T3: Side Effects of T3-only (or why you need T4 too).
The thyroid gland produces both T4 and T3, so it makes sense to supply both hormones in adequate amounts to produce all the benefits of thyroid sufficiency. Providing a substantial amount of T3 assures that the patient will get some benefit, even from low doses. Armour® thyroid is dessicated porcine thyroid gland and it contains the prohormone, T4, and the active hormone, T3. Fortunately, the pig's thyroid hormones are identical to ours.
And some respond best to Armour Thyroid, which has both T4 and T3 (from ground up pig thyroids). The use of T3 is controversial because most studies show little benefit. The studies, however, are inconclusive. I find T3 has a useful role in some patients. A small number of people have trouble converting T4 to T3. A low free T3 blood value in someone with suspicious symptoms may respond to treatment. Know and understand the meaning of your TSH level. Is it between 5.0 and 3.0?
I actually changed from 100 of Synthroid to 100 of Tirosint along with no change in my cytomel. I could have been under or overdosed, but felt horrible and had a not so great endo, so I knew they might give me trouble. I may have given up too soon..but it was not fun at all. I also gained 5 lbs in 10 days on it....once I switched back to Synthroid, I have lost the weight and my muscles are fine now. I am not sure what happened, but I decided to switch back. Good luck with whatever you decide!
XR is intended to be released into the system over a 24 hr period, so it only has to be taken once daily vs multiple doses of regular Armour and for some reason, it doesn't seem to be absorbed as well for most people. I'd have to look back in old threads, which could take weeks to find the right ones. I'll see if I can do some research on that, though. I'm not saying it's "bad"... I'm simply saying that from what we see, it doesn't seem to work well for most people.
I'm being told my Hashimotos will remain since small amounts of thyroid tissue was left to preserve the parathyroids. I can say, even five days post-op I feel better than I have in years! I was put on 175 dose of Lev and it seems to be ok for now. My questions: I am getting bruising that I can see is from the surgery, but why does it show up 4-5 days after? How do you get the swelling in your neck to go down?
I have had the best luck with natural approaches, but even they represent challenges. Most recently, the reformulation of Armour thyroid and its lack of availability have been difficult. I do believe that gluten intolerance is high among hashi patients and some foods that we think are good for us, like raw spinach and broccoli can actually inhibit thyroid function in large quantities. Diets that reduce inflammation are a good idea in general. Read the Perricone Prescription for more info.
I think they monitor it treat it in it's first stage w/ thyroid replacing hormones like Synthroid or Armour Thyroid. As far as something natural, there is a poster who goes by "Fancypantsandme". She is on a raw food diet and has brought her levels down. She has hashimoto. You might want to rip her a question. She also has some information she is compiling and will send out when she gets it ready. She post alot on the autoimmune forum.
Decreased levels of cortisol are found in Addison's disease, conditions of low thyroid, and hypopituitarism, in which pituitary activity is diminished. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_g2601/is_0003/ai_2601000373 CFIDS stands for Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome.The nonspecific nature of the name CFIDS is appropriate because while there are many symptoms, disabling fatigue and exhaustion are the most prominent and consistent.
problems with my B/P being high while my thyroid tries to readjust to using the T3/T4 (armour thyroid) medicine. anyway. so far now it is 10 days on Victoza & no complaints, except it cost way to much money. with insurance it's over $369.00 & the needles for the pen are about $40.00 for 100. Without insurance it is about $100.00 more, either way, IT COSTS TO MUCH! so insurance ***** and so does the drug companies prices.
B12 Shots are only for people who cannot make vitamin B12 naturally in their bodies, they are not for losing weight or as some suspect for giving a boost of energy - overdosing on any vitamin is not good for the body and with Vit B12 there is a minute amount of Cyanide in the injection, so I can't say it would be a good idea to use this - It is a live saver for those of us who really need it - but when your body is happy retaining and using the vitamins that are needed for good health why compli
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