Can you cut armour thyroid in half

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Cut those Armour thyroid pills in half! Absolutely! As my good doctor says, "The most common starting dose for patients with hypothyroidism is Armour thyroid, 90 mg which is cut in half with a razor blade and half is ideally taken twice a day, 10 to 20 minutes after breakfast and dinner. If you have trouble remember taking them, then take the entire dose before breakfast. It is also ideal to chew the tablet before swallowing.
Logically, yes, but it is still the same dosage you are on now.
I felt good on 120mg? but did feel a little hyper. Can you cut the pills in 1/2? I still have some 120's left and if I cut them in 1/2 then logically they would be at 60 right?
I am going through a similar thing. I went on Armour Thyroid in September 2007. I immediately started getting headaches. I called the endicronologist and he told me to cut the dose in half. That took care of the headaches, but I then broke out in a rash on my arms and had severe joint pain in my ankles, knees, and hips. I just received a call from my Dermatologist that the biopsy he took on one of the spots on my arm shows an allergic reaction to something.
You are suppose to add in the Armour very slowly once you go off a synthetic t4 med. Synthroid stays in your system about 6 weeks decreasing its effects in you by 1/2 each week. So you must convert over slowly or hyperthtyroid symptoms can develop. This is probably why your t3 is so high. If you switched over all at once, then you have too much available thyroid in your system right now and will probably feel badly for several more weeks until the Synthroid is completly out of your system.
My doctor says I am getting too much thyroid replacement and wants to cut it in half, but I think she is wrong. any suggestions?
Note that the amount of thyroid hormone in the thyroid gland may vary from animal to animal. To ensure that Armour Thyroid tablets are the same from tablet to tablet and lot to lot, the amount of T4 and T3 is measured in both the raw material and in the actual tablets" Sure you can still doubt the information, because your Endo told you something different. But just keep in mind all the possible reasons for a biased opinion.
Well...the fact that you are on Armour (or another brand of desicated thyroid) changes things. It sounds like you are over-medicated. The question is, how high is your Free T3? Testing and regulation of medication is different for desiccated thyroid hormone than it is for synthetic hormone replacement. Your TSH and Free T4 will be lower and your Free T3 will be higher. You really need to have your Free T3 checked each time your other tests are run if you are on desiccated thyroid.
I would also try and keep your HRT consistent over the next several weeks so you can see the full effect of the thyroid meds. Remember, it's best to change only one variable at a time so you can discern the effects of each individual med, HRT included. Judging by the numbers and the huge leap you are over-supplementing testosterone though, so I would think you'd want to cut back on that by a lot.
run! You want a doctor who will order FT3, FT4 and TSH EVERY time you have labs drawn. You can ask if they treat clinically to relieve symptoms or "by the numbers". Though the answer to that seems a no-brainer, you'd be surprised how candid the resonses can be. Also, you can ask which meds they're open to prescribing. Some doctors only prescribe synthetic T4 (once again...time to run), some synthetic T3 and T4 combos, some desiccated.
In my experience, sometimes the first few days on a new dose can be a little strange, so it may be your body adjusting. Let us know how you feel in 2 or 3 days. If you are still having problems then, you may want to cut back by 1/8 grain and see how your body reacts to that.
The most common starting dose for patients with hypothyroidism is Armour thyroid, 90 mg which is cut in half with a razor blade and half is ideally taken twice a day, 10 to 20 minutes before breakfast and dinner. If you have trouble remember taking them, then take the entire dose before breakfast. It is also ideal to chew the tablet before swallowing. Taking it after meals also helps to reduce volatility of the blood-level of T3.
I don't know if that could be seasonally affected, but I do know that if your hypothyroidism was caused by Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, it could be that your thyroid gland was continuing to deteriorate, resulting in less production of natural thyroid hormone. In Sept. on 90 mg of Armour, your labs show FT3 above middle of the range, but your FT4 at very bottom of range.
So, your doctor is suggesting 60 mg Armour plus 15 mcg Cytomel, and you will be getting about half as much T4 as you are taking now and 24 mcg of T3 (you are taking 10 now, so that's a big increase). With the drop in T4 meds, your FT4, which is already low in the range is likely to go even lower. The big increase in Cytomel might raise your FT4 since less will have to be converted to T3 because of the high dose of T3 you will be taking.
I thought it would be around 75 mg. I am afraid to take it. I am thinking maybe I should try to cut the pill in half and take half that much and call my doctor on Monday. Not sure if he has ordered this med before. There are no instructions as how to transition just a bottle of 120 mg. pills.
And, the side effects from Synthroid, My God, were horrible for me getting to that 2 week feeling almost normal point. My Family Doctor now wants me to try Armour, 1/4 gram, and cut it in half till I see how I react. My Endocrinologist looked like she would explode when I asked about Armour when all this started 6 months ago, so I will find another Endo. Any advice out there? I would like to try Armour, but if I'm sensitive to Synthroid, will I be the same on Armour?
And, the side effects from Synthroid, My God, were horrible for me getting to that 2 week feeling almost normal point. My Family Doctor now wants me to try Armour, 1/4 gram, and cut it in half till I see how I react. My Endocrinologist looked like she would explode when I asked about Armour when all this started 6 months ago, so I will find another Endo. Any advice out there? I would like to try Armour, but if I'm sensitive to Synthroid, will I be the same on Armour?
I know you are desperate for sleep, and sometimes sleep may be more important than taking thyroid meds. You're talking 5, 6, maybe 7 days before you can consult your doctor. That's a ways off. Maybe cutting the dose in half for a day or two would be a safe way to experiment? If you could limp along on half a dose for a few days and get good sleep, it may be worth the trade off. I don't understand Armour well enough to suggest you just stop taking it.
Only you can weigh the pros & cons on having it removed. Some people claim they have never felt better once the dosage was correct, others say they still feel horrible. For me personally, I did not have any issues after the TT (16yrs ago).
I came back because I had RAI 11 days ago and I feel so hyper it's unreal - I thought this stuff was supposed to make you hypo. I have lost over half a stone in weight in the past week, can't sleep, had a panic attack, got the frequent bowel movements again, can't stand the heat and I'm itching all over. I left a mesage with the receptionist at my doctor's surgery this morning but the doc didn't get back to me - surgery now closed.
I also have been have heart palpations alot after taking the med about 20 min to a half hour later daily. So, I cut the pill in half and no more palpations. \ My doctor is a bioidentical hormone doctor and she suggested I go off for 2 months and see where my levels will be at. Then she will decide what med I should take. Maybe bioidentical thyroid med. I do not want to take Synthroid. I hate the weight gain the most.
I have read online that some suggest chewing the armour for better absorption. They also suggest to cut the dose in half and take half in the am and half in the pm 20 minutes after meals...The same article said if you take it one time daily to take it before meals....Why the difference?
I just quit taking armour thyroid yesterday and last night I just felt so hot and this morning I have a migraine! Should I cut my pill in half? Tests showed my levels were too high so dr. said I should stop taking them so I did and maybe I need to wean myself off. Help!
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Are you still stopped taking the medication? As noted you can cut the pill in half or since T4 med is so slow acting you can take it every other day. But I think splitting it and taking half each day would be preferred. Maybe after a couple weeks like that you can take the full dose daily. Just a suggestion. As you may know depression is a symptom of low Thyroid. Many people are able to eliminate depression medication once their thyroid levels are optimized for them.
mzhoneythang- Yes you should be taking half in morning and half early afternoon. The active hormone of t3 in armour is short lived and you are missing the benefits while you sleep. :) Yes it is important to see the results of your free t3 and free t4 with the tsh....when on armour the tsh really shouldn't be looked at. Sounds like you are still having hypo symptoms. Maybe the fog will lift once you start taking your meds in the morning and daytime. Just get a pill splitter and divide it up.
Keep in mind that if you have to get cancer, thyroid cancer is one of the best to get...very curable. However, as you said, terrifying. The complaint we hear most often on the forum is from people whose doctors have left them undermedicated, the second biggest complaint is from people whose doctors refuse to test FT3 and/or prescribe Cytomel and/or dessicated. How does your doctor explain that your FT4 is above range, your TSH is very low, but you still feel hypo?
But - I will say Armour Thyroid reps seem to be out there alot less in the community as others are. Forest pharmacuticals stay strong and solid within their company to continue processing their medication with the same regulations as any other pharmacutical company has to follow and have been doing it for over 50 yrs.
If you see any that look interesting, then you can check them out by calling the office and saying that you are looking for a good thyroid doctor, but want to ask a few questions before making an appointment. The questions to ask are: 1. Is the doctor willing to treat a patient clinically, by testing and adjusting free T3 and free T4 with meds as necessary to relieve symptoms, without being constrained by resultant TSH levels? 2.
in fear, I started to cut my Armour in half. So test results above are on half the Armour RX. Ohio Dr also pres. Vit D and B 12, DHEA and iron (which is in my multi). Along with omega 3, mag. however, NEW Dr is not in favor of supplements, so he probably won't test for them. My question: should I find an endrocrinologist on my own? Or wait till May appt, see what those test results are then ask him to recommend?
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