Armour thyroid vs levoxyl

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Avatar m tn Also, please post your latest thyroid related test results and reference ranges shown on the lab report. Regarding the Armour vs. NP Thyroid, they both have 39 mcg of T4 and 9 mcg of T3. So that would not account for the effect you noticed. I have heard that Armour is supposedly absorbed better than the NP. If so the switch would mean another slight reduction in dosage effect.
Avatar f tn Hi, I want to switch from my 100mcg daily dose of Levoxyl to Armour Thyroid- what would be the equivalent dose? Thanks!
178107 tn?1315951230 Greetings from Hong Kong I have been using Armour thyroid for the past 7 months. Use 125mg Armour once per day and also take 0.5mg of Thyroxin per day. I am a South African living in Hong Kong. In South Africa I used to use Eltroxin 0.1 mg 3 times a day. Here in Hong Kong I seem to shift between Hypothyroid and Hyperthyroid. I struggle to maintain weight. I weigh 44 Kilograms and find that I have tremors. I do feel better since using Armour thyroid.
1139187 tn?1355710247 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.
Avatar n tn 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.
581310 tn?1253033150 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.
Avatar f tn 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.
Avatar m tn Sorry, had to make two posts, first was too long, I guess to be accepted by MH. Further, have a look at this statement from the site of the manufacturer of Armour Thyroid, Forest Laboratories, Inc. " Armour Thyroid is a natural, porcine-derived thyroid hormone replacement containing both T4and T3. Note that the amount of thyroid hormone in the thyroid gland may vary from animal to animal.
Avatar n tn Armour is all natural, and derived from animals, so it will difffer slightly from bottle to 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....
Avatar f tn Tirosent is very expensive and my insurance doesn't want to pay so I asked my doc about Armour and he has FINALLY agreed to let me try it. He has prescribed 60 of Armour. I feel perfectly fine on the Tirosent/Cytomel. Last labs show everything normal except Free T3 which is always on the very low side of normal. Question....Is switching to Armour going to send my body into a mess of a mess?
Avatar n tn 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.
937837 tn?1285353985 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!
Avatar n tn 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.
Avatar n tn 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.
Avatar f tn 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.
Avatar f tn 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.
Avatar n tn 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.
Avatar f tn No! You can reach the Doctor Thyroid Forum and Dr. Lupo at 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.
214901 tn?1227571155 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.
Avatar m tn 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.
Avatar n tn 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%.
280485 tn?1249017444 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?
971640 tn?1247794439 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,....
393685 tn?1425816122 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.
Avatar f tn 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.
Avatar f tn 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.