Armour thyroid

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Hi guys

Just wondering if anyone has any experience with armour thyroid, my mom has been a long term sufferer with underactive thyroid and the levo does not agree with her, her gp recomends taking 125 per day, but she says that makes her ill and has known people with good sucess taking armour. Any thoughts would be appreiated. Thinking about online since her doctor will not prescribe her this

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    Maybe your mom is on too high a dose. If levothyroxine is replacing the thyroxine that her body needs there should be no side effects. The best dose is the one that makes your mom feel well

    Try a lower dose and see an endocrinologist.

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    I had a period on Armour but it was difficult to come by. It is possible to get over the internet but I would be a bit warry. I actually didn't get on with Lev by itself but am fine on 100 Lev and 10mcgms of T3 as well. GPs don't prescribe T3 but is what T4 is converted into in all organs of the body but some people are not good at converting it. My endocrinologist thinks that in the future everyone will have a combination of T4 and T3 prescribed. I suggest you try and get a referral to a specialist. Maggie
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    Hello Croix,

    I've currently been taking Armor thryoid for a few months now, and I have to say I feel way better on Armor thyroid meds then on just generic Levothyroxine my Endo doctor placed me on. I just felt completely horrible being on generic Levothyroxine and was having on and off chest pain that just seem to never get better. At the time I told my doctor about the unbearable chest pains, and other problems I started to notice once I started taking it, and him and his nurse just ignored me. Once the chest pain got so bad, I decided to cut my dose in half. Instantly in doing so, the chest pains went away.

    I agree with Gillian, they could of just put you mom on too high of a dose, like my doctor did. So that could be the problem. Also when starting a new dose you may feel some chest discomfort cause it can effect your cardio system till you body gets used to the dose. Normally around a week or so. But the discomfort should never be to the point it's unbearable like I was feeling. The discomfort was so bad, I felt this pain going up from my chest to my neck and I felt I wasn't getting oxygen to my brain. And after researching, high dosage of Levothryroxine can cause your neck veins to dilate.

    I myself got tired of my Endo doctor, and went for a more natural route and tried the Armor thryoid out. And so far I must say, I feel so much better. Not really having any problems other then dry/thin hair but that seems to be a problem with any thyroid med you take. Other then that I've haven't gained much weight and just feel better overall.

    It's something you have to research, and try out if you feel reducing the current Levothyroxine doesn't work for your mom. Both synthetic Levothryroxine and natural dessicated thyroid meds have their pros and cons. Some work better for some then others. Depends on the person.

    Natural Dessicated meds do include more things your thyroid would naturally produce in order for it to work properly like T3, and etc. Instead of just T4 by itself like synthetic Levothyroxine. Some people's body have trouble converting T4 by itself.

    Also make sure to check other things in her blood work to make sure something else isn't causing her to feel bad like low Vitamin D, iron, etc. That was also another problem I came across.

     

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    Hello Croixdawg:

    My nam eis Shelly and I am a nurse in the USA.  I once was on Armour thyroid but my local pharamcy could not obtain it anymore due to low useage.

    I am not able to convert T4 into T3 so LEVO will not work on me.  I went through years of this until my doctor found what does work on me.

    Armour Thyroid is a good medication and does work well.  So maybe she should try it.  It did work on me and if my local pharmacy had it I would still be on it.

    I hope this helps.   Shelly

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    I have to put my little two cents worth in here. Levo nearly killed me! I begged and begged to be put on Armour and when I took my first pill (60mg to begin with) it took half an hour to wipe out 95% of the problems I had had with Levo for 2 1/2 years. I take 90 mgs (1.5 grains) , that's about equivalent to ~125mcg's Levo. It can be a bit difficult to get sometimes, but find it! Then stick to that source , It's great.

    I have to make a 400 mile round trip to collect mine, but you can get it mailed to you after your initial purchase.

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    Thanksyou for all your replies, the problem she has is she loves in the uk, and she is not internet savvy, i would have to do it for her. I would also be catious what site to use and if i'm getting the real deal. Any advice please?
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