I recently switched from Levothyroxin to Armour. I have a friend who also takes it and she was advised to take the medication four hours before eating or taking other medications. I did not receive this same information. Are there specifics about taking Armour?
9 Sep 2010
Take this medication by mouth, usually once daily before breakfast or as directed by your doctor.
Dosage is based on your medical condition, thyroid hormone levels, and response to therapy. There are different brands of thyroid hormone available. They are not interchangeable because the amounts of the 2 thyroid hormones may be different in each product. Do not change brands without first consulting your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication 4 hours before or after taking any products containing aluminum or iron, such as antacids, sucralfate, and vitamins/minerals. Take this medication 4-5 hours after taking any bile acid-binding resins such as cholestyramine and colestipol. These products react with thyroid, preventing its full absorption.
Certain foods and supplements (e.g., children's soy formula) may affect how much thyroid hormone is absorbed. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day. Do not stop taking this medication without talking with your doctor. Thyroid replacement therapy is usually taken for life.
Symptoms of low thyroid levels include tiredness, muscle aches, constipation, dry skin, weight gain, slow heart rate and sensitivity to cold. Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens after 2 to 3 days of treatment.
Thyroid hormone should not be used either alone or in combination with diet pills to treat obesity/cause weight loss in patients with normal thyroid production. If used in combination with diet pills (appetite-suppressant drugs), serious, even life-threatening effects could occur.
I hope I have helped you.
- Armour Thyroid Information for Consumers
- Armour Thyroid Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Armour Thyroid (detailed)
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