I was given a RX of Armour Thyroid and I filled the RX also. After looking at the side affects on Drugs.com & the Pharmacy; I found it had the same side affects as different Thyroid medication that I was taking and after looking in to Armour Thyroid I found that it is NOT FDA approved after calling them yesterday!
Been looking this up. Here is a warning.
Drugs with thyroid hormone activity, alone or together with other therapeutic agents, have been used for the treatment of obesity. In euthyroid patients, doses within the range of daily hormonal requirements are ineffective for weight reduction. Larger doses may produce serious or even life-threatening manifestations of toxicity, particularly when given in association with sympathomimetic amines such as those used for their anorectic effects.
The use of thyroid hormones in the therapy of obesity, alone or combined with other drugs, is unjustified and has been shown to be ineffective. Neither is their use justified for the treatment of male or female infertility unless this condition is accompanied by hypothyroidism.
The active ingredient (desiccated natural thyroid) in Armour® Thyroid (thyroid tablets, USP) is derived from porcine (pig) thyroid glands of pigs processed for human food consumption and is produced at a facility that also handles bovine (cow) tissues from animals processed for human food consumption. As a result, a potential risk of product contamination with porcine and bovine viral or other adventitious agents cannot be ruled out. Forest is not aware of any cases of disease transmission associated with the use of Armour Thyroid.
This applies to the first writers concern.karen
Hello Marypriebe and welcome to DC. I am at a loss here why you are so upset with DC. We are not a pharmacy; we are a peer-to-peer group who offer our support, expertise and experiences regarding medications, interactions and mostly from our own perspective. There is a lot of information available to read here and to research. Judging from what some of the responses have been, it sounds like it was being prescribed in conjunction with some weight-loss program. Never a good idea and is expressly prohibited to be dispensed for said purpose - not just Armour but any thyroid medication. I became ill with a toxic liver when a rheumatologist started prescribing Synthroid in higher doses along with his own weight-loss gimmick that he assured me was safe. He was a "doctor" and helping people is what he does best. I should have sued his butt after I ended up in the hospital.
I lost weight alright and got hospitalized for that priviledge.
I am on compounded Armour Thyroid with no issues. I have been on this with no issues at all. Like with any medication... what works for one might not work for another. However, I have been talking about a book on DC for some time now called, "THYROID POWER, 10 STEPS TO BETTER HEALTH" by Dr. Richard Shames, M.D. and his wife Karalee Shames, R.N., PhD. I got myself as educated as I could so I could have a decent conversation with my endocrinologist. This book is only a few dollars and is also available at local libraries.
Whatever you are upset about, I hope we can shed some light if we were sure what it is you are looking for. I understand you are frustrated but we
are here to help you, if help is what you seek.
- Armour Thyroid Information for Consumers
- Armour Thyroid Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Armour Thyroid (detailed)
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