Are you one of the patients that was told by Medicare that Armour is unsafe and ineffective-and you must take a synthetic? The risk is that your body is unable to break down the levothroid into the necessary components to work on your body. I got that notice and saw my doctor-he said that I'd just have to pay for Armour myself. I consulted with another doctor that told me since I already have a bad history with synthetic thyroids, no doctor in his right mind would prescribe anything but Armour. Demand to get T 3 evalues when you get your thyroid screen. When you body doesn't get the T 3, all sorts of things can go wrong. When they stopped making Armour about 5 years ago, I couldn't even handle the stuff compounded at a local pharmacy. I don't think they followed directions-but I can't prove it.
Taking the medication has no risk. As stated above, not taking it will eventually cause death. You will have an endocrinologist for the rest of your life. Be sure you take your med first thing in a.m. with water only. Half an hour later you can have breakfast. Be sure you take 1200mg calcium every day. And go for your periodic tests as the doctor requests. Thyroid is very slow to adjust and takes weeks for an effect when doses are changed.
The argument of using Armour or not is between you and the doctor. My doctors will not prescribe it because every dose is slightly different and dosing for the body changes for each batch. There is also a concern regarding where it is made and the safety of it since it is made from either beef or pork thymus. Hundreds of animals make up a batch and the chance for contamination does exist. For those like Meyati who cannot use synthetic this is the alternative. For those that can, the synthroid works fine.
As this is an open forum there will be different responses. Always consult with your doctor before you change a dose of a medication. :-)
- Levothroid Information for Consumers
- Levothroid Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Levothroid (detailed)
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