• Have been on levothyroxin generic for synthroid 125 mcg. Have heard of Armour a more natural thyroid hormone replacement.

    Asked by haleezcomet on Sunday, December 16, 2012

    Have been on levothyroxin generic for synthroid 125 mcg. Have heard of Armour a more natural thyroid hormone replacement.

    Seems like the synthetic meds are not helping anymore. Recently have weight gain and lethargic feeling. Has anyone tried Amour and if so would like to hear their experiences.

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    • carm's Avatar
      carm (Best Answer!)

      Hello, I am an oncology nurse and also on synthroid. I have never tried Armour, but as a nurse I do know that we are to monitor glucose levels on patients taking it because Armour does have the tendency to raise sugar levels. I have never heard it to be a more natural drug, it is a chemical compound and considered a pharmaceutical. Best of luck to you, Carm.

      almost 5 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar
      lynn1950

      Hi. I don't have thyroid cancer, but I do have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis which makes me hypo. I have been on levoxyl since I was 39. I am 62. The levoxyl never quite got my T3 where it needed to be and I was always feeling lethargic and cold and suffering from weight gain and dry skin even though my TSH and T4 looked fine. Finally, an endrocrinologist had me try Armour after looking at my T3, which turned out to be low. Well the Armour worked fine, except it made me REALLY jittery. I now take a half a dose of levoxyl and a half dose of Armour and I have been mostly fine for about 15 years. (There was an Armour shortage a couple of years ago.) It is a fine balancing act to get those hormones working right. Best of luck.

      almost 5 years ago
    • haleezcomet's Avatar
      haleezcomet

      Thank you Carm & Lynn for these two in depth responses. Never knew about the glucose levels increasing. That concerns me. Would like to add you both if that is alright. Thank you

      almost 5 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      Well yes, I guess Armour is more natural in that the active ingredient is ground up and dehydrated pig thyroid, which is something I'm not real keen about putting in my body. And because pigs too can have thyroid cancer and other thyroid diseases, the actual amount of T3/T4 you get with Armour is quite variable.

      almost 5 years ago
    • haleezcomet's Avatar
      haleezcomet

      Nancjac I would have to agree with you there. The thought of consuming a pill containing part of a pig does not appeal to me. Guess I will need to reschedule my labs to get myself more regulated again. Just so tired of sleeping 8 or 10 hrs. & feeling like I had no sleep @ all. Have to think fast on my job so its frustrating.

      almost 5 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar
      lynn1950

      nancejac-it is true that armour comes from pig. And I am Jewish! Still, it is the only way that I have quality of life with thryroiditis. The t3/t4 in Armour is stable enough to keep ME on an even keel and has been the only thing, combined with levoxyl, that has worked for me over all of these years. During the Armour drought a couple of years back when I was on levoxyl only, I didn't do so well and my t3 labs confirmed it; I felt quite lethargic and depressed. Once Armour was available again, my mood and other symptoms improved. I wouldn't recommend Armour to everyone, but for those of us that can't get the needed t3 from Levoxyl's t4, it is a godsend.

      almost 5 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar
      lynn1950

      Sorry, not nancejac, nancyjac.

      almost 5 years ago
    • haleezcomet's Avatar
      haleezcomet

      I appreciate all the information about the Armour thyroid. I believe that what works for some doesn't work for others;thats why we are here on this site to encourage and learn from each others own experiences.

      almost 5 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar
      karen1956

      I take ARmour thyroid...been on it for about 6 or 8 months....

      almost 5 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar
      karen1956

      I also just started a low dose of T3

      almost 5 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      I have been on Levothyroxin for over 4 years. I started out fairly low, but once I started chemo it was slowly increased to 100 mcg. It seems to be working for me. I know people who swear by Armour, but I have never tried it. make sure you are being tested for T3, T4 and the T3 to T4 conversion rate. your TSH can be normal, but other readings can show an imbalance. Also some of the meds we take -chemo, steroids, etc can cause weight gain and lethargic feelings as well. My advice is to get a through check-up and a complete thyroid blood panel and discuss the results with your doctor and oncologist.

      almost 5 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar
      lynn1950

      In addition to what SueRae suggests, I'd say if you are having problems with your meds and how you feel, see an endrocrinologist - they have more specialized background in the minutiae of thyroid pharmaceuticals. Your labs can look fine and you may still not feel so good.

      almost 5 years ago
    • emsavard's Avatar
      emsavard

      Armour is not the usual medication for thyroid cancer patients. This type of thyroid hormone replacement is known to be had to have accurate dosages. One prescription can be vary different from the last. As a TC patient your dosage has to be accurate to regulate your thyroid hormone levels.

      almost 5 years ago

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