DO NOT USE!................

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    Do Not Use! Natural or Desiccated Thyroid (ARMOUR
    THYROID) For Thyroid Hormone Replacement Therapy - Worst Pills, Best Pills Newsletter May, 2003

    We decided to revisit the Do Not Use status of Armour Thyroid because,remarkably, it remains among the Top 200 drugs in the U.S., with almost 2 million prescriptions dispensed in 2002. And the number of prescriptions appears to be growing.

    Armour Thyroid is made from desiccated pork thyroid glands and is sold by Forest Laboratories, Inc. of St. Louis.

    The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics, an independent source of drug information written for physicians and pharmacists that we frequently cite, concluded that synthetic levothyroxine is preferred
    over other forms of thyroid replacement drugs. This recommendation was made in 1977.

    Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved levothyroxine products include Thyro-Tabs, Novothyrox, Unithroid and Synthroid.

    The AMA [American Medical Association] Drug Evaluations 5th edition -- an excellent source of drug information before the AMA became the American Merchandising Association -- also made the recommendation in 1983 that synthetic levothyroxine is the preferred thyroid hormone
    replacement treatment.

    The USP long ago established standards for all thyroid products from animal sources sold in the US, but those standards are based only on iodine content and not potency. Active thyroid hormone contains iodine and the USP standards require that the natural preparations contain
    between 0.17 percent to 0.23 percent of iodine by weight. However, there is no requirement for the potency of these products in regulating metabolism -- the main function of thyroid hormone. A preparation may satisfy the USP iodine requirements and not contain sufficient amounts
    of the active forms of thyroid hormone to produce the desired therapeutic effect.

    The American Thyroid Association clearly states on its Web site: There is no evidence that desiccated thyroid, a biological preparation, has any dvantage over synthetic thyroxine.

    Why, after over 25 years of advice to the contrary, is Armour Thyroid in the Top 200 most frequently prescribed drugs in the U.S.? One explanation appears to be that thyroid replacement therapy with natural thyroid appears to have become a niche market for unscrupulous complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practitioners, some of whom are licensed MDs. Some of these CAM practitioners are also promoting natural thyroid hormone as a part of their weight loss programs. This is a dangerous practice, but it is not

    The Armour Thyroid professional labeling also contains this additional statement: 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.

    The symptoms of excessive thyroid hormone intake include chest pain, increased pulse rate, palpitations, excessive sweating, heat intolerance, or nervousness. If you experience these symptoms while taking thyroid hormone, either natural or synthetic, contact your doctor

    What You Can Do

    If you are offered natural thyroid hormone replacement treatment for any reason, this is a red flag and you should get a second opinion.

  2. Jen F

    Jen F New Member

    I need to look into supplements for my low functioning thyroid, I am just waiting til summer is over cause don't want to be any more heat intolerant.

    I have known people with good results from Armour Thyroid and it is recommended in a number of CFS books and by CFS practitioners.

    It is a good point, that the active component may not be standardized, but this info alone does not completely convince me that the product is bad.

    but, it is one piece of info for me and others to bear in mind.

    thank you.
  3. Plantscaper

    Plantscaper New Member

    I asked to put on Thyrolar, which contains both the T/3 and T/4 and seems to be working better than the Levoxyl I was taking..I did seem to have some problems, taking Armour, a long time ago...
  4. AnnetteP

    AnnetteP New Member

    just more BS from the mouth of the AMA.

    Not too long ago they were saying our diets were adequate and that we didn't need a daily multi; now their tune has changed. I don't put much stock in what they proclaim as it seems to ebb and flow with the times.

    I love Armour and can honestly say it has changed my life. I do not take it for weight loss, but for my hashimoto's. Thanks to the wonderful dr.s who I was treated by, and who I might add were in good standing with the AMA, I was NOT being adequately cared for. They NEVER restored my health, and in fact they never got rid of my goiter, even though they had me on thyroid meds. for years. Plus, they never bothered to check that I had an auto-immune thyroid condition and that my body doesn't convert enough T4 to T3! Thanks to my dr. who does prescribe Armour, my health has been restored to a degree I never expected.

    Remember, this is the same medical establishment that thinks synthetic pharmaceuticals are the ultimate panacea.
  5. klarry

    klarry New Member

    I've been taking Synthroid for some seven years for Hashimoto's disease. I have not had a problem, and have had been told that my goiter has been reduced. The only thing I need to do, besides take a daily pill in the AM, is get regular blood tests.
  6. victoria

    victoria New Member

    This is again the AMA in cahoots with the big drug companies.

    My mother in law was on armour for years, then was switched to synthroid 'cause her MD said it was 'better.'
    She fully expected at least no change, and at best to maybe even feel better in some way; hosever, she did lousy on it unti convincing him to switch her back.

    Also, most people do NOT take it just for weight loss...

    Does anyone remember the scandal about synthroid a few years ago - something about not having completed the registration process or something, and also I think varying amounts in the product....?