Missing thyroid mystery

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One of the most frequently prescribed medications in the pharmacy is thyroid hormone.

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Joan

Houston, TX

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Oct 14, 2009
 
As a person on desiccated thyroid, the shortages make sense. There have been a lot of us switching to it and I think it finally overcame the supply that manufacturers were used to! So there really hasn't been a need to "save" it. It's still there. I'm in groups where patients are seeing it coming back to the pharmacies.(I'm on Canadian thyroid, which is a lot better than the reformulated Armour) Oh and that "controversy" you mention. That's only from doctors who are pretty clueless. If they would check out the Stop the Thyroid Madness website, they might open their eyes. Thanks. Joan.
fyi

United States

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Oct 15, 2009
 
How ironic that endocrinologists feel that it varies too much from one batch to the next, when the synthetic meds seem to have had more recalls!
Sheryl

Ashland, OH

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Oct 16, 2009
 
Since I can't fill my Armour Rx, my family dr sent me to an endo to figure out what I should do. She says that it's not natural to take all this T3 just because it makes me feel good, that there will be bad effects in the long run. The only one she names is loss of bone density. Is this true, and it so how much of a risk is it? Anyone know?
Mary

Tustin, CA

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Oct 19, 2009
 
Thanks so much for bringing attention to what is a shocking turn of events for hypothyroid patients that have been successfully and without incident taking Armour Thyroid for years. First Armour was reformulated causing many to have alarming side effects and/or the initial symptoms of their hypothyroidism to reappear. Then, suddenly and without any prior notice to doctors, pharmacists or patients, there is no natural thyroid medication available. Now these patients are scrambling for bioequivalent medications with the help of compounding pharmacists and the very few doctors that understand that synthetic thyroid is NOT an option for many. Why would the FDA force a trusted, safe and effective medication that has been used since 1890 off the market?
Shantay

United States

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Oct 19, 2009
 
I've had endocrinologists tell me that T3 causes bone loss, too. But, the clinical studies showing some bone loss are on synthetic T4 drugs. The desiccated thyroid bone loss studies show nothing more than what occurs naturally. Also, I find it ironic that many people with thyroid disease are told to take huge amounts of vitamin d, which can and does pull calcium from the bones. It always seems to fall back on taking amounts you need and not too much or too little. The synthetic drugs made my entire life worse to the point of being disabled with chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. At least with natural thyroid I can work again.
Leigh

Bronx, NY

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Oct 19, 2009
 
Sheryl wrote:
Since I can't fill my Armour Rx, my family dr sent me to an endo to figure out what I should do. She says that it's not natural to take all this T3 just because it makes me feel good, that there will be bad effects in the long run. The only one she names is loss of bone density. Is this true, and it so how much of a risk is it? Anyone know?
Osteoporosis is much more of a concern with synthetic levothyroxine! If you were to take really excessive amounts of T3 - well above what you would ever get in a prescription product - you might get thinned bones as you would, say, if you drank a whole lot of coffee. This is all explained at thyroid.about.com - one of the best sites for comprehensive thyroid disease information (the other you should know well is stopthethyroidmadness.com ). Another site that discusses maintaining bone health in a smart way is women-to-women (can't remember the exact site name), owned by two LPN nurses. They don't have expertise on thyroid matters, but generally I've been impressed with their health information.

I get so frustrated and disappointed when I hear of ANOTHER endocrinologist with BAD INFORMATION! Oh, sigh.
Sheryl

Ashland, OH

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Oct 20, 2009
 
When I told the endo that the Synthroid I tried initial helped somewhat but not to the point where I could live normally or work , she said that if all you had to work with was a hammer & nail, then you have to find a way to work with the hammer & nail. When I said that I felt so good on the Armour, she said I might feel good on morphine,too, but that didn't mean I should take it. She said she'd never had a patient who didn't respond to Synthroid (but not doesn't speak to their quality of life) and that if I still had the fatigue problem after I switched over to Synthroid, she was sure my family doctor could help me look into other causes. Maybe I had sleep apnea, she said, or Epstein-Barr, or needed to eat better. She said that I'd get more energy if I excercised. That's when I realized that she had to clue what it's like not to be able to lift your arms, that holding yourself up in a chair can be exhausting. Thanks for the responses. You've helped me chart my course. Canada, here I come.
Sheryl

Ashland, OH

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Oct 20, 2009
 
I mean she had NO clue.
Josie

Hackettstown, NJ

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Oct 26, 2009
 
Wow! I'm so happy to be finding out why I've been feeling so miserable!!! I have been having hair loss, arm muscle pain, bad headaches, palpitations, insomnia and fatigue. I have been taking Armour thyroid which now I find out has been reformulated and this explains everything. I am so disgusted with our government and specifcally the FDA. This is an utter outrage! Forest Labs didn't even announce to patients OR pharmacies about the change in formulation. My question is: What in hell was in those tablets we have all been taking? I have a few left and I'm going to take them to a lab to get tested and I will sue the pants off of this lab. I hope others do the same!
George Marlow

Paris, France

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Feb 5, 2013
 
I have ordered prescription drugs (without a prescription) online from http://inhousegeneric.info about two years ago, and was pleased with the speed and quality of service.
I'm thinking of doing the same thing with my medication. The meds is expensive, but there is a generic version available overseas.
I love the idea of taking responsibility for my own health (or lack of health) and skipping the bureaucracy... to say nothing of having to drive to the doctor, wait in line, yet again, to get a prescription refilled.
Kennett

Sweden

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Apr 20, 2013
 
i wrote:
I have ordered prescription drugs (without a prescription) online from http://inhousegeneric.info about two years ago, and was pleased with the speed and quality of service.
I'm thinking of doing the same thing with my medication. The meds is expensive, but there is a generic version available overseas.
I love the idea of taking responsibility for my own health (or lack of health) and skipping the bureaucracy... to say nothing of having to drive to the doctor, wait in line, yet again, to get a prescription refilled.
http://inhousegeneric.info very clear and informative site, simple ordering process and very fast delivery. All round excellent service - will use again.
racheljulia

Cagayan De Oro City, Philippines

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Apr 22, 2013
 
More and more people experience of losing their hair. When i experienced it only Reloxe helped me to cure it. I have used natural hair regrowth supplements and also can help the body help itself. By giving your body the right combination of vitamins and minerals, hair can easily regrow. Another factor for baldness is environment and stress. Once you get rid of stress, you can live a healthier life and regrow your hair.

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Apr 24, 2013
 
racheljulia wrote:
More and more people experience of losing their hair. When i experienced it only Reloxe helped me to cure it. I have used natural hair regrowth supplements and also can help the body help itself. By giving your body the right combination of vitamins and minerals, hair can easily regrow. Another factor for baldness is environment and stress. Once you get rid of stress, you can live a healthier life and regrow your hair.
Your comment is partly true. But for those of us who have no thyroid, it is much more complicated. I've tried numerous supplements and it has helped, somewhat. As for stress, we live in a different world than most. Our stress comes from not being able to function due to the loss of thyroid. So, sorry, but this is a less than perfect world and we're just trying to survive.
Leo

Landshut, Germany

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Sep 16, 2013
 
have been researching for months and reading reviews for each pharmacy and finally decided to take the plunge and order from one. After coming to the conclusion http://goo.gl/bLFWQG seemed the most safest and had the best feedback I ordered my pills. Was very apprehensive at first due to cc fraud, ell and they are good i would definetely recommend and purchase againspam and being generally ripped off (have not received one spam email and no cc fraud) order process and checkout was simple.
placed my order on my debit card and was charged straight away and received confirmation email immediately. choose the speedy del trackable and was advised del would be 7-9 days and order was placed on the 08/01. was just about to email them today to chase up as now 15 days but behold package had been posted through my door. packaging seems as shown on webiste. apart from small delay on advertised shipping time i have been generally please with the pharmacy.
wont be taking the pills for another few weeks yet but all going well and they are good i would definetely recommend and purchase again from them.
Aldwin

London, UK

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Jan 29, 2014
 
After 1 month of using Propecia from http://goo.gl/77dBEY , I noticed a decrease in the loss of hair after a shower. Now in my 4th month of use, there is a notable difference in the thickness of my hair, and some growth noted!

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