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Old 06-27-2007, 08:57 AM   #1
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Question for Armour People - Re Process of Switching to Armour

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A little over 5 weeks ago, my new dr prescribed armour. We discussed the possibility of switching over and we decided that a gradual shift would be a good idea, given I am trying to get off my psych meds at the same time.

She prescribed 88mcg levo and 1/4 grain, which I have been on for the 5 weeks. I felt good after 2 weeks, so, I was positive about the armour experience.

Prior to the Armour, I felt over medicated on 100 mcg of levo and was told to try going down to 88mcg. However, I felt undermedicated at 88 mcg of levo and felt really an emotional wreck.

On 88 my FT4 was 1.42 (.80-1.70) and FT3 2.84 (1.80-4.20)

I suspect that I am somewhere in between in my T4 needs.

On the Armour, even though the T4 amount was in total, 97.5, and close to the 100 I had felt overmedicated on , I did not feel this at all with the Armour.

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Now, it is time to increase the Armour. I just wanted to run it by you all and see if I am doing the right thing.....I can't really remember the particular instructions from the dr! She did write down for me, "increase ARmour, decrease levothyroxine."She trusted me since she knew in understood what was going on medication wise.

I am contemplating taking a 75mcg pill along with two of the 1/4 grains, for a total of 94 mcg T4 and 4.5 mcg of T3. (I thought this would be easier than cutting the 88mcg.)

Would this be the normal way to proceed when switching over? By raising it 1/4 of a grain each time, or did any of you Armour people achieve this in a different way?.....or should I just call my dr?

 
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Re: Question for Armour People - Re Process of Switching to Armour

It might be best to ask the doctor again.

I do think, though, that your plan sounds reasonable... the 75 mcg T4 with two 1/4 grain Armours. You will reduce your T4 from the levo by 13 mcgs; the levo equivalence of 1/4 grain of Armour is about 18.5 mcgs. You won't be increasing the total dose by much, but you will be changing the ratio of T4/T3, which is the goal, right?

I took Synthroid in the beginning, but I was off of it for 1 month before I started taking Armour; so there was no direct switch for me. There are various ways to go about doing that, from what I have read here. No real right or wrong way, from what I can gather.

So... that probably didn't help you much, but at least you have my 2¢...

 
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Re: Question for Armour People - Re Process of Switching to Armour

Thanks Midwest. Opinions from people here are highly valued and always figure into my treatment decisions.

I do appreciate your "2 cents"

 
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Re: Question for Armour People - Re Process of Switching to Armour

Sparkles ~

6 weeks ago I switched from Levoxyl / Cytomel combo to Armour. The doctor just had me switch (he was VERY about my choice of Armour). The first six weeks I took 3/4 grain Armour along with 10 mcg's of Cytomel. The next eight weeks I'll take just ONE grain of Armour & no Cytomel

Personally, I understand the gradual stairSTEPS concept very well. And think that would be easier on the body. (I felt no ill effects from just boom switching though,,,)

 
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