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Old 02-06-2008, 07:50 AM   #1
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Anyone had trouble taking Armour or adjusting to it?

After 3 weeks on Armour (30mg) I was nervous and unable to concentrate. I cut it in half and took that for 8 weeks but it wasn't enough to make any difference on my thyroid levels. When I increase the dose, I get nervous and can't concentrate. My dr has taken me off the Armour and starting cytomel.

I'm wondering if some people can't take Armour, or does it take time to adjust to it?

Thanks in advance for your response!

 
Old 02-06-2008, 10:01 AM   #2
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Re: Anyone had trouble taking Armour or adjusting to it?

The secret to adjusting to your Armour [if you are sensitive to meds] is to start out very low. Increase very slowly and in very small amts. I had to increase by 1/4 of a 15mcg tablet at at time.

After you cut your dosage down to 15 mcg. did you then go back and try to increase again? It's a good idea when you are trying to adjust dosage, to get your prescription in 1/4 grain [15 mcg] and you can cut the sm pills with razer blade or pill cuter into the smallest dosage. Get labs done every 6 wks until you get adjusted.

 
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Old 02-06-2008, 12:09 PM   #3
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Re: Anyone had trouble taking Armour or adjusting to it?

Thanks SHMILY!
This is very helpful. I am very sensitive to medications. No, I didn't try to increase again. I will see my dr on Fri and ask her what she thinks. How long would you recommend staying at a dose before increasing? A few weeks?

 
Old 02-06-2008, 11:08 PM   #4
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Re: Anyone had trouble taking Armour or adjusting to it?

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After 3 weeks on Armour (30mg) I was nervous and unable to concentrate. I cut it in half and took that for 8 weeks but it wasn't enough to make any difference on my thyroid levels. When I increase the dose, I get nervous and can't concentrate. My dr has taken me off the Armour and starting cytomel.

I'm wondering if some people can't take Armour, or does it take time to adjust to it?

Thanks in advance for your response!
I HATE ARMOUR! I was doing fine on Nature-Throid (also dessicated--supposed to be the same; surely IS NOT, and my pharmacist confirms that for me), but arbitrarily switched to Armour. Knocked me down in K.O. I could hardly move. You surely have patience! I went right back to the Nature-throid, and was fine again.
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Old 02-07-2008, 01:47 PM   #5
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runNM.............I waited 10 days to 2 wks in between increases. Don't increase until you no longer feel hyper and your blood pressure and hr are normal. In my case, I had low TSH, low FT3 & 4. Drs. would not increase my meds because they just looked at TSH. I finally insisted that they test my TSI antibodies and sure enough, I had 87%. The TSI antibodies (Graves antibodies) were falsely suppressing my TSH. Because my thyroid was working so hard to produce the hormones, this caused me to have nodules. I was on a merry-g0-round. I was told that when I got my hormones to right level my TSI antibodies should go away and maybe even the nodules. In the last few months I have increased my Armour by 22 1/2 mcg [One 15mcg + 1/2 of a 15 mcg tablet. I hope this works for you.

IMO, most of the ones that can't take Armour, or give up on them, are increasing too fast or too much at a time.

 
Old 02-07-2008, 07:11 PM   #6
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Thanks, Shmily,
I needed to hear that. You know so much. I wish you'd check my labs. They look normal to me, but my doc has me on Nature-throid, and I'm all wired and weird--more than usual (lol). My question is on the first page. I really appreciate what you said here.

 
Old 02-08-2008, 06:43 AM   #7
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Re: Anyone had trouble taking Armour or adjusting to it?

Thanks Shmily.

I will see the dr this morning and should have results of antibodies. My dr had not checked this yet. I also run low on TSH, but this dr has been looking at FT3 and FT4. The FT3 is around 50% of the range. Also I have a non-cancerous nodule. I have the classic hypothyroid symptoms.

While increasing dose of Armour, it sounds like I may have to temporarily put up with hyper reaction in order to adjust to higher dose.

Your info is very helpful and much appreciated.

 
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