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Old 11-23-2009, 11:55 AM   #1
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What should I expect switching from synthroid to armour?

I'll be switching to 60mg of Armour (from compounding pharmacy) from 100mcg synthroid. Anything I should expect, like to feel better soon or heart palps? Just wondered.

 
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Old 11-23-2009, 12:04 PM   #2
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Re: What should I expect switching from synthroid to armour?

60 mg is a pretty small dose of Armour so don't expect much. You might need to raise the dose as needed to get your symptoms under control. Do some labs in a few weeks and see what your FT3 and FT4 levels look like.

 
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Old 11-23-2009, 01:27 PM   #3
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Re: What should I expect switching from synthroid to armour?

Will I be ok on armour made at a compounded pharmacy? I've read it's about the same as the old Armour if made this way.

I'm getting new labs in 2 weeks.

 
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Re: What should I expect switching from synthroid to armour?

Ask what they are using as a filler at that compounding pharamcy. If they are using cellulose you might have problems. Some are using lactose, which if you don't have issues with it is a good filler.

I would consider getting some Erfa if you are going to stick with desiccated thyroid. It's a fraction of the cost of compounded and has very few fillers and no cellulose. Compounding pharms are not very closely regulated so it's not as sure a thing as a major manufacturer. Go to the Erfa Thyroid site and print out the drug info for your doc to take a look at. I use a Canadian pharmacy that charges $19 for 100 1 grain tablets (plus $7.50 S&H). Everyone who uses Erfa says it most closely resembles the old Armour of them all.

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Old 11-23-2009, 04:09 PM   #5
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Re: What should I expect switching from synthroid to armour?

See and I thought getting it at a compounding pharmacy was better than getting the old formula of Armour. I don't know what the filler is, I didn't know to ask. I already picked it up. I hope it works. Now I'm all worried I got the wrong thing. I wish these meds were cut and dry. If I stay on this I'll look at the Erfa website.

 
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Re: What should I expect switching from synthroid to armour?

Sorry! I didn't mean to worry you. Many, many folks do fine with compounded meds. I'm just too cheap to buy them when there are cheaper and better alternatives out there

 
Old 11-23-2009, 04:14 PM   #7
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Re: What should I expect switching from synthroid to armour?

No problem. I appreciate all your help. :-) All I can do is try new things and see how it works out.

 
Old 11-23-2009, 08:21 PM   #8
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Re: What should I expect switching from synthroid to armour?

I didn't do well on compounded Armour. Let us know how you do.

 
Old 11-24-2009, 09:57 AM   #9
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Re: What should I expect switching from synthroid to armour?

I just found out the compounded thryoid meds I just got do have cellulose as a filler, but the pharmacist said he didn't think it was a problem and he hasn't had any complaints from anyone. Maybe by switching from synthroid to armour I'll feel a difference anyway. I'll give it a month or so and if I don't feel a difference, I'll look into the Canadian version. The pharmacist said he just talked to the Armour company yesterday and they didn't give him a date of when they'll be back in production.

 
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