Originally Posted by midwest1
Your pharmacist is correct, and you seem confused about what it is you're taking. The compounded product isn't "Armour" at all. Armour is its own branded product, made by Forest Laboratories, comprised of porcine thyroid powder formulated with Forest's choice of binders and fillers. The compound you're taking is porcine thyroid powder mixed with a filler of the compounder's choice and (probably) no binder at all, which is why it's encapsulated instead of a formed tablet.
Think of it like comparing apples to apples... Red Delicious apples to Jonathan apples.
I've been taking a compounded thyroid product for about 6 weeks. It's working, whereas reformulated genuine Armour caused me to become hypo again after more than 5 years.
Thank you Midwest,
I was unsure about exactly what I was taking because my new bottle says "Thyroid USP (DESI)". When you say "it's working", do you mean you feel much better than on Synthroid? The reason I chose to try natural thyroid is because of hair loss and weight gain, otherwise, I did in fact feel better on Synthroid. At this point I feel as if it's a vanity thing.
The other reason is because I just wanted to try natural thyroid and see for myself what the difference is. Perhaps I may find out that it's more than just about the hair loss and weight gain, and that I might actually feel "better than I have in years", as the head pharmacist told me that other people have reported. I've decided to take this test myself. My insurance covers it, so I took this opportunity to find out the truth for me, and also for others contemplating switching from Synthroid to natural. I'm actually doing it, and I'll be sharing my experience good or bad.
I have to admit that sometimes I think that I'm overthinking this whole hypothyroid thing, and that I want the absolute "best" treatment. When it comes to ailments, I will always question current meds because I know the power of big pharm and that the most popular meds aren't always the best for you...we have to research and inform ourselves.
I just wanted to add, that someone had mentioned reading "Thyroid for Dummies", and in that very book it stated that "80% of people are useing Synthroid, and that natural thyroids were out of date and unnecessary". I didn't buy the book, so I don't know the exact quote, but that's what I remember reading.