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Old 07-14-2012, 05:59 AM   #1
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Over the Counter Thyroid Meds

I have diagnosed myself as hypothyroid by my blood tests about 2 years ago and haven't had any luck finding a doctor to treat me. They all say the same thing. Your blood work is "normal". I know this isn't true and I'm at the point now where I don't even want to see a doctor. I would rather just treat myself with over the counter meds and keep having my blood checked. My question is, has anyone tried Nutri Meds? I've checked the reviews and they were all good. They seem safe enough but I wanted to get some other opinions before I try them. I'm honestly a little scared about self-treating but I see no other option at this point because it's already been 2 years too long that I've been living with these horrible symptoms. I haven't gotten my Free T's checked in about a year but they were in the low normal range. My TSH was 2.7 a month ago. Last year it was 2.1. Any opinions would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 07-14-2012, 06:16 AM   #2
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Re: Over the Counter Thyroid Meds

Self-medicating can be dangerous. In addition, OTC thyroid supplements do not necessarily meet FDA or USP standards and can, therefore, be inconsistent.

Your TSH should get a thyroid-savvy doctor's attention.

Have you tried calling local pharmacists to get contact info for doctors that prescribe either Armour or Cytomel? These types of doctors usually "get thyroid" and I know forum members have had success with this approach.

Another idea is to check the Top Thyroid Doctors site for doctors in your area.

For an $18 fee (last time I checked), the Broda Barnes Foundation will send you an information packet along with a list of doctors in your state who follow Dr. Barnes' ideology with thyroid care. (Dr. Barnes was lightyears ahead of his time - he is the author of "Hypothyroidism - An Unsuspected Illness") The foundation's website provides the email address to use when requesting the packet.

Finally, you could check with the Women's International Pharmacy for a list of doctors in your area that prescribe bioidentical hormones. Doctors that recognize the need for these can also be quite thyroid-savvy.

Best of luck to you moving forward - please keep us posted.
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Old 07-14-2012, 06:51 AM   #3
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Re: Over the Counter Thyroid Meds

Thanks for your quick reply. Yes, I've already got the list from the Broda Barnes Foundation but they only gave me doctors that were over 2 hrs away and weren't covered under insurance. I've called several pharmacies and they acted like I was speaking another language. I've also checked the top docs in my area but they aren't covered by my insurance either. Since Nutri Meds are much weaker than prescription, I figured they would be safer for someone like me who reacts to pretty much anything.

 
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Re: Over the Counter Thyroid Meds

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I've called several pharmacies and they acted like I was speaking another language.
While it's clear you've made quite the effort already, I wonder if you spoke directly to the pharmacist vs. the counter help. That can make quite the difference.

If I had to look for a new doctor, my plan would be to speak to the pharmacist and tell him/her I am new to the area and take a med not all doctors prescribe. I would then ask for contact info for doctors that prescribe Armour (or Cytomel - not both).

I will not deny that I have concerns about OTC thyroid meds due to consistency and actual product content.

No matter what, I wish you the utmost success in your quest and hope you're able to get the proper care.
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