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Old 04-19-2006, 05:59 PM   #1
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Discontinuing Armour Thyroid. What to expect??

I have been on 7.5 mg (1/8 grain) of Armour Thyroid for about a year and a half. Although my Thyroid blood tests were all normal, my doctor put me on the Armour Thyroid as a trial to see if my fatigue, low body temperature, and constipation would resolve.

Lately I've been feeling very irritable, and think maybe it's the Thyroid medication. Also, I've also just realized I've been having a lot of iodized salt and wonder if that's been too much for my thyroid gland.

Anyway, my doctor mentioned possibly weaning me off the Armour Thyroid and I am wondering what sort of symptoms I might expect. Anyone out there been through this? I know it's a very low dose, but still I'd like to know what the possible withdrawal symptoms might be.

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Old 04-20-2006, 09:03 AM   #2
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Re: Discontinuing Armour Thyroid. What to expect??

1/8 grain is very, very little at all. Are you on any other form of thyroid meds? You say your tests are normal, if you can, post them here with the ranges and you will get some replies. Guidelines have changed and not all it normal anymore. Just because the average size shoe is and 8, doesn't mean it fits you properly. You might need a 9 to feel good and comfortable. Has the doctor run the right tests?

Personally, for me 1/8 would probably do nothing for me to begin with, so I can't answer how you might feel. I had 1/2 grain taken away at the beginning of the month (because slightly hyper now), I was more tired all day for a few days and wasn't at hot, but most of that has gone now. But it seems I must not convert well, because my T4 is a lot more over than my T3. I feel it I had it taken away completely, I probably get cold again and real moody and tired. My family would toss me out into the street. Hopefully others will come along and let you know any of their weaning.

Old 04-23-2006, 09:35 AM   #3
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Re: Discontinuing Armour Thyroid. What to expect??

Welcome sapphire

When my labs were still low, during my 2nd administering of Thyroid meds, I was perscribed 3/4 a grain of Armour. (many say THAT is small) So I'd have to agree that 1/8 grain is a very tiny dose, that shouldn't have many side-effects while tappering off of the medicine. Do what your doctor suggests though.

Since there is such a contraversy as to what " NORMAL " bloodwork is, do you happen to have copies of the labwork ?

Irritated is no way to live. Hope you feel better soon,

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