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Old 02-26-2011, 11:07 AM   #1
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Hi, on Armour and have new labs

Hi, I am on 90 mg Armour and was stable at that amount. I was taking the 90 mg in the morning.
My dr. split my dose and I took it at 6 am- 60 mg then at 1 pm- 30 mg.

After 2 or 3 wks on that schedule, my labs came back:
free T4 0.82 (reference 0.82-1.77) and
TSH 0.761 (reference 0.450 -4.500)

Now my dr. is saying she wants me to take a combination of levothyroxine and Armour because my T4 is too low.

I am resistant to levothyroxine because I do not want to gain weight, lose hair, etc. I am thinking of changing drs. to one who will keep me on Armour only.

Is it possible that taking the Armour in 2 different doses has changed my absorption since I eat before the 1 pm dose? I have already gone back to the 90 mg Armour in the am.

Can anyone help me with this?

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Old 02-26-2011, 12:58 PM   #2
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Re: Hi, on Armour and have new labs

I think all you need is an increase in dose I also split my dose and I don't think it makes a difference.
I also would ask her to run the FT3 test being on Armour you need to have both tests.
I would ask for an increase in my Armour dose before I would add T4 meds.

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Old 02-26-2011, 01:27 PM   #3
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Re: Hi, on Armour and have new labs

I agree that you should get a FreeT3 level done - Armour contains both T3 & T4 so that makes sense.

Many people taking Armour have a low FreeT4 and are fine with that since their FT3 is high enough to leave them without symptoms.

And, there are people that do need to add levothyroxine to their Armour to have both levels in the "right places" to make them symptom-free.

I need both my FT4 and FT3 right at the top of the, I take levo and Cytomel....I suspect that, should I switch over to Armour, I'd probably wind up needing to take a little levo to balance things out.

Please know that levothyroxine does not cause weight gain and/or hair loss - thyroid hormone levels too low for the individual are responsible for that.

I have found that many people who used to take levo and had these symptoms before switching over to Armour think the symptoms were caused by the levo 'cuz they felt so much better on Armour.

I suspect they were low on T3 when on levo and low T3 causes weight gain/hair loss. When switching over to Armour, they are now getting T3 (vs T4 only in levo) and that is what made the difference.
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