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    Old 06-05-2013, 04:16 PM   #1
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    Switching from Synthroid to Armour

    A little over nine years ago I was diagnosed with Graves disease and went through the radioactive iodine treatment. Four months later I had completely bottomed out and was started on Synthroid. Due to several symptoms worsening over the past few years and a really great cardiologist, I am switching to Armour. My Endo does not think it is a good idea to switch because my "numbers" are good; however, from everything I have read and others I have talked to, it seemed a good idea to me. So today I picked up my new prescription only to find that my Endo has put me on 120 mg which is equivalent to 200 mcg synthroid according to the conversion chart. I had been taking 125 mcg for six days then 150 on the seventh. Endo is telling me that this is an accurate conversion. I would like to hear from others who have switched from Synthroid to Armour as to how much they began with and what they eventually ended up at. I realize that not everyone is the same, but I don't think switching immediately from 125 mcg Synthroid to 120 mg Armour is a good idea. I did question the pharmacist but she couldn't say anything against what the doctor said, which to me said she did not agree with the dose. If she agreed with what he prescribed I would have thought she would have said that outright. She did suggest taking half a pill in the am and half in the afternoon.

     
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    Old 06-05-2013, 05:07 PM   #2
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    Re: Switching from Synthroid to Armour

    I'm sorry you are having so much trouble with your med. I don't think I can help you
    with what you need but I had been taking Armour for over 20 yrs. and was told about
    2 years ago that they were no longer making Armour thyroid. I am now taking the
    levothyroxine (generic for synthroid) due to insurance co. Also could not get Armour from Canada.

     
    Old 06-06-2013, 02:29 PM   #3
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    Re: Switching from Synthroid to Armour

    Magillicuddy... Armour had supply problems at about that time, but it has never been discontinued altogether. Whoever told you that was either mistaken or lying outright. It's very much available now. There is also a new dessicated thyroid brand called NP Thyroid, made by Acella. It's what I'm taking now.
    There's no reason for you to take levothyroxine if you did better on a natural thyroid product.
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    Old 06-06-2013, 04:13 PM   #4
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    Re: Switching from Synthroid to Armour

    I apologize if this shows up twice, I don't see it from when I thought I replied earlier.

    Midwest1, Thank you for your detailed info. Sad to say, but I agree that it would seem he has set me up to fail. I called his office this morning, just to once again verify that this was in fact the correct dosage and his nurse told me that "even though it is 30mg higher than what I was taking, the doctor feels that since it is not as reliable as the Synthroid, he wants me to start at the higher dose to try to keep my numbers level." It is amazing to me to even consider that a medical professional would take chances with his patients just to get them to take the medicine he thinks is best! One could almost assume he has a financial stake in keeping me on the Synthroid.......

    I have scheduled an appointment with my family doctor but unfortunately can not see her until the 17th. I have actually cut the pills into quarters and took two this morning and one this afternoon so I was glad to see your opinion of starting at 90mg which I have seen on some other sites as well. I will continue on that dosage until I either notice worsening symptoms or until I see my family doctor and she and I decide what to do.

    I would never have gone to this endo if my cardiologist had not recommended him. He could find no reason for my rapid/increased heartbeats and inability to catch my breath after the least amount of exertion and thought I needed to see an endocrinologist instead of my family doctor, who is an internist. I am sure I would have had no problem with her switching me had I just gone to her; however, I was a bit (lot) frightened that whatever was happening to my heart was going to have serious ramifications if I didn't go to the endo because he is, after all, a "specialist"!!! ;P Lesson learned!! Needless to say, I will not be seeing this endo again!

    One other question, I have seen on several sites that due to the reformulation, the Armour works better if you let it dissolve under your tongue. I did that today and it dissolved very quickly. What is your opinion?

     
    Old 06-06-2013, 04:44 PM   #5
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    Cool Re: Switching from Synthroid to Armour

    midwest1 Thanks for the info. I thought it was my usual luck, if I like it or it works for me they quite making it. Any particular pharmacy chain? If it isn't available through Walgreens etc. my insurance won't pay. Can't remember how much it cost, $20 or so bucks. Thanks again!

     
    Old 06-14-2013, 07:46 PM   #6
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    Re: Switching from Synthroid to Armour

    Hi, Magillicuddy,

    I just got my first prescription for NP Thyroid filled at my local CVS pharmacy. I had contacted the CVS Corporate office to see if they could help me get this product in my area (Riverside, CA). Sure enough, they did!

    My insurance doesn't cover NP Thyroid, but the cost was only $11.29. Pleasant surprise.

    FWIW.

    Cobalt

     
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