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What's the Best BRAND of Thyroid for Me?

A Look at How to Choose the Right Thyroid Drug For You

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Updated December 13, 2003

Richard and Karilee Shames,authors of "Thyroid Power," have taken a good look at how patients should investigate the best thyroid drug for them. They argue that even the best possible dose may not be best for you, if you're not taking the right drug.

They believe that patients on levothyroxine who don't feel well may wish to consider changing to a competing brand. Say the Shames: "Of the four supposedly-equivalent brands of thyroxine sold in the United States (Synthroid, Levothroid, Levoxyl, Unithroid), each is the special favorite for many thousands of people...We know of a number of doctors, not to mention entire HMOs, who have a 'favorite' brand of thyroxine. However, it may not be YOUR body's favorite brand."

They also believe patients should understand research studies and how they're conducted, and why it's particularly difficult to say that any particular brand of thyroid medicine is best, based on studies.

Drs. Richard and Karilee Shames explore this important investigation [link url=http://www.thyroid-info.com/articles/shamesthydrug.htm]further in this online article.

Richard Shames MD is a Harvard and University of Pennsylvania educated General Practitioner with over 30 years of experience. He is presently practicing in Mill Valley/San Rafael, CA. He & Karilee Shames PhD, RN, co-authored the book THYROID POWER: 10 STEPS TO TOTAL HEALTH. He is available for second opinion consultations all over the country. For information, see their website [link url=http://www.ThyroidPower.com]www.ThyroidPower.com.

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