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
(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