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Thyroid Drugs & Various Treatments for Thyroid Conditions

A look at the various drugs and treatments used for thyroid conditions, including hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, goiter, nodules, thyroid cancer, and autoimmune thyroid disease, developed by thyroid patient advocate Mary Shomon.
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Thyroid Patients: Do You Need T3 or Natural Desiccated Thyroid?
If you are hypothyroid and taking a thyroid replacement hormone drug, do you need T3 or natural desiccated thyroid? A look at these treatment options for people with hypothyroidism.

Hair Loss Solutions For Thyroid Patients
Hair loss is a common side effect of thyroid disorders, including hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, and other thyroid conditions. Find out more about how thyroid patients can combat hair loss, from patient advocate Mary Shomon.

Six Things You Should Do Every Time You Get a Prescription Filled
Here are six things you should do every time you get a prescription for any medication filled at your pharmacy.

Clinical Trial to Compare Natural Desiccated Thyroid to Levothyroxine
The National Institutes of Health has announced a new clinical trial to compare natural desiccated thyroid treatment to levothyroxine in relief of symptoms in hypothyroid patients.

Can Hypothyroidism Be Treated Naturally?
Can you use natural treatments for hypothyroidism? A look at natural thyroid drugs, and non-drug holistic and natural approaches for an underactive thyroid.

Virus Epidemic Affecting U.S. Pigs, Natural Desiccated Thyroid Prices Rise
A viral epidemic is affecting the pig supply in the U.S. and causing prices of pork to rise. At the same time, the cost of some thyroid drugs made from pigs is also experiencing dramatic price increases.

Editorial: Endocrinologists Misrepresenting Natural Thyroid Drugs
A look at how the endocrinology world continues to present misinformation about natural thyroid drugs, and misrepresent the value of natural desiccated thyroid drugs for hypothyroidism treatment.

What to Do When Your Thyroid Drug Is Unavailable
What should you do if a doctor or pharmacist tells you that Armour Thyroid has been discontinued? Patient advocate Mary Shomon has some eye-opening advice.

Major Changes in Hypothyroidism Treatment
A look at major shifts in the way thyroid hormone replacement medication is being used, and future directions for levothyroxine, T4+T3, and natural desiccated thyroid treatment for hypothyroidism.

10 Creative Ways to Remember to Take Your Thyroid Pill
Remembering to take your thyroid medications and pills is one of the most essential things you can do as a patient, to ensure that you get the best results from your treatment. But sometimes, it can be hard to remember to take your medication as prescribed. Here are 10 creative ways to help you remember to take your thyroid medications.

When Patients Won't Take Their Thyroid Medication
People who have thyroid conditions -- including hypothyroidism, and hyperthyroidism / Graves' disease -- sometimes choose to not take their prescription medications for various reasons. Patient advocate Mary Shomon looks at their reasons, along with the health implications that go along with failing to take prescribed thyroid medications.

Five Reasons Your Poor Thyroid Health Could Be Your Fault
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20 Secrets of Successful Thyroid Patients
20 Secrets of successful thyroid patients, featuring ideas and information on things patients can do to feel their best, from Mary Shomon, Thyroid Guide, patient advocate and author of a number of books and guides on thyroid disease and autoimmune disease

Why a Low TSH Means Your Doctor Lowers Your Dose, And Other Confusing Issues
Why "Low TSH" means "Less Medicine" and Other Confusing Thyroid Issues

Stop Making These 9 Thyroid Mistakes
Are you a thyroid patient making one of these 9 common mistakes that can interfere with your treatment, health, and quality of life?

Armour Thyroid and Nature-Throid Natural Desiccated Thyroid S…
During 2009, the unprecedented shortages of natural desiccated thyroid drugs -- like Armour Thyroid and Nature-Throid -- has caused major shortages, backorders, and concerns for patients. The following is key coverage of the issue in 2009.

Forest Laboratories
Forest Pharmaceuticals / Forest Laboratories -- the pharmaceutical company that makes thyroid drugs Armour Thyroid, Thyrolar, and Levothroid -- has had serious legal problems, and has pleaded guilty to numerous felony and misdemeanor criminal charges, and will now pay hundreds of millions in penalties and sanctions for obstruction, illegal...

Coffee and Thyroid Medication
Studies have shown that coffee and espresso can affect the absorption and effectiveness of synthetic thyroid drug levothyroxine, such as Synthroid, Levoxyl, and Eltroxin, and experts recommend that patients wait an hour before drinking coffee or espresso to ensure thyroid drug absorption.

Armour Thyroid's Spring 2009 Reformulation Causing Problems
During the Spring of 2009, the natural desiccated thyroid drug, Armour Thyroid, apparently underwent a reformulation of fillers, including a decrease in the amount of dextrose, increase in cellulose, and the addition of cornstarch to the tablets. Since that time, some patients have been reporting a variety of problems with this new Armour formula, and some are choosing to switch to other drugs, including Nature-Throid and Westhroid.

Should You Take Your Thyroid Medication at Night?
Thyroid patients have always been told to take their medication in the morning, on an empty stomach, before breakfast. Now research is showing that taking medication at bedtime may help improve absorption of thyroid medication and ease symptoms. Thyroid patient advocate Mary Shomon takes a look.

The Iodine Controversy
Iodine supplementation and iodization of salt are controversial issues. Too little iodine is a health danger, but now researchers have found that too much iodine can also have a negative impact on thyroid health. Find out more from thyroid patient advocate Mary Shomon.

Thyroid Patients: Dealing With Your Pharmacy and Pharmacists
One of the crucial players in any thyroid patient's overall path to wellness is the pharmacy. It's important that, as a savvy thyroid patient, you ensure that you have a good relationship with a reputable, reliable pharmacy. Here are a few pointers to help ensure that you are getting the most out of your pharmacy.

How Do You Remember to Take Your Thyroid Medication: Patients Share C…
Remembering to take your thyroid medications and pills is one of the most essential things we can do as thyroid patients that will help ensure that we get the best results from treatment. But sometimes, it can be hard to remember to take medications as prescribed. What tips and tricks do you have to help you remember to take your thyroid medication?

Thyroid Hormone Replacement Drugs
When you have an underactive thyroid -- hypothyroidism -- a surgically removed thyroid, or a thyroid that has been disabled by radioactive iodine, you need thyroid hormone replacement. Drugs include the synthetic thyroid hormone levothyroxine (i.e., Synthroid, Levoxyl), as well as synthetic forms of the T3 hormone. Natural, animal-derived desiccated thyroid, such as Armour Thyroid, is also used. …

How To Take Your Thyroid Hormone Replacement Medication
Whether you take a levothyroxine drug like Synthroid, or a natural thyroid medication like Armour Thyroid, it's important that you know how to take your thyroid medication properly. Helpful information including the timing of your medication, interactions with foods, drugs and supplements are covered, as well as creative ways to remember to take your thyroid medication.

Swine Flu and Desiccated Porcine Thyroid Medication From Pigs:
Ongoing coverage of potential risks of swine flu from the natural thyroid drugs that are made from desiccated porcine thyroid -- derived from pigs -- including Armour Thyroid and Nature-Throid.

Troubleshooting Your Thyroid Hormone Replacement Drug Treatment
When thyroid hormone replacement doesn't seem to be working as well as it should, there are some factors to consider, including the possibility of overmedication, undertreatment, problems with generics drugs, or potency problems due to heat. Here are some issues to troubleshoot in your thyroid hormone replacement regimen.

Armour Thyroid / Desiccated Thyroid
Desiccated thyroid drugs have been in use for more than 100 years, and are still popular with holistic, alternative and integrative physicians as a treatment for thyroid disease. for thyroid hormone replacement, including Armour Thyroid, used as thyroid hormone replacement and to treat hypothyroidism.

Hypothyroidism Treatments
When the thyroid is underactive (hypothyroidism) due to radioactive iodine treatment or surgical removal (thyroidectomy), the key medical treatment is thyroid hormone replacement with a prescription medication.

The following is an overview of the key forms of thyroid hormone replacement.

Thyroid Drug Potency is Being Tightened: FDA Changes Specs for Levothyroxine
The FDA is narrowing the potency specifications for levothyroxine drugs like Synthroid and Levoxyl, used to treat hypothyroidism and other thyroid conditions. The move is due to concerns about the degradation of the potency over the shelf life of these drugs taken by millions of Americans.

Recuperating After Thyroid Surgery
A look at what thyroid patients can expect in the recuperation period after thyroid surgery / thyroidectomy, from thyroid patient advocate Mary Shomon.

Complications After Thyroid Surgery
This article looks at complications that can occur after thyroid sugery, including hypoparathyroidism, hypocalcemia, and laryngeal nerve damage.

Thyroid Surgery and Thyroidectomy
Thyroid patient advocate Mary Shomon takes a comprehensive look at the various facets of thyroid surgery / thyroidectomy, including the types of surgery, and what the surgery involves.

Finding a Top Thyroid Surgeon
An experienced thyroid surgeon can reduce your risk of complications, and ensure a better outcome for your health. This article looks at how to find a top thyroid surgeon to perform your thyroidectomy or other thyroid surgery.

Treatments for Thyroid Diseases and Conditions
A review of key thyroid treatments, including treatments for hypothyroidism, Hashimoto's disease, hyperthyroidism, Graves' disease, nodules, goiter, thyroiditis, thyroid storm, and thyroid cancer.

Thyroid Organizations Take On Generic Levothyroxine
A consortium of three organizations involved in thyroid treatment -- the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE), American Thyroid Association (ATA) and The Endocrine Society -- are concerned that current FDA standards for levothyroxine bioequivalence and substitution may lead to negative health effects in some patients. What do these concerns mean, and what should thyroid patients do to protect their own health?

Could You Be Overmedicated?
Thyroid hormone replacements drugs generally have few side effects, and for those who are hypothyroid due to disease, surgery or radioactive iodine, there are generally few risks to taking thyroid hormone replacement drugs -- levothyroxine drugs like Synthroid or Levoxyl, or natural desiccated thyroid drugs like Armour and Nature-throid. The...

Warning: Hot Temperatures May be Hazardous to Your Drugs
One casualty of heat waves and summer power outages that you may not realize is your prescription medication. If you take any prescription drug, you need to be aware that storage at high temperatures can quickly degrade the potency and stability of many medications. Find out how to avoid heat-related medication problems, and what to do if your medications have been affected.

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Thyroid Drugs?
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Understanding the Armour Thyroid Recall of Spring 2005: What Patients Need ...
Understanding the Armour Thyroid Recall of Spring 2005: What Patients Need to Know

Study Finds Patients Prefer Combination T4/T3 Treatment : Weight Loss ...
Research featured in the May 2005 issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism has demonstrated that hypothyroidism patients prefer a combination T4/T3 treatment to T4-only treatment. The researchers also found that combination treatment is associated with weight loss, while T4-only treatment is not. This is the largest study to date to show evidence of patient preference for T4/T3 treatment.

New Study Comparing T4 to T4/T3 Treatment Published in March 2005 Annals of ...
The results of a double-blind study crossover trial of thyroid drugs were published in the March 2005 Archives of Internal Medicine. The study, conducted in Spain, compared levothyroxine/T4 treatment for hypothyroidism, versus 2 different combinations of levothyroxine plus synthetic T3 (known as liothyronine), and concluded that T4 only is sufficient. Patient advocate Mary Shomon analyzes the study and finds flaws with its methodology and conclusions.

Warning Issued About Taking Levoxyl With Insufficient Water
U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Jones Pharma Inc. (the subsidiary of King Pharmaceuticals that makes the thyroid drug Levoxyl) have issued a warning letter to healthcare providers, indicating that there are reports of patients having choking, gagging, tablets stuck in the throat, and difficulty swallowing after when taking Levoxyl, primarily without water.

The Generics are Coming, The Generics are Coming!!! Generic Levothyroxine ...
The Generics are Coming, The Generics are Coming!!! Generic Levothyroxine Drugs -- Lower-Cost Versions of Synthroid and Levoxyl -- rom Lannett, Mylan and Sandoz Approved for Sale by FDA

Thyroid Drug Database
A complete database feauturing information on thyroid hormone replacement drugs, antithyroid drugs, manufacturers and their contact information -- including Synthroid, Thyrolar, Armour, Cytomel, Tapazole, PTU, Thyrogen, and other brands of thyroid drugs.

Thyroid Drug Websites
From Armour Thyroid to Westhroid, and all the drugs in-between, this directory links to all the manufacturer websites for thyroid hormone replacement and antithyroid drugs.

Editorial: Natural Desiccated Thyroid -- A New Day for Thyroid Patients
A look at new research, reported on at the Endocrine Society meeting in June 2013, that found that natural desiccated thyroid drugs were a safe alternative to levothyroxine in treating hypothyroidism.

10 Ways Thyroid Patients Can Feel Better
A look at 10 specific things that thyroid patients can do to feel better in the coming year, and help deal with hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism and other thyroid conditions and their resulting symptoms.

All About Thyroid Hormone Drugs
An introduction to thyroid hormone replacement, antithyroid drugs, and specific information regarding levothyroxine, liothyronine, liotrix, methimazole, and more.

T3 Drugs Improve Quality of Life!
Major groundbreaking research reported 2/11/99 in the New England Journal does complete about-face on current thyroid treatment! You CAN feel better this research shows how!

Should You Switch to Unithroid?
Unithroid was just approved last week, and is the only FDA-approved levothyroxine thyroid drug that is currently available. How did a small company like Jerome Stevens, Unithroid's manufacturer, manage to get approval for its product ahead of a giant like Synthroid? Would you feel better if you switched from an unapproved drug like Synthroid to Unithroid?

Thyroid Drug Information Source
A centralized source for the latest news on thyroid drugs and medicines.

Synthroid, Armour and Thyrolar Update
New Order Form for Armour & Thyrolar info, latest on the Synthroid lawsuit, Can you get Mad Cow disease from Armour, refrigerating Thyrolar, and more...

Living Well With Thyroid Disease -- Thyroid Drugs
This guide features a comprehensive section on various natural and synthetic thyroid drugs and their pros, cons and use.

Armour Thyroid & Thyrolar: Alternatives to Synthroid
Information about Armour Thyroid and Thyrolar, their inactive ingredients, how to contact the manufacturer for more information, and how to find a doctor willing to prescribe them.

Synthroid and other Drugs Have Stability & Potency Problems
Government finds significant stability, potency and dosage strength problems with levothyroxine drugs such as Synthroid and other brands of thyroid drugs. Find out about the potential serious health consequences you face.

Dear Dr: Why Do You Insist on Synthroid Vs. Armour?
A thyroid patient shares the eloquent letter she wrote her doctor when the doctor refused to prescribe Armour Thyroid, and instead insisted on prescribing Synthroid. A powerful letter that raises many unanswered questions!!

How To Take Your Thyroid Medication
Step-by-step guidelines on how to take your thyroid medication.

Thyroid Drugs: Food, Drug and Vitamin Supplement Interactions
How to best take your thyroid drugs, the relationship to iodine, kelp supplements, goitrogenic foods like kale and brussel sprouts, interactions with antacids, calcium, iron and much more.

Things You Should Know About Your Thyroid Hormone
Latest information thyroid patients need regarding interactions of thyroid hormone with Zoloft and other antidepressants, calcium supplements, and more.

FDA Notice regarding Problems with Levothyroxine Sodium
Full text of the FDA notice regarding potency and stability problems with Levothyroxine Sodium (Synthroid, Levoxyl, etc.).

Levothyroxine Sodium
Very detailed information on synthetic T4 (i.e., Synthroid) from RxList.

Over The Counter Medicine Association
Info on use of nonprescription medicines, from the Nonprescription Drug Manufacturers Association

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