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Dessicated Thyroid

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 08, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Has anyone taken dessicated thyroid for minor thyroid issues? And your results?

Thanks!

EDIT: Started taking dessicated thyroid on 12June11. Will update with results.

EDIT:* 22June11, have taken dessicated thyroid every day for ten days. I've noticed more balance in my energy levels and focus, and I have been able to fall asleep a little faster

EDIT: 20July11, have taken dessicated thyroid every day for over a month. I start taking it in the morning and evening. I fell off the wagon for a bit (as far as diet) and didn't notice the weight/water gain/retention I normally would have seen. My thinning hair also doesn't seem as thin (also supplementing Saw Palmetto). So far, so good!

EDIT: 05Aug11, still taking one pill in the mornings and evenings. No change at the moment.

D5cde8031564f905260ce9aa7a1f5e2c

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on March 01, 2013
at 12:16 AM

Re: calcium and thyroid, I believe it's only calcium carbonate that interacts with thyroid absorption (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2293315/). Dairy contains calcium phosphate and should be fine with thyroid meds.

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on August 05, 2011
at 04:01 PM

@grenadine- this is purely based of self diagnosis and experimentation. My mother and grandmother suffered from hypothyroidism. @Jack Kronk- No problem!! Thanks for keeping up!

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on August 05, 2011
at 03:51 PM

Yes thanks for the updates Ben.

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on August 05, 2011
at 03:51 PM

upvoted before, thanks for updating! were you diagnosed with hypothyroid? and is it a prescription you are taking? or something you obtained for experimentation?

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on July 21, 2011
at 09:27 PM

Thanks for the updates!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 14, 2011
at 03:57 PM

Yes, I asked him if he prescribes desiccated thyroid and he said he does. Unusual for sure!

957a563c7e4a165663fd3c71207c39da

on June 13, 2011
at 09:05 AM

Will the endo prescribe dessicated thyroid though? Not many do. Surprised that the endo said they will go by your symptoms more so than labs...normally they just look at your numbers.

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on June 08, 2011
at 04:15 PM

I get them from Amazon.com (I have a free Prime account until July) and I get the Natural Sources brand of adrenal, which is just adrenal glands, and the thyroid is a "synergistic complex" with thyroid, adrenal, spleen, thymus and kelp. They also have one by "Ulta Enterprises" which is just thyroid which I also take sometimes. For pituitary, I've been buying Swanson. Read all the comments at Amazon - I found those to be most helpful since it's the experiences of real people taking these things. I was afraid to try them at first, but I didn't see any neg reactions from other people.

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on June 08, 2011
at 03:27 PM

Which kind(s) do you take and where do you get them from? Thanks!

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E7be2ce38158357f5dacae07b43d1b29

on June 08, 2011
at 03:21 PM

I have, and for a while, I was looking thinner in my midsection, but I otherwise wasn't sure if it was helping. I stopped taking them and my midsection looks big again (I know, leptin would be the typical answer, but I'm not hungry all the time and really don't eat all that much) so I just actually started back on them today. It's my understanding that it's better to take them without food for two hours (like Armor).

I also take dessicated pituitary and adrenal glands. I'm a lifeless lump without them!

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(12379)

on June 08, 2011
at 03:27 PM

Which kind(s) do you take and where do you get them from? Thanks!

E7be2ce38158357f5dacae07b43d1b29

on June 08, 2011
at 04:15 PM

I get them from Amazon.com (I have a free Prime account until July) and I get the Natural Sources brand of adrenal, which is just adrenal glands, and the thyroid is a "synergistic complex" with thyroid, adrenal, spleen, thymus and kelp. They also have one by "Ulta Enterprises" which is just thyroid which I also take sometimes. For pituitary, I've been buying Swanson. Read all the comments at Amazon - I found those to be most helpful since it's the experiences of real people taking these things. I was afraid to try them at first, but I didn't see any neg reactions from other people.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 13, 2011
at 05:24 AM

I've been on synthetic T4 only (Eltroxin) for years and have never felt completely well even though lab tests indicated I was "fine". Despite my asking various doctors over the years to try alernate meds it has taken me until this month to find a doctor willing to prescribe desiccated thyroid.

Just after I got my prescription (June 7th) I saw an endocronologist who indicated that even though he would be doing lab tests, how I feel will override the lab results. I should probably go buy a lottery ticket!

In the past few days my body temperature has been rising to nearly normal (it was low before) and I am a bit more energetic as well.

957a563c7e4a165663fd3c71207c39da

on June 13, 2011
at 09:05 AM

Will the endo prescribe dessicated thyroid though? Not many do. Surprised that the endo said they will go by your symptoms more so than labs...normally they just look at your numbers.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 14, 2011
at 03:57 PM

Yes, I asked him if he prescribes desiccated thyroid and he said he does. Unusual for sure!

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Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on June 08, 2011
at 04:50 PM

I'm exploring this myself. I've wondered about thyroid for years but my standard test was always 'normal'. Now I have a large cyst (benign) on one side. My endocrinologist has mentioned 'surgery' and I'm not too thrilled at that so I'm exploring other options.

The first thing I did was do additional labwork, and paid for it out-of-pocket (which means I only got the most basic) and they show hypothyroidism pretty clearly.

I highly recommend those additional tests - you can get lab and discount info through the forum for Stop the Thyroid Madness (a book - I don't have it) if your MD won't help you. If you take them before you start dessicated thyroid (or during a break) they'll give you a benchmark and a clue on which way to go. You can also get adrenal and ferritin tests (anemia is commonly associated with thyroid issues, and is for me)

Anyway I also bought the same Natural Sources brand btw, and figure they can't hurt.

One thing: don't take them with milk or calcium fortified juices: the thyroid hormone binds to the calcium and isn't available for the body. And don't overdo the iodine if you're taking extra (the Natural Sources brand already contains some as well).

D5cde8031564f905260ce9aa7a1f5e2c

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on March 01, 2013
at 12:16 AM

Re: calcium and thyroid, I believe it's only calcium carbonate that interacts with thyroid absorption (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2293315/). Dairy contains calcium phosphate and should be fine with thyroid meds.

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957a563c7e4a165663fd3c71207c39da

on June 13, 2011
at 09:07 AM

A good forum to get some more info is at realthyroidhelp.com

People with all sorts of thyroid problems (every kind you can imagine) are on the forum and are often more knowledgable than doctors.

Unfortunately, a lot of people who used Armour (the biggest dessicated thyroid brand) were doing really well until the company changed the formula and screwed everyone up. I think the formula has only just been changed back, but it has caused people huge issues and a lot of trial and error to find another decent brand that works for them.

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on July 20, 2011
at 10:24 PM

I take Nature-Throid (also known as Westhroid and Thyroid in Canada) which is a great dessicated porcine alternative to Armour since the change in formulation. I actually do much better on it than I did even before Armour changed their formulation. I feel great and everything has improved substantially (energy, mood, skin) except for my thinned out hair and my weight (it is still tough to lose weight) since starting it a few years back.

As for endocrinologists that prescribe dessicated thyroid - I think it's becoming easier to obtain it as more and more people have success on them. It certainly doesn't hurt to ask around before you commit to a doctor. There's a pretty good list of endocrinologists who definitely do if you go to thyroid-info.com

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