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About Armour™ Thyroid
Armour™ Thyroid—A natural replacement for thyroid hormone When a thyroid is either underactive, nonfunctioning, or has been al or partly surgical y removed, you may be hypothyroid. The diagnosis is made by your physician. The traditional treatment for hypothyroidism is thyroid hormone replacement, which involves taking a prescription drug (T4, T3, or a combination product containing both T4 and T3) that acts similarly in the body to the human hormone thyroxine that the thyroid would normal y produce. Armour™ Thyroid, one of several drugs available for the treatment of hypothyroidism, is a natural y derived thyroid replacement containing both T which contain synthetic T4 and/or synthetic T3. What is the function of thyroid hormones?
Thyroid hormones affect the function of virtual y every organ system. There are two major thyroid hormones secreted from the thyroid gland: thyroxine(T4) and L-tri odothyronine (T3). T4 is secreted solely from the body's thyroid gland, and the majority of T3 is converted outside of the thyroid gland from the inactive T4 to the more potent T3. Thyroid hormones affect the body's use of vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates, fats, electrolytes, and water, and regulate the body's immune response. They can also alter the actions of other Treatment
How Armour™ Thyroid Differs From Synthetic Thyroid Hormone Replacements
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that is located on your neck, in front of your windpipe. The role of the thyroid gland is to produce thyroid hormones, including the two key hormones levothyroxine (T4) and L-tri odothyronine (T3). Each thyroid hormone contains iodine; the "3" and the "4" refer to the number of iodine molecules in each thyroid hormone molecule. These two hormones influence the body's metabolism as wel as the function of many organs. T3 is the more biological y active hormone, and it is thought to be the hormone that functions at the cel ular level. Levothyroxine (T4) is converted to L-tri odothyronine (T3) in the body. Levothyroxine products such as Synthroid® contain a synthetic version of only the T4 hormone; levothyroxine tablets directly replenish the T4 that the thyroid gland fails to sufficiently produce and rely on the ability of the blood to convert it to T3. Armour™ Thyroid is a natural, porcine-derived thyroid replacement containing both T4 and T3. 1 In this way, it supplements both the T4 and the T3. When a thyroid is either underactive, nonfunctioning, or has been al or partly surgical y removed, you may be hypothyroid. The diagnosis is made by your physician. Possible Side Effects
Since Armour™ Thyroid is made to replace thyroid hormones, the most common side effects general y mimic an underactive or overactive thyroid (hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, respectively). Adverse reactions other than those indicative of hyperthyroidism, either initial y or If you experience chest pain, increased pulse rate, palpitations, excessive sweating, heat
intolerance, or nervousness, please consult your doctor immediately; your dose may need to
Converting to Armour Thyroid
The basic "rule of thumb" in converting thyroid doses is that 100 mcg of T4 is roughly equivalent to 25 mcg of T3, or 1 grain (60 mg) of desiccated thyroid (Armour™ Thyroid), or liotrix-1 (Thyrolar™ – Please refer to the table below for approximate equivalent strengths of various thyroid preparations, based on clinical responses as taken from the USP-DI.1,2 1,2 Thyroid Tablets, USP Liotrix Tablets,
Levothyroxine Tablets, USP
(Armour™ Thyroid)
Tablets, USP
(Unithroid® c, Levoxyl® d, Levothroid® e,
Synthroid® f)

Note: Please keep in mind that dose adjustments may be required. Thyroid dosing is highly
specific and wil need to be individualized by your doctor or other healthcare professional to
achieve maximum benefit and optimal patient health. How and when should I take my Armour™ Thyroid?
Armour Thyroid should be taken as your doctor or other healthcare professional prescribes. Typical y, treatment consists of a specific dose taken daily, usual y once in the morning. If you forget to take a dose of your thyroid hormone medication, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you forgot and continue with your regular schedule; do not take a double dose. Cal your doctor or other healthcare professional if you miss Again, for best results, it’s very important to fol ow your doctor or other healthcare professional’s guidance regarding how and when to take your thyroid medication.
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