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Armour Thyroid

What is Armour Thyroid?

thyroid checkArmour Thyroid is a medication used to treat hypothyroidism. The Thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located on the windpipe which produces several different hormones.

The hormones the Thyroid produces have an influence on metabolism, growth, development, body temperature, and the brain development of infants and children.

When the body does not produce these hormones, or produces a low quantity of these hormones, it is called hypothyroidism.


Benefits of Armour Thyroid

Armour Thyroid can be used as a hormone replacement therapy in many different situations including ordinary hypothyroidism, atrophy of the thyroid gland, and partial or total loss of the thyroid gland.

Armour Thyroid can also be used as a pituitary TSH (Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone) suppressant in the treatment or management of certain diseases including prevention of types of goiters, Hashimoto’s disease, and the management of Thyroid cancer.

Taking Armour Thyroid to combat your hypothyroidism may improve your quality of life. Relieving the symptoms of hypothyroidism leads to improved energy level and metabolism, which can help you to achieve weight-loss. You may begin to feel better which will put you in a better mood. Unhealthy levels of triglycerides and cholesterol may begin to lower. If given to a child with hypothyroidism, their growth and development may return to normal since it may have been stunted during the hypothyroidism.

Armour thyroid is the hypothyroidism medication of choice for people who are looking for a natural alternative instead of taking synthetic medications as it is derived from porcine thyroid glands. It also contains both the T3 and T4 Thyroid hormones as opposed to levothyroxine sodium medications (Synthroid, Levothroid, Levoxyl, Euthyrox) which only contain T3. There have also been studies done which feature Armour Thyroid outshining its competition. In an article titled “NEJM Study Proves Armour Thyroid Better Than Synthroid” published in 2008 by the New England Journal of Medicine, the writer starts that “Patients with hypothyroidism show greater improvements in mood and brain function if they receive Armour Thyroid rather than Synthroid”. In fact, the article went on to state that “No score was better after Synthroid”.


Side Effects of Armour Thyroid

Always consult your doctor before taking any medicine. If you are thinking about taking Armour Thyroid be sure to mention any medical conditions which may affect your use of Armour Thyroid.

Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant. Give a list of your current medications and supplements and inform the doctor of any allergies you have. Heart problems, diabetes, and any condition which affects your body’s ability to absorb nutrients should also be talked about with your doctor. Medicines such as anticoagulants (Blood Thinners), estrogen, birth control pills, thioamines, and diabetes medications.

Classification

  • Thyroid Hormone – Chemical substances made by the thyroid gland, which is located in the front of the neck.

Availability

  • Tablet

Administration

  • Thyroid medication should be taken on an empty stomach once a day.

Therapeutic Effects

  • Thyroid Hormone Replacement – medication used to treat hypothyroidism.
  • Promotes a generalized increase in metabolic rate of body tissues.

Indications

  • Replacement or substitution therapy in primary hypothyroidism.

Contraindications

  • Thyrotoxicosis – An excess of thyroid hormones in the blood, causing a variety of symptoms that include rapid heartbeat, sweating, anxiety, and tremor.
  • Acute Myocardial Infaraction – Heart attack, not associated with hypothyroidism, or cardiovascular disease.
  • Nephrosis – any degenerative disease of the kidney tubules, the tiny canals that make up much of the substance of the kidney.

Cautious Use

  • Angina Pectoris – chest pain due to an inadequate supply of oxygen to the heart muscle.
  • Hypertension
  • Older adults who may have occult cardiac disease.
  • Renal insufficiency
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • History of hyperthyroidism
  • Malabsorption states – the inability to absorb certain sugars, fats, proteins, or vitamins from food.

Patient Education

  • Be aware that replacement therapy for hypothyroidism is life-long; Continued follow-up care is important.
  • Monitor pulse rate and report increases greater than parameter set by prescriber.
  • Use monthly height and weight measurement to monitor growth in juvenile undergoing
  • Immediately report the following
  • Chest pain
  • Unexplained bleeding to prescriber when taking concomitant anticoagulant – used to prevent blood clots.
  • Dyspnea – difficult or labored breathing.
  • Tachycardia – rapid heartbeat.
  • Changes in appetite
  • Changes in menstrual periods
  • Severe allergic reactions
  • Excessive sweating
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Unusual weakness

Side Effects 

Endocrine – These effects are to the hormone secreting glands within the body.

  • Hyperthyroidism – is a condition in which your thyroid gland produces too much of the hormone thyroxine.
  • Thyroid storm – high temperature ( as high as 106 F)
  • Tachycardia
  • Vomiting
  • Shock
  • Coma

Cardiovascular – These effects pertain to the heart and circulation.

  • Angina
  • Cardiac arrhythmias
  • Heart palpitation
  • Tachycardia
  • Congestive heart failure

Body – These effects can appear anywhere in the body.

  • Weight loss
  • Tremors
  • Fever
  • Warm and moist skin
  • Heat intolerance
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Changes in appetite
  • Headache
  • Nervousness
  • Insomnia
  • Leg cramps
  • Shock

Gastrointestinal – These effects are found in the digestive tract which begins at the mouth, goes through the stomach, and ends with the intestines and rectum.

  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramps

Metabolic – Based on metabolism

  • Hyperglycemia – High blood sugar