T3 therapy for hypothyroidism is a treatment many of us have a very difficult time getting. However, new research shows that patients with hypothyroidism who were on long-term Synthroid (thyroxine T4) treatment despite not responding well saw improved outcomes after switching to combination triiodothyronine (T3) and T4 therapy, according to a researcher in Orlando. “While these patients had been on Synthroid, and while they had increased their doses, they still felt like they were miserable,” said Tariq in an interview with MedPage Today. “But with combination therapy, they did see an improvement in terms of how they were feeling: they were able to do more activities, they were able to be more active with their grandchildren, with other people, do their normal things around the house, and they felt like their mood was stable, and reported just feeling happier.”
My thought on this story is that it is very, very difficult for many who have thyroid diease is get their health care provider to even consider giving you a prescription for Armour Thyroid or any other thyroid medication that has T3 in it. My experience with the last three doctors I saw was the same: why do you want to try anything but Synthroid? Even the nurses look at you in disbelief that you would even mention that you feel better when taking Armour Thyroid instead of Synthroid! The last doctor I saw made it clear that if I didn’t feel well on my current dose of Armour, she wasn’t helping beacuse she only prescribes levothyroxine. She left the room stating “I’m sorry you don’t feel better, but come back in six months to recheck your cholesterol, we really need to look at adding a statin.” With the increasing number of studies showing adding T3 helps to ease many symptoms, why do so many health care providers refuse to help us feel better?
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Since we are on the subject to synthetic thyroid hormones, many doctors will also tell you there are no side effects: