Thyroid Medications are in the news this week. Here’s the question: is one medication better than another?
I guess that depends on who you ask. Here’s one doctor’s view of Armour Thyroid:
Just like there are short people and tall people and plump people and thin people, there are differences between pigs. Every pig’s thyroid isn’t the same. The thyroid hormone content of dessicated pig thyroid powder, researchers discovered about 50 years ago, can vary by more than 15 percent from sample to sample.
This means that the effects of Armour Thyroid are somewhat unpredictable, while the effects of Synthroid are much more reliable.
O.K. Here’s my view: If you are taking Synthroid and your symptoms are not controlled, it doesn’t matter how reliable it is. I, for one, want my symptoms under control. I am one many who doesn’t feel well on Synthroid. So, I put reliable after symptom control because if I’m bitchy, tired, fat and depressed everyone’s life is hell. Personally, I have not had any problems with Armour Thyroid, but some have. My advice: try a different medication. We are all different so not all medications will work the same for all.
Here’s the full article:
Now for the next story on thyroid medications: I am so happy that this doctor realizes not everyone feels well on Synthroid. I am also impressed with the comment about having documentation to support patient complaints about their symptoms not being controlled. So glad we are moving past the “crazy woman theory.”
Despite having normal blood levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), many patients treated for hypothyroidism with levothyroxine (L-T4) continue to have symptoms, including fatigue as well as a higher body mass index (BMI) and a greater likelihood of antidepressant and beta-blocker use, compared with healthy controls, according to new research.
“Patients have told us this for years — they complain of having a hard time losing weight and feeling sluggish and depressed,” senior author Antonio C Bianco, MD, professor of medicine at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, told Medscape Medical News.
“Now, for the first time, we have documentation that supports the patients’ complaints, demonstrating that…[this] was not only in their minds, as some have suggested,” said Dr Bianco.
Read about the research here:
Here are two more articles on how synthetic medication doesn’t work for everyone. Here’s hoping the doctors are listening!