Which Is The Best Thyroid Drug For Hypothyroidism?

Which is the best thyroid drug for hypothyroidism

The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little.

-Thomas Merton

Many Hypothyroid Mom readers ask which thyroid drug is best. My answer is always the same, “I wish there was one thyroid drug that worked for all of us but the reality is that we each react differently to the different medications. We must work closely with our doctor to investigate which treatment is ideal for us and what dosage is optimal.” The key is that you must know all the treatment options to ensure your doctor is exploring the options to find what’s right for you. If you are being treated with thyroid hormone replacement medication but you still don’t feel well, insist on further exploration. If you are still not feeling well, get a second opinion, a third opinion, even ten medical opinions until you find a doctor that explores the options to find what’s right for YOU.

Don’t settle.

Thyroid Drug Options

T4 Drugs

Author of the book Living Well with Hypothyroidism: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You…That You Need to Know Mary Shomon shared the following information:

Levothyroxine is the generic name for the synthetic form of thyroxine, a thyroid hormone replacement drug. This drug contains the synthetic form of one thyroid hormone, T4. Levothyroxine is the most commonly prescribed thyroid hormone replacement drug.

Brand names in the U.S: Synthroid, Levothroid, Levoxyl, Unithroid

Brand names in Canada: Synthroid, Eltroxin, and PMS-Levothyroxine

Brand names outside U.S.: Euthyrox, Thyroxine, Berlthyrox, Droxine, Eferox, Elthyrone, Eltroxin, Eutirox, Letrox, Levaxin, Levotirox, Levothyrox, Levotiroxina, Oroxine, T4KP, Thevier, Throxinique, Thyradin, Thyradin S, Thyrax, Thyrax Duotab, Thyrex, Thyro-4, Thyrosit, Thyroxin, Thyroxin-Natrium, Tiroidine

Mary also included an article on a thyroid medication called Tirosint. The levothyroxine in Tirosint is in a liquid form inside a capsule.

T3 Drugs

There are synthetic T3 drugs like Cytomel. Through a compounding pharmacy, there are also prescription compounded T3 drugs including time-released T3.

Natural Desiccated Thyroid

Brands include Armour made by Allergan (formerly Forest Laboratories), Nature-throid and Westhroid by RLC Labs, and NP Thyroid by Acella Pharmaceuticals. Canada’s desiccated thyroid made by the company Erfa is called simply Thyroid. There are also compounding pharmacies worldwide that produce compounded versions using the raw natural desiccated thyroid powder.

Find The Right Thyroid Treatment For YOU

We are each unique with individual sensitivities. Our bodies will NOT all react the same to these different medications. The dosages that are ideal for each of us will also vary. Our uniqueness is what makes finding the right thyroid treatment tricky.

Thyroid hormone replacement drugs are powerful, so powerful they can kill you if not taken properly. This is why it is critical to be under careful medical supervision when on these drugs, especially careful when starting a new brand or increasing dosage level. Call your doctor immediately if you experience adverse reactions.

1. Sensitivities to the fillers used in the medications

Author of the book Your Personal Paleo Code: The 3-Step Plan to Lose Weight, Reverse Disease, and Stay Fit and Healthy for Life Chris Kresser wrote:

Many popular thyroid medications contain common allergens such as cornstarch, lactose and even gluten. As I explained in a previous post, most hypothyroid patients have sensitivities to gluten, and many of them also react to corn and dairy (which contains lactose).

Synthroid, which is one of the most popular medications prescribed for hypothyroidism, has both cornstarch and lactose as a filler.

Even the natural porcine products like Armour suffer from issues with fillers. In 2008, the manufacturers of Armour reformulated the product, reducing the amount of dextrose & increasing the amount of methylcellulose in the filler. This may explain the explosion of reports by patients on internet forums and in doctor’s offices that the new form of Armour was either “miraculous” or “horrible”. Those that had sensitivities to dextrose were reacting less to the new form, and experiencing better results, while those that had sensitivities to methylcellulose were reacting more, and experiencing worse results.

Thyroid Pharmacist Dr. Izabella Wentz, author of the book Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause wrote:

Compounded T4/T3 products offer another alternative. These medications also offer the advantage of being made without fillers such as lactose or gluten, which are present in some thyroid medications and can be problematic for thyroid patients.

However compounded T4/T3 products need to be prepared by a specially trained compounding pharmacist. These compounds are usually much more expensive and may need to be refrigerated to preserve activity.

Thyroid compounds are usually prepared in the same physiological ratio that is found in Armour®, however, physicians can elect to change the amount of T3/T4, as the compounding pharmacists are literally making the medications from scratch. This can be a huge advantage for those patients that did not feel well on conventional treatments or natural desiccated treatments.

2. A gentle start to dosing

My doctor increased my thyroid drug dosage gradually in an incremental fashion until she found the dose that was optimal for me. She adjusted my dosages by regularly monitoring my Free T4, Free T3, Reverse T3 and thyroid antibodies and most importantly by listening to my symptoms. I contrast that with the stories I hear from readers of their adverse reactions to their doctor’s  prescription for sudden large dosage increases and medication brand switches at high doses. T3 drugs such as Cytomel and natural desiccated thyroid have active T3 in them which for some people can be stimulating for the heart and cause heart palpitations. It is critical to have a gentle start.

In the book Thyroid Power: Ten Steps to Total Health, Richard Shames and Karilee Halo Shames wrote:

Some people do not want to take the time to start with a mild dose, adjusting to their medication gradually. However, we have found that the slow, step-by-step method of reaching your optimal dose is more easily tolerated by the body than the “sock it to me” approach so characteristic of our fast-paced culture.

3. The need for T3 treatment

In mainstream medicine, T4 drugs like Synthroid are the gold standard for treatment of hypothyroidism. While these drugs work for some, for many of us these drugs fail to relieve our symptoms. Our bodies need to convert the T4 in these drugs to the active useable thyroid hormone T3. However for many hypothyroidism sufferers, our bodies don’t convert the T4 to T3 and we are left suffering symptoms. If you are on T4 only drugs and you are still not feeling well, speak with your doctor about testing your Free T3 levels to determine if you would benefit from T3 medication.

Many of us report feeling our best on natural desiccated thyroid. However others report not reacting well to NDTs and responding better to synthetic T4 and T3 drugs. Even with natural desiccated thyroid, many of us feel great on one brand but terrible on another. Again we are each unique and it’s about finding what works best for you.

4. Finding your optimal thyroid levels

Many hypothyroidism sufferers are not feeling well despite treatment because their lab results are in the “normal” range but not at the optimal level for them.

If you are being treated with thyroid hormone replacement medication but you still don’t feel well, insist on further exploration. If you are still not feeling well, get a second opinion, a third opinion, even ten medical opinions until you find a doctor that explores the options to find what’s right for YOU – 30 online resources to find a good thyroid doctor.

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About Dana Trentini

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  1. Crissie russell says:

    well I gotta say after reading alot of the stories here . It makes me feel a lil better knowing I am not crazy !! I was diagnosed with hashimotos last year and it has literally been a nightmare for me . Dealing with all the symptoms and insomnia as well as brain fog and anxiety (ugh) . I have now been on lethroyxin for a year now with no relief . I feel as if my life isn’t my own anymore . And when I have my levels checked it always shows normal range . It’s so fustrating to say the least . So have finally decided to see a endocrinologist and see if I can finally see some relief !! Thanks for sharing all your stories made me feel a lil better ! 😉

  2. Well I just have to say I am angry. I know I should be glad websites like yours exist, but hours of pouring through obscure handfisted testimonials based on anecdotal nonsense and little reward leaves me feeling so discouraged. A multitude of you making these kneejerk reactions to new medicine when it can take a few months to adjust to a new medication or change in dosage; proclaiming this and that after a few weeks. People experimenting with their own disages; what the heck is wrong with our world where the sick are left with no answers? And it’s not that Sarah Ballantyne or Terry Wahls aren’t knowledgeable, it’s that neither of them was educated specifically for the areas of healing that they practice; they too had to figure it out for themselves. And I will tell you this: they don’t have all the answers, and some of what they have to say is wrong. And a large part of the natural healing method is an industry like any other. And after how crappy I still feel, I still choose to trust my medical doctor because he listens to me and is not afraid to try new things. But I have tried ketogenic, paleo AIP, and I still feel just as crappy as the day I started it and it has been months. And all of you talking about how badly you feel breaks my heart, because being human is hard enough without being able to be whole. And my kids need me to be well and I feel like there is no possible way I can raise them to adulthood. And my mood swings and anxiety have alienated me from meaningful relationships. Nobody understands what we are going through and that is the hardest part of all.

  3. Solete E Dukes says:

    I believe they should do more study on these thyroid medication . i beleive they discriminate on who they want well and feeling good.ive been through this horriable experience to. I dont understand these doctors anymore. Please post some great endocrine doctors in memphis.tn please they want help us well enough they make us feel bd about ourselve living with the disease.i also beleive they causes abnormal growth too. Please help give recommendation and advice.also i would like to add be careful because hate crimes on rise and they dont want to help us.

    • “. i beleive they discriminate on who they want well and feeling good” this is the kind of stuff my mom used to say. She didn’t believe people had good intentions in general. She died two years ago from lung cancer after a lifetime of smoking. She believed the government was lying to us. It is, but she preferred to throw the baby out with the bathwater I guess. I am not saying you are irrational like that, but these negative statements that some “they” have ill intentions, both useless and possibly damaging to the rest of us. You most importantly, need to check your negative and paranoid thoughts for your own wellbeing and trust the intention of doctors, even if you question their comptetency.

  4. Lisa P says:

    I have hashimotos and finally ditched the endocrinologist after years of synthroid meds that weren’t helping me at all. Anxiety issues, heart palps and extreme fatigue were ruining my quality of life. My doctor just kept doing bloodwork and increasing my dosage of synthroid and nothing helped!

    Someone told me about a doctor who prescribes Armor thyroid. After alot of bloodwork, it was determined that I have a T4 conversion issue. 18 days on Armor has been life changing for me. It was also suggested I go to a gluten free diet to reduce inflammation along with turmeric daily and a regimen of vitamins.

    My suggestion to anyone who feels like their doctor isn’t listening, fire them and find another one. Keep fighting till you feel better.

    My hair isn’t falling out anymore and I feel more like my old self again. There is hope for this awful disease. Blessings to all.

    • Danielle says:

      Lisa, I just found out I have Hashimoto’s after 25 years of the classic symptoms.. I took Synthroid, Levoxyl, others for 15 yrs and the last 10 years on Armour and Erfa from Canada Now I’m taking Erfa 120mg a day and 1Cytomel 5MCG a day. I split the Erfa AM/PM. I am still exhausted with insomnia and very low energy. I am going to a clinic in Houston because I can’t find a doctor who will prescribe desiccated Thyroid in my city. Even with all the trials of medications I’m still not feeling well and my hair is till falling out. I’m very happy you found the right dosage and are feeling better. Maybe one day I can say the same.

  5. Hi,

    I live in Africa and I had a partial thyroidectomy in 2012 and was put on a standard dose of 100mg levothyroxine for life until someone mentioned I see an endo in 2013. I located one of about just 5 endo’s available in the country and started seeing him regularly. He adjusted my meds while checking T4 regularly till he settled on 75mg daily. I haven’t felt well on this dose and have gained a lot of weight. My cholesterol and blood sugar levels have shot up. Read about natural dessicated thyroid and asked my endo about it a number of times but he insisted the only treatment available is thyroxin. have tried to find any of the natural thyroid meds but haven’t been lucky in this side of the world. Any help or suggestions

  6. Nita Helgeson says:

    I can relate to so many people who have shared their thyroid issues here. I married in my early 20’s and did office work until my first child was born. When she was 3-months old I was diagnosed with Sarcoidosis, an autoimmune disease. My doctor put me on Prednisone for an entire year. During that year I regained my energy and enthusiasm for life. After I was weaned off the Prednisone I woke in the middle of the night unable to breathe properly, coughing and wheezing. My Dr. said I had asthma and prescribed an inhaler which I still use. Time went by and I gave birth to 2 more babies within 4years. During my 3rd pregnancy my husband’s job kept him away from home 3-4, and sometimes more, days per week. I was totally stressed out trying to raise a 4 and 2 year old, take care of the house, etc, while very big with child. I thought at times that I was losing my mind. After my baby was born I felt much better and was able to cope, most of the time. By the time the baby was 3 years old I had started back to school. I was so exhausted all the time, which led to emotionally draining days. I went to the campus doctor. He said it felt like I had a goiter, but other than that he found nothing wrong. I continued with school & home life, but still felt awful. A friend came to visit with her mother who asked if I was okay. I told her my symptoms and she told me that I probably had thyroid disease. Apparently the same thing had happened to her. I found a female doctor who only treated women. She prescribed Synthroid, changing the dosage until I felt good again. I thought I was cured until the symptoms returned a few years later. We moved away by then and I had to find another doctor. I haven’t felt right for many years. Finally I found someone who would prescribe Armour Thyroid. Unfortunately, the wide range scale that she adhered to kept me from getting the dosage I needed.
    I am now 65 years old and still not having much luck convincing doctors to prescribe the amount of medication that I need. I have a new Endocrinologist now who is very good. He’s taking things slowly, but I am encouraged that he will be able to help me. I’m in the testing phase and he has no problem with me using Armour Thyroid. I’m keeping my fingers crossed. He is the first Dr to tell me that I have Hashimoto’s Disease. I also have Multiple Sclerosis, another autoimmune disease. Hang in there. It all comes down to finding a true medical professional who will work with you so you can get what you need to feel your best. I’m hoping that my time has finally come.

    • Coleen Page says:

      I wish you much luck.I am also hashimoto/autoimmune disease,been 4 years and still trying to get it right.My doctor I have now has changed my meds 3 times in 3. Weeks.Seems there oughta be more research on this disease since it’s so hard to get the right meds.Wake up world!!Hypothyroidism is more serious than most people realize.It affects so many things.Lets pray for better research for the future.I’d hate for my grandchild to have to go through this or anyone for that matter.

  7. Coleen Page says:

    I had been on synthroid 100mg for the past 4 years prescribed by my family doctor. I was lifeless,never doing anything with no quality of life.After begging for two years he finally sent me to an endocrinologist. I thought for sure I would now get some help.She changed me to thyroid (pork)/armoire 60mg But after four days I felt I was dying literally dying.Then she put me back on synthroid 120mgs. I’m sleeping 16 hours a day and am still waking up exhausted,heavy sweating,mostly my head,losing my hair,gained 60 pounds in a year.It takes me days to force myself to even shower.When I am up I just sit here feeling tired,lost and alone.hopeless,feeling like I may as well crawl in a coffin an pull the lid closed. I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.Please someone help me!!!

    • Coleen Page says:

      My doctor has agreed to change meds to tirosint.Now jumping through hoops to get my insurance on board.Praying for help. I’m sleeping my life away!

  8. I feel for all of you! I was just diagnosed with hypothyroidism less than six months ago. I really don’t like it at all. This was the last thing in a string of health issues that have come knocking on my door. A few years back I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. That, in and of itself was enough to throw me over the edge. That came amid trying to recover from an eating disorder that has haunted me for quite some time. My doc said having an eating disorder and diabetes together in the same room is not a very fun combination. Uhmm, yeah, I know! Then came the thyroid and an unexplained weight gain of 20 pounds! Tell me how that is suppose to help a recovering anorexic?! No amount of exercise or “dieting” helps take the weight off. I don’t want to be what I was while in the midst of my eating disorder, but I would like to be at my appropriate restoration weight. My doc put me on Thyroxin (I believe that’s what it’s called). He just raised the dose a week ago. I don’t know if he’s aware of the T3/T4 thing, but I am going to ask him. I’ve had others mention it to me as well, so there must be something to it. It’s nice to know others “get” what I’m experiencing. People who haven’t lived it, don’t understand it.



  9. I switched doctors a few years ago because he said my unexplained weight gain was from getting older. My new family doctor researched the T3/T4 issues mentioned in the article and put me on a low dose of Synthroid AND Armour. It has made a huge difference in my life. I fired my endocrinologist who said I only needed one med. This past year I added turmeric and ginger to my diet and I started a ketogenic lifestyle. I dropped 25 pounds, have more energy, & no more joint aches! We definitely have to self advocate and keep searching for a doctor who listens. The medical practices on treating hypothyroidism are changing (slowly) because of our stories.

    • This is wonderful Gwen. Finding the right thyroid medication and dosage is literally life changing. It’s sad really how few doctors are open to including T3 medications like natural desiccated thyroid. This would explain why there are so many people following me at Hypothyroid Mom. I have not yet tried the ketogenic diet but I plan to. I hear from many actually just another person today that swears by ketogenic. I’ll have to give it a try.
      Dana Trentini (aka Hypothyroid Mom)

  10. Yes I ‘m on thyroxine been on these for years, I’m always tired, I also have sleep apnea to and Fiberomyalgia I feel so exhausted and have no energy the more activities I do the more tired I be come so I need to rest my body. I’m going to see a neurologist about my chronic fatigued and Fiberomyalgia and high blood pressure. My body is always in pain exhausted and have no energy to do anything at all. Hoping these neurologist will help me as my life a struggle.

    • I have the same things as you do. Life is tough with this combination of illnesses..But it is comforting to hear that someone else also understands the concept that the more I do the more tired I get. My family is always telling me to exercise more and be more active- they can’t wrap their minds around the fact that when I exercise I end up paying for it for days, being too exhausted to even shower or to put make up on. I’ve spent the last 20 years trying to find answers, but to no avail. I would give everything just to have even 1/3 of my old self back. Its true what they say about if you don’t have your health you really don’t have much. Life this way is a constant letting go of your hopes and dreams and loosing people that you love….Please let me know if you find anything that hepls.

      • Have you had your adrenal glands checked. DHEA is a prescription in Canada but over the counter in USA. I saw Adrenal Support sold in a drug store over the counter. It made a different for me.

    • I have the same things as you do. Life is tough with this combination of illnesses..But it is comforting to hear that someone else also understands the concept that the more I do the more tired I get. My family is always telling me to exercise more and be more active- they can’t wrap their minds around the fact that when I exercise I end up paying for it for days, being too exhausted to even shower or to put make up on. I’ve spent the last 20 years trying to find answers, but to no avail. I would give everything just to have even 1/3 of my old self back. Its true what they say about if you don’t have your health you really don’t have much. Life this way is a constant letting go of your hopes and dreams and loosing people that you love….Please let me know if you find anything that helps.

      • rachel manuel says:

        Unfortunately I feel the same way u do. But I don’t have the skills to Exspress my self. Thank u for putting it in writing that is read able.
        But god I wish I had some positive things to say. But I don’t and I hate saying your misserery makes me feel better to know that I’m not alone. I can’t even stay awake long enough to replay💤💤💤

  11. Debbie Beaumont says:

    I take nature throid.? The past month I’ve had diarrhea
    Does anyone no what can cause this. And I saw they had
    A recall on Synthroid.but iam not shure on nature throid
    I no there’s a back order on the 90 ml pills

    • SunnySky says:

      Oh my goodness! Maybe this is why! Same problem… and I’ve been using NT, too, after having to switch from WP to NT due to RLC Labs production move and issues. 🙁

      I don’t want to be on Armour! Costs more and the fillers, too. Ack!!

  12. Hello. I am going to take a chance that my email will not be sold or other wise used inappropriately. I have many health issues, the most major of which is being stuck in a V.A. world of pharmaceutical drug pushing.
    I am a Type 1 IDDM male, and have been since 1983 when being a missile launch crew member caused my pancreas to shut down. I will forgo the nightmarish treatments, or lack thereof or any semblance of what I read as normal health care. For instance, since 1983, I have only been allowed to see two endocrinologists.
    One of the many health issues I face now is that of a thyroid that teeters, causing in my opinion, uncontrolled weight gains, creating such an ugly and awful feeling of my entire body daily, as well as the psychological issues of depression and such.
    I have been on synthroid for the past 10 years or so that have been slightly increased as of late. However, in reading just this article now, I am learning there are many other issues and possible medicinal assistances available. Yes, I have educated myself throughout the years about all the complications surrounding this death sentence I received when my pancreas shut-down, but put way too much faith in V.A. primary care physicians.

    I say this because the V.A., in my opinion, does not go to extra lengths to assist patience and only do what was taught in medical school as a standard of treatment, “catch-all” medicine as I call it.

    I am not a cookie and do not live on a cookie sheet. I am not a number to get past in order to fill some completion sheet. I am tired of feeling like I am dead already and just plodding through life waiting for a dirt nap.

    I do not each much at all these days, and weigh about 232 lbs. A month ago I had lost 35 lbs and began to feel really good, but then for no apparent reason, all the weight is now coming back and no response from my doctor.

    I am unable to eat since according to other doctors, I have a gastro type issue that does not allow for me to digest healthier food at all. My doctor a year ago put me on polyethylene glycol, which according to the literature and Internet is not supposed to be taken more than a few weeks. This has been an on-going issue since I suffer from chronic constipation, bloating, and very uncomfortable heaviness.

    My new doctor told his nurse to call me and inform me I need to drink more water. I already drink over 5 quarts daily. This was his only recommendation and sent me a new prescription for the glycol.

    If you cannot help me, please do not send anything in my email. I do not wish to have ads, joining, or anything as such. I just want and ask for assistance or advice, which I will not ever hold you or other for being responsible for. My treatment these days is more about just what I can do, and asking for help outside of the only treatment I have. I just won’t go back into a V.A. medical facility for any reason.

    • Katie Barr says:

      Reading this scared me a little. I have a lot of the same symptoms. Never thought it could be a thyroid issue. I don’t have any answers unfortunately but your story may have helped someone. Thank you for sharing it.

    • Have you tried probiotics? I mean a good, reputable brand and continuously, for months.

      • Trees van den Bos says:

        Or make milkkefir yourself. The flowers eat the lactose to life, so even people who suffer from milk intolerance can drink it. More probiotics is impossible.

    • Gregory. I had your same symptoms except I am not type 1 diabetic but, my mother was. I had gastroparesisus which is slow movement of the GI tract. Poor appetite, weight gain in spite of barely eating at all, severe constipation and bloating, and severe fatigue. The doctors all dismissed it saying I needed to drink more water, take glycol, antidepressants, eat more fiber. They checked my labs and they always came out normal. I got worse until finally, I found an old country doctor who diagnosed my symptoms hypothyroid. He put my on a 60 mg dose of natural dessicated thyroid. I titrated to my present dose of 120mg. My symptoms have gradually improved and 3 years later, I am feeling back to normal.

    • Cindy Housel says:

      I have hypothyroidism and feel like shit moat of the time ; however::

      •Gluten -Free diet has reduced constipation, bloating, ans a lot of inflammation! 👍🏽

      •Maca root powder, clove, cinnamon, tumeric and bone broth powder (yum yum!) mixed together with coconut oil and almond milk and honey. Is the only thing that eases my hypothyroid symptoms. Can be heated like a lattle👍🏽👍🏽

      Look forward to knowing how it works for you! It took sweat blood and tears to find this info.

      • Deborah Evans says:

        How much do you use? The measurement for. each ingredient. After you make the mixture can you refrigerate the mixture? Where do you purchase the maca root powder?

    • Hi Gregory,

      If you can save up and find a good N.D. – naturopathic doctor (NOT a naturopath, in most states they didn’t go to doctor school like N.D. is required to do.) I highly recommend it.

      T4/T3 levels affect all kinds of things you’d never expect. Get optimized for your body.

      Here’s why I say that:

      In the past year I’ve been through 4 doctors and 3 different treatment approaches (the 4th doesn’t count, that wacko-bean told me to go off thyroid completely).

      Pre-thyroid treatment I had been self diagnosing / treating symptoms ranging from digestion, elimination, adrenal exhaustion, pancreas getting cranky, and liver calling out for help, hair, skin, peri-menopause, brain / cognition, depression, on and on.

      So I had this year+ long set of symptom data I’d been tracking.

      When I started thyroid treatment, here’s what I discovered:

      T3, T4, T2 all fixed different symptoms when in
      the right amounts.

      My adrenal exhaustion corrected almost instantly. My digestion, pancreas, liver symptoms disappeared. My elimination symptoms responded fast.
      Peri-menopause even miraculously stabilized.
      Holy crap I got my brain back!

      Some got be, some got worse, depending on what I was taking.

      I don’t recommend this, but I was fed up with docs and went rogue. I had 3 prescriptions to work with and the test results from each. I systematically experimented with my own ideas, carefully tracked the results, keeping a close eye for signs of over medication. I was cutting pills in half and in quarters, seeing if I could hone in on a sweet spot of symptom relief on all fronts. It took forever! You don’t know til you’ve been on it a while if the results will sustain.

      I have my year check in with my original doc soon. She’s an N.D. (A month or so ago I emailed her in the HIPAA system, let her know what I’d been up to, and asked for a 1/2 dose am/pm prescription of one of my meds that crumbled when cut so the amts were random.)

      I wanted 3mo of baseline data on a consistent level of my armour plus T3 experiment for the check in.

      She was totally on board with all that. I’m allergic to something in armour, and I’m certain I’ll be trying compounding next to get more precise.

      I’m definitely having to pick which symptoms I’m going to live with the rest of my life, but my internal organs are happy, I’m not taking piles of supplements, my belly / intestines are stable, and the sugar/salt symptoms are no longer wildly swinging all over the place.

      I know you have a different body and baseline condition, but I highly encourage you to find someone who will work with your symptoms, not just your test results.

      My belly and intestines encourage yours to never give up until you know for sure there is no T4/T3/T2 combo that can help them stabilize.

      • SunnySky says:

        Great that your ND only requires 1X/year appointments! While my Dr initially said late 2012 that I would only need to come in one time /year once thyroid stabilizes on a dose. I’ve always had to go in 2X/yr, plus labs! I had insurance, but no more starting 2018.

        Because I’m lazy, here’s a comment I just posted on another article about cracked heals and possible hypothyroid connection:

        This is exactly why my heels crack… whenever my thyroid meds are not enough, cracked heals follow. When thyroid meds are optimal, no cracks–yay!

        Last year, 2017, RLC labs moved their mfg location and WP Thyroid & Nature-throid (NT) became scarce and then unavailable. I purposely shorted my WP dose of 65mg/2X day to just one per day…. hoping production would hurry up. Nope. NT was produced first and became available. Asked the Dr to change my script to NT so I could get back on track. Even though I just had Nov 2017 labs, by March 2018, the Dr said I need to be seen first because of the elapsed time. What?!

        Long story, short, I finally received the new script late June to NT. I’m still waiting for the smooth feet…. I hear NT is not as effective as WP. Hoping this cures soon! I want my feet back!

        AND I would like to 1) figure out what to improve so I can get off the NDT & liothyronine, 2) until then, item #1, I want a Dr who doesn’t require nee labs and an appointment every six months. Gracious, I’ve had the same script for several years now.

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