Q. You once had an article about some people needing Armour Thyroid because Synthroid doesn't contain T3. I want to thank you for saving my sanity and life.
Since 1993, I have been on Synthroid and more recently, Levoxyl. I have been telling my doctor and nurses that this stuff doesn't work for me but no one listened. When I stopped the drug for several months I couldn’t tell the difference.
I found your article and gave it to my physician’s assistant. She was reluctant to prescribe Armour Thyroid but she did. In less than a week and half, I have more energy than I’ve had for 14 years. I no longer suffer tiredness like being almost dead.
I wish I had demanded Armour sooner. Why doesn't the medical establishment listen to the patient? Instead of letting me know about Armour Thyroid, I was given antidepressants.
A. You are not the only person who has been prescribed an antidepressant for symptoms of low thyroid. Correcting a thyroid imbalance often addresses symptoms such as depression, fatigue or mental slowness.
The use of Armour Thyroid is controversial. Some people do not appear to convert the hormone T4 (found in Synthroid and Levoxyl) into the active form, T3, efficiently. Armour desiccated thyroid contains both forms of the hormone, although endocrinologists dispute whether they are in the correct proportions.We discuss the pros and cons of this treatment in our Guide to Thyroid Hormones, along with symptoms of thyroid difficulties and guidelines for interpreting test results.