The People's Perspective on Medicine
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Hypothyroidism (low thyroid)

Problems With the Thyroid Gland Can Mean Early Death

Scientists have found that when older adults have troubles with their thyroid gland, they are more likely to die prematurely.

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Hypothyroidism (low thyroid)

Compounded T3 Thyroid Medicine For Better Balance

Have you ever heard of compounded T3 thyroid medicine? Doctors can prescribe shorter acting T3 (Cytomel) but it can lead to ups and downs.

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Home Remedies

What Are the Pros and Cons of Biotin for Strong Nails?

Many people take biotin for strong nails, although there is limited scientific support for this use of the supplement. Can biotin interfere with tests?

High Blood Pressure (hypertension)

Should You Take Your Pills at Breakfast or Bedtime?

How do you take your pills? Are you a morning person or a nighttime person? What beverage do you swallow them with? You'll be surprised to learn it matters.

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Hypothyroidism (low thyroid)

When Is Combination Therapy Better Than Synthroid?

Some people who don't feel completely well on levothyroxine alone do better on combination therapy. This includes both T4 and the active hormone T3.

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Drug Side Effects

Has the FDA Not Approved Armour Thyroid?

A reader was surprised to learn that FDA has not approved Armour thyroid or other desiccated thyroid extracts. However, some people feel better taking it.

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Hypothyroidism (low thyroid)

How Can You Improve Your Thyroid Function?

If your thyroid function is sub-par, you can work with your doctor to make adjustments in your medication, when you take it and what you eat.

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Drug Side Effects

When Treating Hyperthyroidism Results in Too Little Thyroid Hormone

Treating hyperthyroidism may entail destroying the thyroid gland. The result is too little thyroid hormone circulating in the body. How can you treat that?

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Hyperthyroidism (high thyroid)

Is the Salt in Prepared Foods Iodized?

Although processed foods in the US are high in salt, the salt they contain is not iodized. Check to make sure the salt you use at the table is.

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Editorial

Bizarre Brand Name Drugs Drive Readers Crazy!

Have you tried pronouncing brand name drugs these days? It's enough to make you gag. There's Otezla, Xeljanz, Xarelto or Zytiga. What is it with Xs and Zs?

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Hypothyroidism (low thyroid)

Is There a Link Between Thyroid and Cholesterol?

Scientists have found an inverse link between thyroid and cholesterol. People with low thyroid hormone often have high cholesterol levels.

David S. Cooper, MD, MACP, expert on Thyroid Problems
Podcasts

Show 1162: How to Treat Common Thyroid Problems

Dr. David Cooper, director of the Thyroid Clinic at Johns Hopkins University, describes the best treatments for common thyroid problems.

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Drug Side Effects

Why Is This Pharmacist Complaining About Levothyroxine Shortages?

Why do pharmacy chains change generic manufacturers? A pharmacist blames drug shortages. Are levothyroxine shortages really to blame for a readers concerns?

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Drug Side Effects

Will It Hurt to Switch Generic Levothyroxine?

If you are forced to switch generic levothyroxine formulations, you might experience symptoms of an improper dose. Ask the pharmacy to stick with one maker.

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Hypothyroidism (low thyroid)

Do You Feel Better on Armour Thyroid Than Synthroid?

Some people with hypothyroidism find they feel better on Armour Thyroid rather than synthetic levothyroxine. There may be a genetic basis for this.

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Drug Side Effects

Taking Synthroid in the Middle of the Night

One reader takes thyroid medicine in the middle of the night. That avoids any problem of potential interactions with coffee or breakfast foods.

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Hypothyroidism (low thyroid)

Can You Get Brand Name Synthroid at a Reasonable Price?

Generic levothyroxine drugs may be acceptable for many people, but they are not always interchangeable with brand name Synthroid. How can you save money?

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Hyperthyroidism (high thyroid)

Iodine for Scans Triggers Hyperthyroidism

Have you ever had a CT scan or an X-ray with contrast? You may have received iodine for scans. It's cheap and effective but it can trigger hyperthyroidism.

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Hypothyroidism (low thyroid)

Bad Thyroid Dose Causes Nasty Symptoms

Over 100 million prescriptions for levothyroxine are dispensed each year in the U.S. Too often, mistakes are made. A bad thyroid dose can cause problems!

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Alternative Health

Do You Want a Natural Thyroid Treatment?

Some people with low thyroid gland activity report that they feel better on a natural thyroid treatment than on synthetic thyroid hormone, levothyroxine.