Armour Thyroid (thyroid tablet) is a prescription medication used to treat low thyroid hormone symptoms (Hypothyroidism) and treat or prevent goitre (enlarged thyroid gland). It is a natural product made from animal thyroid glands and it replaces or supplies more thyroid hormone, that is normally produced by the thyroid gland.
Armour Thyroid vs Synthroid
- Both Armour Thyroid and Synthroid are used to treat hypothyroidism.
- The main difference is Armour Thyroid is a natural product created from animal thyroid glands (usually pig) and contains a combination of two thyroid hormones, triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). On the other hand, Synthroid is a synthetic (man-made) compound identical to thyroid hormone thyroxine (T4) made by the human thyroid gland. The natural preparation was the only treatment for hypothyroidism before the availability of the synthetic compound.
- Synthroid is also used to reduce pituitary thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH).
Armour Thyroid Dosage
- The dose of thyroid hormone is determined by the indication and must be customized in each case depending on the patient’s response and test results. For the correct dosage, see your doctor.
- Thyroid hormones are taken by mouth. When oral delivery is not possible, such as in the treatment of myxedema coma or during complete parenteral feeding, injectable levothyroxine sodium (T4) may be administered intravenously in acute, emergency situations. Intramuscular injection is not recommended due to reports of poor absorption.
- Armour thyroid should not be used in bigger or lesser doses or for longer than suggested.
- Frequent blood tests may be required when using desiccated thyroid.
- Continue to take this medication as directed, even if you feel fine. It’s possible that you’ll need thyroid medication for the rest of your life.
Side Effects of Armour Thyroid
This medicine has the potential to induce major adverse effects, such as:
- Breathing problems
- Cheeks, lips, tongue, or throat swell
- Severe vertigo
- Increased perspiration
- Heat sensitivities
- Mood swings
- Combined with sympathomimetic amines such as those that are used as anorectics, high doses may cause significant toxicity, or even cause death.
- Thyroid hormones, alone or in combination with other medicines, have shown to be unsuccessful in the treatment of obesity. Their use for the treatment of male or female infertility is also not warranted unless the illness is accompanied by hypothyroidism.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Armour Thyroid?
It is a prescription drug used to treat thyroid problems caused by low thyroid hormone levels. It is a natural thyroid product taken from animals.
What should I consider before taking this medication?
If you have thyrotoxicosis, a thyroid condition, or adrenal gland issue that is not managed by medication, you may not be able to take Armour Thyroid.
If you develop symptoms of thyroid poisoning, such as chest discomfort, irregular or pounding heartbeats, feeling anxious, or abnormal sweating, see your doctor at once.