Armour Thyroid is a medication used to treat underactive thyroids, also known as hypothyroidism. Low thyroid hormone levels are caused when the gland is injured by radiation or other medications, or if it’s removed via surgery. Although hormone levels may also be low due to natural reasons.
Thyroid hormones affect energy levels, causing people to suffer from adverse mental and physical activity. This is especially important with children, as these hormones affect their development. Tell your doctor if your suffering from tiredness, muscle aches, constipation, dry skin, weight gain, slow heartbeat or sensitivity to cold, as these may be symptoms of low thyroid hormone. Also, tell your doctor if your conditions persist after several weeks of taking Armour Thyroid.
Armour Thyroid is naturally made. As with other medications to treat underactive thyroids, it’s made from animal thyroid glands. As well as underactive thyroids, this medication is used to treat similar disorders, such as goitres and thyroid cancer. It may also be used as a test for thyroid function. It should be noted that Armour Thyroid is not meant to treat infertility–unless caused by low thyroid hormone levels.
Speak to your doctor on if Armour Thyroid is for you. Your doctor will determine your dosage levels depending on your medical condition, age, weight, response to treatment and test results. Armour Thyroid needs to be used consistently at the same time each day in order to benefit the most from it.
Older adults should seek advice from their doctor or pharmacist to talk about possible risks and benefits of Armour Thyroid. This medication is taken once a day by mouth, between 30 minutes and one hour before breakfast, or as directed by your doctor.
Consult your doctor if you’re planning to stop taking this medication or if you’re using any of the following medication:
- Polystyrene sulfonate
- Calcium carbonate
These medications may affect the number of thyroid hormones that your body absorbs. At a minimum, these medications can be separated from Armour Thyroid by four hours. It’s important not to change different brands of thyroid hormone replacement without first consulting your doctor or pharmacist. Many replacement therapies are for life.
You may see side effects during the first few months of treatment, including hair loss. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if this problem persists or worsens. Often times, your doctor has prescribed hormone replacement therapy because they consider the benefits to be better than the risks of side effects.
Most people do not suffer from serious side effects from Armour Thyroid. However, tell your doctor if any of the following occur:
- Increased sweating,
- Sensitivity to heat,
- Mood swings
- Mental agitation or nervousness
- A headache or
- Shortness of breath
In the event that you are suffering from chest pain, fast or irregular heartbeat, swelling in your extremities, or seizures, then seek medical help immediately. Similarly, seek attention if you appear to be suffering from an allergic reaction. Symptoms may include: rashes, itches or swelling (especially of the face, tongue, or throat), severe dizziness, or trouble breathing.
If in doubt, or if you notice other effects not listed above, then contact your doctor or pharmacist.