Thyroid Hormone 101: Stay Away from Compounded Thyroid Hormones

Thyroid Hormone 101: Stay Away from Compounded Thyroid Hormones

Thyroid Hormone 101: Stay Away from Compounded Thyroid Hormones

Thyroid Hormone 101: Stay Away from Compounded Thyroid Hormones.

 

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This ad is misleading as compounded thyroid hormone is dangerous.

Stick with thyroid hormone like Synthroid and avoid possible severe overdose or underdose by compounding pharmacies.It should say tell congress to ban compounding for thyroid hormone.

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  1. The compounding pharmacy also pushes compounded thyroid hormone. It is not recommended for treatment of hypothyroidism.
  2. The use of porcine ( pig ) thyroid extracts are not recommended.
  3. Both 1 and 2 above have significant health risks.
  4. Standard drugs like Synthroid are “bioidentical” as they have the exact same thyroid molecule as the human hormone.
2 Comments
  • Jamy November 21, 2017 7:25 pm

    Good catch with this. But I’m curious, what other Hormones / treatments *would* you recommend? Are bioidentical treatments like these –
    http://www.genesysinstitute.com/introduction-to-bioidentical-hormone-therapy/what-are-bioidentical-hormones/ – safe, or are there other treatments that those who require hormone therapy be looking at first? I guess I’m a little unclear on the specifics, so I’m super interested in your opiniopns on this. Thanks!

    • Dr Guttler November 22, 2017 8:01 am

      Jamy
      I do not recommend bioidentical hormone therapy for thyroid except the classic bioidentical hormone Lthyroxine.
      It is identical to the T4 produced by the thyroid gland under the brand names Synthroid, and Levoxyl. I also do not recommend generic thyroid hormone products as they do not release the same amount or hormone even when the pill size is the same as Synthroid.
      Also stay away from compounding pharmacies making thyroid hormone. Errors can cause severe complications even death.
      Dr.G.

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