Thyroid Treatment 101: Time to Get Rid of Thyroid Extract THE: 19 th Century Treatment in the 21 st Century.
Shrestha RT et al Endocrine Practice 23(5) May 2017
Adverse effects from Armour thyroid ( thyroid hormone extract)THE
174 reports by expert thyroid specialists of adverse findings from THE
91/174 had changes in TSH. 62/91 had (70%) had symptoms related to the abnormal TSH.
Majority 65% were consistent with thyrotoxicosis. 2/91 had arrhythmias.
Difficulty in dose adjustment was noted by primary physicians which lead to referral to endocrinologists. when the patient was on THE.
Conclusion: The FDA should regulate and monitor THE use and consider standardizing THE to meet current standards of making thyroid hormones. None of the rigor used in making T4 is presently used in making THE.
Comment: In 43 years in thyroid practice I have seen every type of complication from the use of Armour thyroid extract. It has a great history saving lives in the 1870-1960. It has outworn its usefulness and now is a drug which needs to be retired to the hall of fame in medicine. It is the darling of the alternative medicine people, but it’s use is a danger to everyone but especially the elderly and pregnant women. Osteoporosis, cardiac disease, anxiety,insomnia, chest flutter,fatigue, depression, and more from THE.
IF YOUR PHYSICIAN WANTS YOU TO TAKE ARMOUR THYROID EXTRACT INSTEAD OF LTHYROXINE T4 GET A NEW PHYSICIAN.YOUR HEALTH DEPENDS ON LETTING YOUR FEET MOVE YOU TO A NEW DOCTOR.
Richard Guttler MD,FACE,ECNU