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What’s Your Experience With Natural Thyroid Hormone?

Recently I wrote an article entitled “Comparing The Different Brands of Natural Thyroid Hormone”, and I thought it would be interesting to see the experiences some people have had with natural thyroid hormone medication.  Although it’s true that the goal should be to address the cause of the problem, some people with hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis do need to take thyroid hormone medication.  While most endocrinologists recommend synthetic T4, many do better when taking desiccated thyroid hormone medication.  But of course everyone is different, and there are some who don’t do well when taking natural thyroid hormone.

Anyway, if you have taken Armour, Nature-Throid, WP Thyroid, or a different brand of desiccated thyroid hormone, please let me know what your experience was.  If you felt better and would recommend natural thyroid hormone to others please let me know!  And if you didn’t have a good experience with natural thyroid hormone please let me know!  Thank you so much for sharing your experience with everyone.


 

29 Comments

  1. Kalpana says:

    Hi Dr. Eric.
    Recently I switched to Nature-Throid from Synthroid/Levothroid.
    Initially my doctor was reluctant to put me on it, as I had approached her and asked her for this natural alternative, after reading about it in blogs etc.
    So she started me off on the lowest dose and I felt so good when I took it. Eventually she increased my dosage to the second level since my TSH was still about 5 and she wanted to bring it down lower.
    However, I can totally tell the difference between the synthetic drug and this natural one. I don’t feel like I am on medication, when I take Nature-throid. With Synthroid/Levothrooid, sometimes I would feel jittery and I would get headaches (from hypoglycemia).
    But this natural one doesn’t give me those extreme feelings – I am haooy to have switched to this dessicated one (from pigs, I hear :-))
    Thanks for asking.

  2. Charles says:

    I was treated with synthyroid for10 years with good results as I did not get sicker or die. My endocrinologist would not prescribe NDT and dosed by TSH levels. I felt better with them low Dr felt better with them in range. Being limited in resources I could not seek different Dr. I bought thyroid-s and strated increasing dose while reducing synthyroid. I felt better! Except for a bout with candida, I got better with treatment and continued. Candida came back, with advise from wife and alternative practitioner I stopped thyroid-s and odered Thiroyd. I went back on synthyroid. Upon reciept of thiroyd Again I raised dosage and reduced synthyroid as recommended every two weeks to 3 grains per day in split dose. I tested and tsh was not readable and ft4 ft3 and rt3 were about the same. I increased to 4 grains and 21.875 mcg of synthyroid then 4 1/2 grains and no synthyroid. Retested and tsh still unreadable ft4 ft3 mid range and rt3 was lower from near high range. I am currently at five grains equal to 175mcg of t4 and 41.55 mcg t3. I will retest in may. I feel better than in years, still some aches and pain but maybe hard living for 65 years. I am gluten and soy free and eat organic if possible with most coming from our garden. Limited dairy butter and some cheese. I am glad I stopped listening to Dr and started listening to my body! Diagnosed in 2005 after having high tsh since 2001…back when I was stupid.

  3. Vanessa says:

    I was on Synthroid for about 8 years before things really started to go south. I had a hard time finding a doctor who would prescribe NDT, but I finally did. I started out with Armour, but got no help with my adrenals, so it actually didn’t go very well. Went back on Synthroid and Cytomel for a few years and then found a dr. to prescribe Nature-throid. I’ve been on that for about 9 years now and all of my headaches have disappeared. I’m also on adrenal supports, so that, combined with the NDT has helped my energy a lot. I feel that, if I had been given natural adrenal and thyroid supports long ago, I could have avoided a lot of the issues I’ve been dealing with since the 90’s. I wish doctors would get a clue…..

  4. Carol says:

    I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s in 2005. I was put on Armour Thyroid and did extremely well until about 2 years ago. They tried switching me to Synthroid and T-3 and I felt awful. I lost half the hair on my head and gained about 30 lbs. I went back on Armour Thyroid and I am doing better. I believe that a big part of having difficulties with my thyroid was because of having extreme adrenal fatigue. I am no seeing a Naturopath and I am finally beginning to feel so much better.

  5. Diane says:

    I was diagnosed with hashimotos thyroid about 12 years ago. Every time I try dessicated natural thyroid my TSH goes sky high…99. I always feel so much better!! The last time was for 2 years on WP thyroid and my hair fell out so bad so now back on synthroid and cytomel but don’t feel well at all. Trouble sleeping, and just not a good feeling most days. Labs are good. My hair is looking great though!😀 what a price to pay. What to do next?

  6. Nikki says:

    I started out on Armour but felt like I was sweating from it so I switched to Nature thyroid. I sweated on that one too so I thought I’d try regular old Synthroid, but, sigh, it makes me sweat too. I know it’s the cause because I’ve been able to stop the sweating by changing my dose on several occasions but after a short period of time it always comes back. Anyone know what’s going on?

    I’m early in my diagnosis of Hashimoto’s (only 4 years) and am only on 60 mcg of Synthroid. I don’t feel any different being on it or not, as my thyroid is still keeping up. Since I sweat on all of them I’d like to go back to NDT again.

  7. Ana says:

    I have been on everything. Did my best on Armour until last year it seemed to stop working (stared gaining weight again) switched to WP Nature Thyroid and cannot shake off the weight! Armour went up in Price and has more additives so would like to stick with the most pure NDT. Will try to up the dose I guess and see if that works.
    It is frustrating to have to switch Meds every few years, butbit sounds like it’s pretty common. The body gets used to it and stops improving. ..

    • Lahs says:

      Ana, don’t forget that if your weight increases you will need a higher dose of whatever you are on. So it may not be the medication changing it might be your increased requirements.

  8. Kate Murphy says:

    I am glad to see that issue is shared by someone!
    I have only taken Armour Thyroid. Excessive sweating is a major issue in my daily life! Has anyone found any relief from this problem? It sounds silly but it really is awful!

    • Stu says:

      Thank goodness I finally found others mentioning the profuse sweating. Mine began before I was even diagnosed with hypothyroid (from tsh bldwk). I’m from Miami, FL and believe me, I know what normal or even excessive sweating is…I grew up playing in the sun, was on the school football team,etc. and this is NOTHING like that. It’s like someone poured a bucket of water on my head (especially my head and face–it gets in my eyes and stings, etc) of course soaking wet shirts, etc. BUT this awful sweating started BEFORE I even began taking Synthroid (then switched to generic Levo, immediately several of the weird side effects (from the additives in Synthroid)disappeared. Did levo for a couple of years, now recently finally found a doc to write NDT, began Armour a few weeks ago, IMMEDIATELY felt better, the first day! Still sweat, though, but I did lose five pounds (of the excess 30 pounds I gained in a few weeks when this began–all in the abdomen)without changing diet or more exercise or anything, just switched to NDT, a week later got on the scale and lost five pounds!But I digress…my point in replying was to say that in my case, the sweating began with the hypothyroid, BEFORE any meds, and has never gone away. I just heard about Nature-Throid, and will ask my doc to switch me from Armour next month…have read many bad things about Armour, including high prices, etc. But it sure as heck is better than Levo!!The very first morning after I took Armour NDT, I awakened feeling refreshed! Instead of like I’d been wrestling Hulk Hogan all night, I also now sleep 4-5 hours before mysteriously waking up, then immediately going back to sleep, then waking up every hour on the hour, you can set your clock by it. I hate that symptom, but worst, and scariest of all, is the “Cognitive Decline”…memory and concentration issues, clumsiness, absentmindedness, etc. because I was caregiver for my Mom with the despicable Alzheimer’s Disease for 8 years…the end was awful. So all this “forgetfulness” picking up the BenGay instead of the toothpaste, etc. is quite scary. These are NOT “Senior moments” these are much more. so far, no change on NDT, still praying..tried several of the “Brain” supplements, no help. Sorry it’s so long…I was just gonna say how my sweating began BEFORE I started th meds.

  9. Geri Actor says:

    (took synthetic T4 and T3 for a while, definitely needed the T3). Was interested in taking a more natural hormone (we don’t really know what not having T1 or T2 does, do we?), so I took Armour for several years (with T3 supplements, I’m ‘thyroid hormone resistant’, just as I’ve become ‘insulin resistant’, sigh). Then a naturopath suggested I try Naturethroid. There was an immediate difference! Felt like a bit of ‘fog’ had lifted. this was after I did an elimination diet test and figured out that I’m sensitive to corn, so based on your article, my reaction to the change makes sense. I later changed to WP and think there was a different (although, not so dramatic). Since I can afford it and prefer fewer additives, am sticking with WP.

  10. Joanie says:

    I was on armour thyroid a few years which kept my TSH in “normal” range so my doctor would not run a thyroid panel-only if my TSH was not normal! I had issues off and on, stayed on a gluten free diet 3 1/2 years. Went off the gluten free diet last summer about the same time my armour was changed by pharmacy to NP thyroid-within a couple months my tsh became high, hypothyroid, I gained weight and had many of the lousy symptoms from it! I finally refilled my armour thyroid, taking it for a few weeks now, gone back on gluten free diet…..been taking iodine and started taking thyroid energy supplements to try to help my thyroid to function on its own…..wish I could find a good integrated MD near me to go to that could work with me on healing my thyroid….

  11. Colleen says:

    I felt awful on Synthroid. It didn’t address my symptoms and made most of them worse. I decided to see a naturopath who is helping with low cortisol, iron and Hashi’s, swelling, edema, hair-loss–all the things my “doctors” ignored for over 30 years– but she is not licensed to give me NDT yet. I will need to get my cortisol and iron up before trying it anyway. Still, I’m better off now than I was on Synthroid.

  12. Celeste says:

    I went to my MD last week to get my thyroid prescription refilled armed with your article and ready to state my case why I wanted to try either Nature-Throid or WP. I was expecting that she would finally be won over after my stating my case repeatedly for 1.5 years. It turned out that she left that medical group and I was given a different doctor who wasn’t about to listen to anything I had to say about how, even though my blood test numbers looked like they were in range, I still had lots of symptoms of hypothyroidism. She just dismissed them all and wrote the prescription for the generic levothyroxine. And I have Hashimoto’s and several other autoimmune disorders – so taking the generic means I’m playing Russian roulette with the fillers they might have in them every time I get the prescription refilled. It’s so frustrating! GRRRRRR!

  13. Jenny says:

    I ave been on thyroid medication for many years. Luckily I have never been on synthetic thyroid medication. Started on Armour first and didn’t tolerate it well (corn in the coating). Was then put on Nature Throid and did pretty well on that. Presently I am on WP Thyroid and doing fine although I am still having difficulty losing weight. I have recently been diagnosed with “mold illness” which I have likely had for many years. So…now starting treatment for the mold (which by the way can significantly affect the thyroid, etc.)Hoping that will improve how I feel even more!

  14. Lahs says:

    I changed to NDT Armour overnight from Levo. I was terrified of taking a new med, not knowing what to expect. Everyone of my symptoms disappeared within the first 20 minutes, my muscles in my legs changed as I lay there (the one hour before breakfast). I swung my legs out of bed and stood up instantly instead of rolling to the edge and gingerly putting one foot on the floor and then the next (that was the Levo way). I walked to the bathroom feeling like I was floating on air – absolutely no joint pain, no headache, no swishing sound in my head. I just can’t say enough good things about Armour Thyroid – (well, it’s getting a bit expensive).
    Drop this hideous Levo people, change to Armour and read, read, read up on the subject of thyroid health so that your doctor cannot bamboozle you into taking the wrong medication at the wrong dose (regarding the latter don’t let any doc treat you to TSH, that will guarantee that you will be under medicated. Read “Tired Thyroid” by Barbara Laughed, Look up “Stop the Thyroid Madness” website and join the Forum Thyroid UK. You must educate yourself in all of this, your life and feeling of well being depends upon it.

  15. Lynne Waller says:

    I was on Armour for 3 years. Never felt any better even when they increased by dosage. Kept on gaining weight and was in a constant brain fog. Went off cold turkey and starting taking Thyrovanz which I bought off the internet. Take 1 to 2 a day. No brain fog and and I pretty good energy now. Also started taking Thyrobin to help support my thyroid. Feel pretty good but can’t loose any weight no matter what I do.

  16. Aaron says:

    My hypothyroidism (Hashimoto’s) has been entirely subclinical for the last 10 years, which means I don’t have any symptoms. Most of that time, I was unmedicated. When my TSH rose above 10 or 11, my doctor strongly urged me to start taking synthetic T4 to “take the stress off my endocrine system.” I hesitated at first, but then complied. I don’t feel any different, but I have adjusted the dose so that my TSH is around 1.0, which is what Dr. Izabella Wentz recommends for Hashimoto’s patients. My LDL cholesterol and LDL particle count are both higher than they should be, which I chalk up to low T3. (T3 is necessary to activate hepatic LDL receptors to clear LDL out of the bloodsteam.). A very low-carb diet might be responsible for this. Low carb intake can suppress T4 to T3 conversion. I have recently changed my carb consumption to be more in line with Paul & Shou-Ching Jaminet’s Perfect Health Diet, which is still moderately low carb but not very low or ketogenic. I will be curious to see what effect this will have when I have my next lab tests in a few months. My other lipids are excellent (low trigs, high HDL) so I am not worried. Hs-CRP is also very low, indicating little or no systemic inflammation.

  17. michelle says:

    I was Diagnose with Hashimoto’s five years. was on natures thyroid until last April decided to too quit cold turkey because of the other poison additives in the medicine and because taking hormones can increase your chance of getting cancer. I am happy to say just had blood work tested no sign of Hashimoto’s Tpo 10 .Been gluten free for about 3 years , take plenty of kelp(iodine) iodide , selenium ,had some mercury remove from my teeth,eat mostly organic veggies, take plenty of b vitamins , and c vitamins , plenty of sunshine , reduced all chemicals in all products.

  18. Cheri says:

    Hi All

    My question is: Has anyone who had their thyroid completely removed tried any of the natural thyroid drugs compare to taking Synthroid? I have had my thyroid removed and have been on 137mcg of Synthroid for 2 years now. Have a lot of brain fog and am often tired even though I work out 3-4 times a week and mostly eat right. Also started breaking out.

  19. CJ says:

    I have taken just about all of the thyroid support there is. First Synthroid, then levothyroid, Armour, now Naturethroid….When I first took Synthroid, I had panic attacks, hard to breathe, panicky..felt awful. Then my health settled down, and a few years later, I took Armour, which worked ok, still didn’t feel normal. Armour got too expensive, so started on NatureThyroid, due to cost…and still don’t feel normal, but TSH is about 2…

  20. Yanna says:

    Ive felt tired for as long as I can remember. Lead a taxing fast-paced life ever since high school. Routine blood work came back indicating hypothyroidism on the low end about 3 years ago. I decided not to take immediate action before I learned more about it. I refused to believe I had to take a drug for the rest of my life, especially the synthetic form. I was only 23!

    But after a stressful job/lifestyle got the best of me I started taking Armour thyroid 15mg daily about a year ago based on the recommendation that the additional T3 might benefit my rollercoaster mood/anxiety/depression.

    The changes I felt were immediate. I had more energy, less mood swings, but over time I ended up feeling more anxious. I still struggle with the fact that off the medication I’m back to slow sluggish brain fog me, but on the medication I’m too anxious and I’m relying on replacement hormone therapy when I should be able to regain full function of my thyroid, but how???

  21. Eileen says:

    Hi Dr. Eric and Everyone. I am taking an enormous dose of Nature-thyroid….i tried WP thryoid and it was basically the same…but because of finances my nurse practitioner suggested getting the pharmaceutical synthroid and cytomel? I put on 8 pounds in one month and no habits changed….went back to Nature-thyroid….i know this is not getting to the bottom of things as i am on the autistic spectrum and my body is just totally out of wack…all my hormones are out of wack though i do take bio-identical HRT but i am not sure my cells are even absorbing the thyroid or other hormones because i am on so much. However i am near 67 and did not even get a diagnosis about my thyroid until about 10 years ago…i can’t seem to find a practitioner who can really help…i have relied mostly on Ayurveda…and being a vegan…sorry went on a bit over the topic…Peace

  22. Tanja says:

    After a few years on Euthyrox (same as Synthroid) and with a nasty brain fog condition I have finally started exploring the web. At first I added a pure T3 along with Euthyrox and after who know how long I felt alive again.
    So i investigated some more and come across adrenal fatigue issues. I got my saliva test and it was bad. So I started to change my diet to almost fully paleo, but certainly 100% grain free, and also changed my therapy to Thyrois S. Then after a while I started working out. I feel very good now. I don’t know why, still, if I misbehave a little with the food i expressly gain kilos back, but otherwise I’m good.
    The only thing that bothers me is an almost nonexistent TSH. I know it’s good to have a low TSH, but it’s not good to not have it at all. It plays a part in T4 to T3 conversion process, correct.
    Does anyone has any suggestion on how to increase it a bit?
    Thank You

    • CJ says:

      Your med dosage is probably too high…contact your health professional and have her lower it until you have a TSH in normal range…

  23. CJ says:

    About 17 years ago, I started on Synthroid, and had panic attacks and could not breathe well. After a while, those symptoms resolved. One day, a coworker said I should be on Armour, so prescribed it for me…had no issues at all. I have never gotten any hypothyroid symptoms, other than hair loss. NO fatigue, joint pains, digestive issues….but on no meds, my tsh is 145….so I am now on Natur-throid, because Armour became too pricey! I want to wean off meds entirely, so have gone gluten, dairy, soy, gmo free…feeling good….will continue the right diet, hope to leave meds behind!

  24. amy says:

    Does anyone else take Tirosent (pure T4)? I have recently started it and am not feeling much difference from Armour, which costs less.

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