Armour Thyroid 60mg

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Armour Thyroid 60mg

Manufactured by: ERFA

Marketed as: ERFA Thyroid in Canada

 
From $0.80 USD/Tablet(s)
 

ERFA is the company that produces Natural Desiccated Thyroid products in Canada.

MAY BE SPLIT May be split and taken at half the dose listed

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Armour Thyroid 60 mcg

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Brand name

Armour Thyroid (pronounced as arm-or thigh-roy-d)

Generic name

Desiccated Thyroid (pronounced as dess-si-kay-ted thigh-roy-d)

Manufacturer Information

Forest Pharmaceuticals

 

About Armour Thyroid 60mg

What is Armour Thyroid?

Armour thyroid (ERFA thyroid in Canada), which contains desiccated thyroid, is used as thyroid replacement hormone for patients with hypothyroidism and myxedema. Hypothyroidism is ten times more common in women than men and it often occurs between 40-50 years of age, when women are experiencing menopause.

History of thyroid hormone replacement therapy

In 1891 Dr George Redmayne Murray published the first paper on the success of using thyroid extract (injected subcutaneously) and within months, there was evidence that oral formulations were also effective. However, the chemical thyroxine was not identified until 1927. In 1950, Hart and Maclagan invested the use of L-thyroxine which was available since 1930 but was not widely used due to its high cost (familiar story, different century). Meanwhile, desiccated thyroid was used for many years and was popular until 1970’s where increased evidence of safety, and decreased price, of L-thyroxine made desiccated thyroid fall out of favor of patients and doctors alike.

How do I take Armour Thyroid?

The exact dose of thyroid hormone should be individualized according to laboratory results and patient feedback. There is a large variability in individual responses and it can take 4 to 6 weeks to reach maximum therapeutic effects. Patients may start at 30-180mg daily and increase their doses to 60-300mg daily.

If you forget a dose of thyroid, take it as soon as you remember or return to your usual dosing schedule if it’s almost time for your next dose. Do not double dose in the same day.

What's the difference between Armour Thyroid and Synthroid?

Synthroid, which contains the active ingredient L-thyroxine, and Armour Thyroid (desiccated Thyroid) are both thyroid replacement therapy that are used to treat hypothyroidism. The key difference between the two medication is that Synthroid is a synthetic version of the chemical T4 (levothyroxine) whereas Armour thyroid is a natural product made from animal thyroid glands. Because Armour Thyroid comes from an natural source, it contains a mixture of T4 and T3 (triiodothyronine). While studies have shown that levothyroxine is the best therapy for hypothyroidism because it also prevents thyrotoxic levels of T3, some patients are unresponsive to T4 therapy and prefer desiccated thyroid as a more “natural” version of thyroid. In general, 60mg of Armour Thyroid is considered to be equivalent to 100mcg of Synthroid

What are the common side effects of Armour Thyroid?

Side effects from Armour thyroid are usually temporary and will go away as your body adjusts to thyroid therapy. Many side effects can be contributed to either too low, or too high of a dose so it is important to follow up with your doctor regularly when initiating therapy for lab tests and dosage adjustments. Some patients may experience hair loss in the first few months of therapy. If you develop a rash/itching/swelling/allergic reaction, severe dizziness, sensitivity to heat, mental changes, tremor, chest pain, irregular heartbeat, swelling, or seizures, please talk to your doctor immediately.

What foods should I avoid when taking Armour Thyroid?

Armour Thyroid absorption is decreased when taken with food and generally, it is recommended to take thyroid supplements on an empty stomach. Avoid foods rich in calcium (Greek yogurt, fortified orange juice) within 3 hours of your dose. If you suddenly change from a high-fat to a low-fat diet, or vice-versa, or suddenly change the amount of fiber in your diet, this may also affect Armour Thyroid absorption.

Can I drink alcohol while taking Armour Thyroid?

While alcohol does not have a direct interaction with Armour Thyroid, alcohol can drastically affect almost all thyroid gland functions. Alcohol can destroy thyroid cells, block its activity, or lower levels of T3 and T4.

What drugs interact with Armour Thyroid?

Armour Thyroid interact with several commonly used medication. Below is not a complete list of drug interactions. Please talk with your health care provider individually to assess your list of medication. Armour Thyroid interacts with SSRIs (serotonin-reuptake inhibitors) used for depression. Using these medication in combination usually require the dose of Armour Thyroid to be increased to maintain therapeutic efficacy. PPIs (Proton pump inhibitors) decrease the absorption of Armour Thyroid. Using TCAs (tricyclic antidepressants) with Armour Thyroid causes increased potency of both medication. Insulin and hypoglycemic drugs decrease efficacy of Armour Thyroid. Estrogen, such as the chemicals found in birth control pills, and some cholesterol-lowering drugs can inactivate thyroid hormone. Taking anticoagulants and Armour Thyroid together may cause anticoagulants to be more potent and increase the risk of bleeding. Antacids should generally be taken 3 to 4 hours after Armour Thyroid dosing.

 

Why buy dessicated ERFA Thyroid from Canada instead of Armour Thyroid in USA

Desiccated thyroid tablets in USA have had a secretive and mired history. It started in 2009 when Armour Thyroid, one brand of natural desiccated thyroid available in USA, quietly changed how their tablets were manufactured. In hopes of creating a harder tablet that doesn’t crumble, Forest Labs, the manufacturer of Armour Thyroid, increased the amount of cellulose and decreased the amount of sucrose in the tablets. Unknowingly, changing these excipient ingredients caused patients who were previously stable on their thyroid dose to suddenly report that their medication wasn’t working anymore. This started the trend of USA patients looking for their thyroid medication in Canada. The natural desiccated thyroid product in Canada is called ERFA Thyroid and was not affected by a formulation change. Many patients love, and depend, on Canadian ERFA Thyroid. With the spread of ERFA Thyroid’s popularity in USA, more and more patients and doctors are choosing to get their medication from Canada and, for years, Canada Cloud Pharmacy has been helping patients source their thyroid medication. Find out more information about Canadian ERFA thyroid now – it may even save you money even if you have Armour Thyroid coupons.

Canada Cloud Pharmacy provides its local patients and international online patients with the same genuine service and products that all patients expect from a licenced Canadian pharmacy. Whether you’re in Vancouver, USA, or anywhere else, ordering online is easy and a pharmacist is always available to address your questions and concerns. Simply chose your delivery option and wait for your medication to show up at your door. Call now to learn how you can save with Canadian drug prices.

 

FAQs

Can Armour Thyroid help me lose weight?
Weight gain is a symptom of hypothyroidism. However, despite popular belief, correcting thyroid deficiency with either levothyroxine or Armour Thyroid does not cause significant weight loss in most patients.
What is in Armour Thyroid?
Other than the active ingredient, desiccated thyroid, each tablet contains lactose, cornstarch, magnesium stearate, sugar and talc. ERFA thyroid is gluten free.
What animal does the Armour Thyroid come from?
Armour Thyroid is naturally made from porcine thyroid glands.
Armour Thyroid conversion chart
Please refer to the ERFA Thyroid product monograph for exact instructions. 0.1mg of levothyroxine (i.e.. 100mcg of T4) is equivalent to 1 grain of desiccated thyroid (60mg).
Why is there ar Armour Thyroid shortage?
Pharmacists agree that ERFA Thyroid is among the most frequently unavailable drugs in Canada. The usual reason provided by the manufacturer is that, because desiccated thyroid is made from an animal source, increased demand and difficulty obtaining raw materials leads to frequent drug shortages.

 

 

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