Hypothryoid/Adrenal Fatigue: Armour and Cortef

I've heard that they reformulated Armour in the past few years, and it doesn't work as well for many people anymore. I have a couple friends that were on it, and ended up dumping it for Syn/Cytomel.

I started taking Cytomel/Syn combo in January, and I really like that. Before that, none of my doctors would even let me try the T3. I have a completely removed thyroid, so I'm totally dependent on meds.

My hair has gotten curlier and curlier as I've gotten older, but I dunno if that's thyroid issues or something else.
Originally Posted by Roswenthe
Wow. I can't believe they just dumped Armour. Yes. They did reformulate a while back. However, there was a MUCH better option than going onto Synthroid/Cytomel! Having a compounding pharmacy would have been much better - and one less Rx to pay for. Too bad nobody suggested that back then.

Oh - and, on the upside of the Armour deal, there are rumors that because of the negative responses they got on the reformulated version, they may be reverting back to the old version. (We can only HOPE!!)
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I take Eltroxin (T4 only). My dr orders sensitive TSH, free T3 and free T4 and usually ferritin at the same time.
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I take Eltroxin (T4 only). My dr orders sensitive TSH, free T3 and free T4 and usually ferritin at the same time.
Originally Posted by KarenRB53
UGH. I figured he wasn't ordering the right tests. Well... he's ordering SOME of the right tests - Free T3 and Free T4 are critical. But, only if they're being used to HELP you (AKA - 100% elimination of symptoms. You still have symptoms. Therefore, you're likely being under-medicated. Plus, you're being given T4 only meds. No good. Read why HERE).

Please, do this for yourself: Read everything you can HERE about what tests should be done and why. And read everything on the entire site (for your own information - it'll help you feel better about what you're going through - you're definitely not alone). But, you may end up needing to change docs if this one is stuck in the typical rut of using TSH as a gauge and using T4-only as treatment. Please, read about WHY TSH is NOT the best test.

While it may appear to be a bit over-the-top, the site is accurate in every way and, seriously, Janie saved me with the information she posts there. I was headed into early menopause with all kinds of other side effects - including completely debilitating exhaustion - all because I wasn't being treated for my symptoms. My stinkin' TSH test was being treated.

Within DAYS (yes... about 3 days) of being put on Armour Thyroid (natural desiccated thyroid which I called up and ASKED to be put on because it was never even offered to me - not once in 20 years), I started feeling better.

Natural desiccated thyroid is a world away from T4-only meds and made a HUGE difference for me and many other people worldwide. I'm currently on a dosage of natural thyroid that = 3 X's what I was on of T4. It took changing doctors and finding one who believes in natural thyroid, proper testing, and listening to my symptoms before all my menopausal issues and exhaustion (among other things) were eliminated.

Please, keep me posted. You CAN feel better. I promise.
Janet ~ Northern NJ
Properties: Dense, Fine, Low Porosity, Low Elasticity
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What I used in this photo:
Cleansing: Suave Tropical Coconut Condish
Conditioner: CJ Smoothing Condish
Styling: CJCQ
I take Eltroxin (T4 only). My dr orders sensitive TSH, free T3 and free T4 and usually ferritin at the same time.
Originally Posted by KarenRB53
UGH. I figured he wasn't ordering the right tests. Well... he's ordering SOME of the right tests - Free T3 and Free T4 are critical. But, only if they're being used to HELP you (AKA - 100% elimination of symptoms. You still have symptoms. Therefore, you're likely being under-medicated. Plus, you're being given T4 only meds. No good. Read why HERE).

Please, do this for yourself: Read everything you can HERE about what tests should be done and why. And read everything on the entire site (for your own information - it'll help you feel better about what you're going through - you're definitely not alone). But, you may end up needing to change docs if this one is stuck in the typical rut of using TSH as a gauge and using T4-only as treatment. Please, read about WHY TSH is NOT the best test.

While it may appear to be a bit over-the-top, the site is accurate in every way and, seriously, Janie saved me with the information she posts there. I was headed into early menopause with all kinds of other side effects - including completely debilitating exhaustion - all because I wasn't being treated for my symptoms. My stinkin' TSH test was being treated.

Within DAYS (yes... about 3 days) of being put on Armour Thyroid (natural desiccated thyroid which I called up and ASKED to be put on because it was never even offered to me - not once in 20 years), I started feeling better.

Natural desiccated thyroid is a world away from T4-only meds and made a HUGE difference for me and many other people worldwide. I'm currently on a dosage of natural thyroid that = 3 X's what I was on of T4. It took changing doctors and finding one who believes in natural thyroid, proper testing, and listening to my symptoms before all my menopausal issues and exhaustion (among other things) were eliminated.

Please, keep me posted. You CAN feel better. I promise.
Originally Posted by RacerWife7


Great information. I live in Canada and they list several labs which will do the right testing but they are in U.S. I'm going to try to find lab in Canada that will do the testing. I will ask my doctor if he'll order some of the tests for me.
3b, fine textured,thin and normal to high porosity.
I take Eltroxin (T4 only). My dr orders sensitive TSH, free T3 and free T4 and usually ferritin at the same time.
Originally Posted by KarenRB53
UGH. I figured he wasn't ordering the right tests. Well... he's ordering SOME of the right tests - Free T3 and Free T4 are critical. But, only if they're being used to HELP you (AKA - 100% elimination of symptoms. You still have symptoms. Therefore, you're likely being under-medicated. Plus, you're being given T4 only meds. No good. Read why HERE).

Please, do this for yourself: Read everything you can HERE about what tests should be done and why. And read everything on the entire site (for your own information - it'll help you feel better about what you're going through - you're definitely not alone). But, you may end up needing to change docs if this one is stuck in the typical rut of using TSH as a gauge and using T4-only as treatment. Please, read about WHY TSH is NOT the best test.

While it may appear to be a bit over-the-top, the site is accurate in every way and, seriously, Janie saved me with the information she posts there. I was headed into early menopause with all kinds of other side effects - including completely debilitating exhaustion - all because I wasn't being treated for my symptoms. My stinkin' TSH test was being treated.

Within DAYS (yes... about 3 days) of being put on Armour Thyroid (natural desiccated thyroid which I called up and ASKED to be put on because it was never even offered to me - not once in 20 years), I started feeling better.

Natural desiccated thyroid is a world away from T4-only meds and made a HUGE difference for me and many other people worldwide. I'm currently on a dosage of natural thyroid that = 3 X's what I was on of T4. It took changing doctors and finding one who believes in natural thyroid, proper testing, and listening to my symptoms before all my menopausal issues and exhaustion (among other things) were eliminated.

Please, keep me posted. You CAN feel better. I promise.
Originally Posted by RacerWife7


Great information. I live in Canada and they list several labs which will do the right testing but they are in U.S. I'm going to try to find lab in Canada that will do the testing. I will ask my doctor if he'll order some of the tests for me.
Originally Posted by KarenRB53
Good luck!! See if he'll get you off the T4 and put you on Erfa. I've heard good things about it - better than Armour's reformulated version.
Janet ~ Northern NJ
Properties: Dense, Fine, Low Porosity, Low Elasticity
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What I used in this photo:
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Styling: CJCQ
Any of you on armour, don't know if it's been REFORMULATED again so that it's better, but have a question. I noticed that one of the side effects list it as hair loss. I already have that being hypo, so will this make me have more hair loss? If I see any more hair in the shower, I 'll have a heart attack. ANyone else also notice if fixing your thyroid helps with lowering bad cholesterol??
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