What if my medications aren’t working?

Not everyone has the ability to absorb thyroid medication either due to abdominal infections or they are intolerant to lactose. This means that if a person is intolerant to lactose, it becomes difficult for the person to absorb any medication that might contain lactose. However, a good percentage of people seem to relate well with Tirosint as absorption difficulties are rare, while the kind of medication they use is usually T3/T4 compound medication. The most frequent triggers in medicine are corn, gluten, soy and lactose.

The common doctor however, is not familiar with the mentioned thyroid medications since they are not popular, because of this, the affected person should always seek doctors that are functional, integrative or naturopathic. The compounding pharmacist can be a reliable source of information when seeking for such doctors. The reason for identifying a good doctor is to ensure that the thyroid condition is dealt with properly and effectively.

I’m I taking too much thyroid medication?

The nature of thyroid prescriptions is that the medication should be in small quantities (micrograms) and should not be very little nor exceeding the desired amount, therefore, it is a prescription that should not have room for errors. When the person experiences various feelings during medication and the heart rate is above 100 (Palpitations), there should be a cause of alarm.

Overactive and underactive thyroid causes rapid and slow progressive symptoms respectively, which can sometimes be discomforting. The patient should contact the doctor if symptoms become irritating.

When the patient finally gets the right medications (usually 4-6 weeks), he or she should always be checking after every 3-6 months or yearly to ensure that the prescribed quantity is still the accurate one. When the condition prolongs, the patient should check with the doctor as soon as possible.

Medication

The right medication in the correct dosage can work wonders for a thyroid disease patient. Combining medication with a good diet works even better, and after some time a patient may eradicate the need for medication. A patient with a TSH level of more than 3.0 needs treatment. Patients report that once they are on medication, their health improves and consequently the quality of life. No more hair loss, fatigue, and napping throughout the day.

But medication is not a life sentence. If the doctor treats the root cause of the autoimmunity, thyroid disease patients can go into complete remission. Consider the following facts about thyroid treatment.

Thyroid medication treats the symptoms rather than the cause of the thyroid disorder.

  • 97% of people on thyroid medication are Hashimoto’s victims, but only a few are aware of their condition.
  • Hashimoto’s has to be treated. Otherwise, the quality of life of its victims worsens.
  • Hashimoto’s could cause infertility in its advanced phases.
  • The longer Hashimoto’s is left untreated, the more symptoms the victim exhibits.

Types of medication

Synthroid

Synthroid is the most popular thyroid medication and is the most recommended. 90% of people who use this medication report that it helps them feel better. However, there are some people this medication cannot help. It is a prodrug that contains T4 hormone, which is an inactive form of the T3 hormone. The body should be able to convert T4 into T3, but some people cannot complete the conversion probably due to a nutrient deficiency or some other unclear reason.

Combination medication

Those individuals who cannot benefit from Synthroid should try T3/T4 medication. This medication contains the desiccated form of active T3 hormone and includes drugs such as Armour Thyroid, WP Thyroid, Nature Thyroid, and compounding pharmacists Compound T3/T4. A compounding pharmacist may make a drug with a predetermined ratio of T3 to T4 depending on the patient’s needs.

Combining Cytomel with conventional thyroid medication such as Levothyroxine and Synthyroid also works.