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Alternative to Synthroid for Hashimotos?

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Wondering if anyone has had luck with anything other than Synthroid and related drugs for Hashimotos... I do not tolerate that family of drugs, they are talking about dessicated thyroid but my Dr. is dragging his heels and still trying to push Synthroid.  Wanted to see if anyone else has a similar issue?

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I have been in Armour Thyroid for over 20 years and have done well.  It makes up for the loss of thyroid function, but it has not necessarily lowered my thyroid antibodies.  They were still elevated last year.  Down from 2,000 to 300.  I think they went up when I has the flu, a tooth infection and possible glutening (those antibodies were off the charts too).  The gluten free diet did eliminate my enlargement and nodules though.  

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On 6/13/2018 at 11:35 PM, Charli61 said:

Wondering if anyone has had luck with anything other than Synthroid and related drugs for Hashimotos... I do not tolerate that family of drugs, they are talking about dessicated thyroid but my Dr. is dragging his heels and still trying to push Synthroid.  Wanted to see if anyone else has a similar issue?

None of the thyroid therapies are drugs...anything you take is thyroid replacement hormones, if you are hypothyroid.  If Synthroid is not working well for you, I would highly recommend desiccated because they contain BOTH thyroid hormones, instead of just the T4 only. 

I have been using Nature-throid for a long time and it has worked very well for me.  There are a few of them now but Nature-throid is one of the least expensive out there.  Armour and NP thyroid are great but more expensive.  Kind of annoying as they have been around for awhile so should not cost as much as they do.  Like allergy meds, many people use them and need them so price goes up.  But do not be afraid to try a more natural way to treat your Hashi's.  I have never tried Synthroid but was on the generic version for awhile and it just didn't work nearly as well for me as Nature-throid.  Turns out, I need the added T3.

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Gemini,

Armour thyroid used to be dirt cheap.  I used to pay cash as it was cheaper than going through my excellent insurance (back in the 90’s).  It has been around for like 100 years.  Forrest Pharmacuticals was bought out and the new owners increased the price of all their newly acquired drugs.  Pure greed.   So,  my insurance is footing the increase, but I might be switching soon to NP.  

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On 6/19/2018 at 1:30 AM, cyclinglady said:

Gemini,

Armour thyroid used to be dirt cheap.  I used to pay cash as it was cheaper than going through my excellent insurance (back in the 90’s).  It has been around for like 100 years.  Forrest Pharmacuticals was bought out and the new owners increased the price of all their newly acquired drugs.  Pure greed.   So,  my insurance is footing the increase, but I might be switching soon to NP.  

Yes, it is a problem, isn't it?  They all used to be dirt cheap and I, like yourself, pay cash for my thyroid hormone.  I changed to a high deductible plan so now I get to see what these drug cartels are charging.  ?

NP is way more expensive than the Nature-throid.  I liked the NP but switched back to Nature-throid.  Nature-throid went through a "thing" last year when some of their suppliers of the raw materials they use boosted their prices way up so the owners decided to research new suppliers, who had the same high quality product, who didn't price gouge in order to keep their prices lower.  I have been able to get the 65mg dose but I also need the 16.25mg dose to achieve correct dosage and I haven't been able to get that dose yet.  So, I use the NP for the smaller dose and the Nature-throid for the larger dose.  It is so annoying!  I paid $40.00 for a 3 month supply of Nature-throid (65mg) and NP wanted $100.00 for the same dose/quantity.  I swear that heroin would be cheaper and easier to find.....

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