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Armour Thyroid is a prescription medicine used to treat hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone). Animal thyroid glands (usually those of pigs) are used to make this product. The thyroid gland normally produces thyroid hormone, which is replaced or increased by it.
Low thyroid hormone levels may occur naturally or due to radiation/medications or surgery that damages or removes the thyroid gland. It is critical to maintain normal mental and physical activity by having enough thyroid hormone. Children’s mental and physical development depends on having enough thyroid hormone. In addition to treating thyroid disorders (such as goiters and thyroid cancer), this medication is also used to test thyroid function.
It is possible to take Armour Thyroid alone or in combination with other medications (more information on the Drug Interactions tab). Consult your doctor first to discuss the medications you are currently on. This includes, over-the-counter drugs, herbal treatments and supplements.
Thyroid desiccated (Armour Thyroid) is a natural combination of thyroid hormones T3 and T4. Among their many functions, thyroid hormones regulate metabolism, body temperature, heart rate, and more. If your thyroid hormone levels are too low, thyroid replacement hormones can help.
Children younger than 6 months of age may not be able to take Armour Thyroid safely and effectively.
This medication is not insulin.
This product is manufactured by McKesson Canada.
Usually once daily on an empty stomach, 30 minutes to an hour before breakfast, you should take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor.
Your dose is determined by your medical condition, laboratory test results, and response to treatment. The dosage for children is also determined by their age and weight.
To get the most benefit from this medication, take it regularly. Take it at the same time every day to help you remember.
Consult your doctor before stopping this medication. In general, thyroid replacement therapy is taken for the rest of one’s life.
A number of medications (cholestyramine, colestipol, colesevelam, antacids, sucralfate, simethicone, iron, sodium polystyrene sulfonate, calcium carbonate, orlistat, Trulicity) can reduce thyroid hormone absorption. Separate these drugs from this medication by at least 4 hours if you are taking any of them.
Different brands of thyroid hormone are available. Consult your doctor or pharmacist before changing brands.
Symptoms of low thyroid hormone levels include fatigue, muscle aches, constipation, dry skin, weight gain, slow heartbeat, and sensitivity to cold. In case your condition worsens or lasts after taking this medication for several weeks, tell your doctor.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to thyroid hormone, pork products, or any other allergies. You may experience allergic reactions to this product if it contains inactive ingredients. For more information, please contact us and we will arrange a pharmacist consultation.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have ever had any of these medical conditions, especially: increased thyroid hormones (thyrotoxicosis), decreased adrenal gland function, heart disease (such as coronary artery disease, irregular heartbeat), high blood pressure, diabetes.
Tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
This drug may cause side effects that are more severe in older adults, such as chest pain, fast/pounding/irregular heartbeats.
Since thyroid hormone is naturally produced by the body, desiccated thyroid can be taken by almost anyone. If you have an untreated adrenal gland problem or thyrotoxicosis, you may not be able to use this medication.
You should tell your doctor if you have any of the following conditions before taking desiccated thyroid:
● Angina (chest pain);
● Insufficiency of blood flow to the heart;
● Diabetes of any type;
● Adrenal gland problems.
While you are being treated with desiccated thyroid, tell your doctor about any medications you are taking, especially:
● Hormone replacement therapy or birth control pills;
● Warfarin, Coumadin, or Jantoven are blood thinners;
● You take insulin or diabetes medication orally;
● Iodine-containing medications (such as I-131);
● There are many salicylates available, including aspirin, Nuprin Backache Caplet, Kaopectate, KneeRelief, Pamprin Cramp Formula, Pepto-Bismol, Tricosal, Trilisate, etc.
● Prednisone and other steroids.
The following list is not comprehensive. Desiccated thyroid may interact with other drugs, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
In the first few months after treatment, hair loss may occur. As your body adjusts to this medication, this effect is usually temporary. Tell your doctor or pharmacist right away if this effect persists or gets severe.
It is critical to keep in mind that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has deemed its benefits outweigh the risks. There are few serious side effects associated with this medication.
If you experience any of these unlikely but serious effects of high thyroid hormone levels, please see your doctor immediately: increased sweating, sensitivity to heat, mental/mood changes (such as nervousness or mood swings), tiredness, diarrhea, shaking (tremor), headache, shortness of breath.
When chest pain, fast/pounding/irregular heartbeat, swelling hands/ankles/feet, seizures, or any other rare but serious effects of high thyroid hormone levels occur, seek medical attention immediately.
There is a very low likelihood of a very serious allergic reaction to this drug. Be sure to seek medical attention if you experience any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face, tongue, or throat), severe dizziness, or difficulty breathing.
There may be other side effects not listed here. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you experience any other effects not described above.
For medical advice about side effects in the US, please contact your doctor. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.
Call 911 if someone has overdosed and is experiencing serious symptoms, such as passing out or breathing difficulties. Otherwise, contact a poison control center immediately. You can reach your local poison control center by calling 1-800-222-1222. Overdose symptoms include: fast/pounding/irregular heartbeat, loss of consciousness, confusion, seizures.
If you miss a dose, you should take it as soon as you remember. If it is close to the next dose, skip the missed dose. Every day, you should take your next dose at the same time. Do not double your dose if your doctor does not recommends it. If you miss two or more doses in a row, contact your physician. Follow your doctor’s instructions if you miss a dose.
Keep away from light and moisture at room temperature. Store away from the bathroom. Medications should be kept out of reach of children and pets.
You should not flush medications down the toilet or pour them down the drain unless you have been instructed to do so. You should properly dispose of this product when it has expired or is no longer needed. You can contact your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more information.