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5/10/11 1:20 A

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I only had wonderful experiences switching. My kids didn't recognize me but my mother was happy to have the girl from when I was in high school return!

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5/9/11 7:35 P

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Hi SUSAN-NC, I haven't read of any bad experiences when switching to Armour. Mine was good, mellow, changes happened at an even pace. Be sure to look in the older threads, as I seem to recall someone starting a thread asking about the switch.
Congratulations, I hope you do well on it!!

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SUSAN-NC Posts: 1
5/9/11 6:17 P

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Hi Everyone!! I am new to the Thyroid Community but not to Spark. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in December 1999. I just got home from my doctor's and I am being switched from Levoxyl to Armour.

I was wondering if anyone can share their experience about switching medications?

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4/10/11 6:48 P

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Thank you Wulfie. I swear I thought for years I was from a different planet! I was known for wearing thermal socks and sweats in the middle of a heat wave! Constantly complained to everyone that I was cold. And couldn't loose weight no matter what I did. Found my doc by way of moving to a new town and getting a kidney infection!! Not the best way, but he ran me for a complete blood work; and lo and behold - I WAS from this planet, just had a thyroid issue!

I love him. He sits and listens to me and doesn't blow me off, no matter how small the complaint is. And when I complained of constantly having to pee, and got horrific headaches after I ate, sent me for more tests. Not that I liked the answers, but found out my blood sugars were all out of wack. Well, now it's pre-diabetes, thyroid, and wacky cholesterol levels. Well, at least he found out what was going on, even if I didn't like the answers! emoticon

I go to see him on Thurs and I know my meds will change. . . I have that weird coughing feeling, that always tells me my thyroids gone wacky again. I am hoping at one point I will just have to go in for a check-up, not a dose change. It would be a nice change. Dubious, but hoping. Damn genetics!! (family history of all three)

- Naomi

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3/21/11 3:16 P

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Hey Mother-sounds like you have a good doc-not many even acknowledge that thyroid resistance exists let alone will tx for it! Good deal! Some folks do well with little more than a dose check every so often and they are great-I have sister in law who has more energy than 2 people and never has to mess with her weight and has been hypothyroid since she was a kid and is now 50. I don't get how that works-mine kicked in at 45 along with BP issues and is a pistol to regulate and manage along with tremendous weight gain-even B4 I was dx with hypothyroid [i think no one was picking it up] that I can't lose. My bad back and R knee replacement don't help. So-absolutely stick with this guy and I'm betting you will figure it out!

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3/21/11 11:08 A

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I myself got switched to Armour Thyroid, now my dose is 180mg, but that's ok for now. I have to see the doc next month. It's so much better than the Synthroid! I have so much more energy and want to be active! Definitely hold on to that doc! Mine wasn't' happy with my numbers and said I was thyroid resistant. So, we keep trying. When it works, run with it!!

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3/10/11 9:55 P

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I requested to be put on it and see my doctor tomorrow. Wish me luck! Synthroid isn't working that great for me right now! Glad your having good results!

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3/7/11 10:15 A

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emoticon emoticon Good for you Jones0333! I have been on Armour since October and feel better but have gone up and down on my weight. I, also, am trying to cut down on my carbs. I can not believe how many carbs are in apples and bananas, which are my favorite fruits. Have also notices that I feel better by having less carbs!

Wishing you continued success on your journey!

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I have not been this excited in a long time... Since last Thursday I have lost 4 pounds.. yes 4 pounds and in the past it has taken me over a month to lose 4 pounds and sometimes I didn't even lose that. I feel great.. exercising..taking the armour and doing a low carb type diet. It may be all in my head but I couldn't be happier. So far I have had a few instances of sweating and feeling hot like but It is not bad and bearable. I am only taking 30mcg of armour for another couple days then go to 60mcg. Was only taking 75mcg of Levoxyl. Just keep thinking of me as I make this change and thank you all for the info.

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3/4/11 7:19 P

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the change is old news. No longer a worry. As long as you get regulated it's ok. I take more than I used to. That's the ONLY change I've seen. I grind mine up, add a smidge of sugar and put it under my tongue. If I don't do that....that's when I see a difference. I'm talking 1/4 t. sugar at most.

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3/4/11 5:34 P

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I agree with WULFIE- There weren't any inconsistencies with potency, & if your Dr actually SUGGESTED switching you to Armour, definitely hang on to that Doc!! Finding a Dr who will listen that well is rare!
I had switched to Naturethroid & didn't do well on it, so my Dr switched me back to Armour.

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3/4/11 5:27 P

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I am on Armour, have energy for a change and am losing weight! Can't ask for more than that... Good Luck with it.

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3/4/11 4:58 P

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thank you all so much for the responses. i am really excited about this change and just got scared reading all the negatives since the change in armour two years ago. I am ready to take things to the next level and hopefully get my weight under control and feel better soon.

By the way I love Zumba.. I do it twice a week at my YMCA and it is awesome. Got it for the xbox kinnect but don't enjoy it very much.

Again.. please keep me in your thoughts as I make this transition. I am just getting back on sparks so I have to update my page and get back in the swing of things. thank you again.

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3/4/11 1:16 P

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Hello. I switched from Lev to Armour back in October and do feel better! Just had new blood work done Tuesday and will have results next Thursday.

Good luck to you.

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3/4/11 12:28 P

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Hi-I have been on Armour for years. The only thing the drug company did was switch out a filler to microcrystalline cellulose-a different filler. I honestly don't know why-the other filler was actually better but-who knows. I am fine on this med-my thyroid numbers have never been better. And-for the record-there is absolutely NO inconsistancies in potency with the natural thyroid meds. They have to meet a stringent standard set by the government for drug potency just as synthroid has to-both are prescription meds. Inconsistancy is a myth that seemed to start somewhere-possibly the synthetic thyroid drug makers to sway the medical community to prescribe their drug-wouldn't be surprised. But-Armour is very similar to Naturethroid-different fillers. I went to naturethroid when armour wasn't available and had no problems.
PS-Jones-if your doc switched you to Armour from synthetics-hang on to that Doc! You got a good one! They almost never do that which means they are listening to you and doing what's best for your health! emoticon

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I'm back on Armour and haven't felt this good in a LONG time. My numbers were always changing but since I have back on Armour they leveled out. I have started taking Zumba classes (unheard of for me) since my energy level is up.

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3/4/11 11:46 A

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I am curious to hear how this goes for you as I have been considering the switch myself. I used to take Armour but was advised to switch to a synthetic due to inconsistancies of the Armour potency from month to month. I have been on Levothroxine for over a year and experienced the same level changes every 3-4 months so 2 months ago I was switched to Synthroid and have seen no changes in my symptoms and am scheduled for bloodwork next week.

Hope all goes well for you!

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3/4/11 11:45 A

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I have been just fine with the change in Armour. My doctor increased my dose slightly, but I continue to take my medication orally, twice a day. The only change I made when we faced the national shortage was to find a pharmacy with Armour in stock. Now that the shortage is over, I have returned to getting it at Kroger for convenience sake!

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I just switched yesterday from synthroid 75mcg to Armour and now after reading through some stuff on the web, I am a little concerned. I was fine on Synthroid but exercise regularly and try to eat right but my body refuses to lose weight. My levels are all stable and good or have been for last 5 years so doctor refused to change anything. Went to new doctor and they wanted me to try the armour and see if I felt better. After reading about the formulary change now I am concerned that I made the wrong choice. Is anyone ok with the new Armour or did most people give up and change the Nature-Throid? I don't know what to do .. should have questioned before I let them switch me.

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