Armour thyroid, a natural hormone replacement for those suffering from hypothyroidism, is currently unavailable because of a shortage of its active ingredient (dried pig tissue that contains the T3 and T4 thyroid hormones). Until the backlog is resolved, people who prefer the combination of pig hormones may talk to their doctors about taking prescription Cytomel (synthetic T3) plus Synthroid (synthetic T4). Some pharmacies are equipped to mix or “compound” a prescription product from powder that contains both pig hormones—and in customized doses. Ask your pharmacist for a compounding pharmacy in your area.
Published: March 1, 2010
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