Why is Armour Thyroid prescribed?
Armour Thyroid, equivalent to Thyroid, is used to manage the symptoms of hypothyroidism like lack of energy, depression, weight gain, dry skin and hair, muscle cramps, difficulty in concentration, swelling of limbs, cold insensitivity, constipation, aches, and pains. Hypothyroidism is a condition wherein the thyroid gland becomes hypoactive and fails to produce enough thyroid hormone-producing the above-mentioned symptoms. Armour thyroid can also be used to treat goiter, a condition where the thyroid gland enlarges.
What does it do?
Thyroid replenishes the supply of thyroid hormone needed by the body to control the symptoms of hypothyroidism.
How should I take it?
Armour Thyroid is currently available as 30mg and 60mg tablets taken whole (not split, chewed, or crushed) by mouth with or without food.
The dosage strength and frequency depend on every patient’s condition and the doctor’s prescription. It is imperative that you do not self-medicate and only take this drug after consulting with your doctor or pharmacist to determine the best dosage and dosing schedule for the treatment of your condition.
What if I missed a dose?
The proper use of medications is needed to achieve the desired effect of any drug. As much as possible, strictly follow your doctor’s prescribed dosing schedule. If you miss a dose, take it immediately. However, if it’s close to the scheduled next dose, skip the missed dose and proceed with the regular dosing schedule. Never take two doses at the same time to make up for a missed dose, unless told otherwise.
What are the special precautions before taking Armour Thyroid?
Inform your doctor about all the medications you are taking, your current and previous medical history, and any allergic reactions to Armour Thyroid or any other ingredients included in the manufacture of this medication.
Armour Thyroid does not cure dementia or Alzheimer’s disease – it only delays the loss of mental abilities. Take this medication regularly unless told otherwise by your doctor.
Inform your doctor if you had any form of surgery or if you are planning to get one.
For the drug label information of Armour Thyroid, click here.
Does it have any side effects?
All medications can exhibit side effects and adverse reactions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Common side effects may include:
- Weight loss
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal pain
- Sleep disturbance
- Changes in menses
- Temporary hair loss (usually in the 1st month of use; common in children)
- Mood changes
Serious side effects may include:
- Swelling on any part of the face or limbs
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
- Itching, hives, or rash
- Difficulty of breathing
- Chest pain
- Heat sensitivity or intolerance
- Excessive sweating
Other side effects not listed above may be experienced when using Armour Thyroid. If the symptoms do not go away or are life-threatening, immediately stop taking the medication and inform your doctor or call an ambulance for professional medical assistance.
Is it safe to take it with another drug?
Some drug interactions may cause life-threatening reactions when taken with other medications. Immediately inform your doctor if you are taking Armour Thyroid with any of the following medications:
- Aluminum carbonate
- Aluminum hydroxide
- Calcium acetate
- Calcium carbonate
- Calcium citrate
- Calcium glubionate
- Calcium gluconate
- Calcium lactate
- Calcium phosphate, tribasic
- Ferrous citrate
- Ferrous fumarate
- Ferrous gluconate
- Ferrous sulfate
- Vivelle dot
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for other possible interactions not listed within this section.
How should I store it?
Keep Armour Thyroid in its original packaging in a clean environment away from excessive heat and moisture. Keep out of reach of children.
What should I do in case of an overdose?
Immediately call an ambulance and seek immediate medical attention to prevent further complications or possible death.
Is it safe to take if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
Armour Thyroid is acceptable for use in pregnant women, women trying to get pregnant, and breastfeeding women. Consider both the developmental and health benefits of breastfeeding, along with the mother’s clinical need for this medication.
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