Dear Dr. Gott: I have been on Armour Thyroid for many years, but all of a sudden, I cannot get it. Of course, I have Synthroid as an alternative. Well, I have tried it and just can’t handle it. Why, all of a sudden, is Armour Thyroid on back order no matter where I check? Are the drug companies not making enough money on it? It’s a low-cost drug. No one I have talked to seems to know the answer. I was hoping you might be able to answer this because I would imagine a lot of patients use it.
Dear Reader: According to Forest Laboratories, the manufacturer of Armour Thyroid, there is a critical back-order situation. The company is unaware, at the time of this writing, of when the product will be available. And, as would be expected, it recommends that patients contact their physician for substitute treatment until restocking occurs. You can check on the status of the drug by calling (866) 927-3260.
Armour Thyroid is a natural porcine-derived preparation for thyroid hormone replacement that does not contain gluten or lactose. It contains two thyroid hormones, T3 and T4. Synthroid is a synthetic T4 hormone reported to be identical to that produced in the human thyroid gland. Many people are able to take the product without experiencing negative side effects.
As with any drug, precautions must be taken, and adverse reactions are possible. With hormone supplements, the most common side effects are those related to taking too much. Common reactions include nervousness, anxiety, insomnia, muscle weakness, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, insomnia, irritability and a great deal more. There is the potential for interaction with other drugs taken, food consumed and specific medical conditions a person might have. This, as well as all medication, should be monitored carefully by a physician.
Perhaps your physician can alter the Synthroid dosage to find a level that you can tolerate until your Armour product becomes available.
To provide related information, I am sending you a copy of my Health Report “Thyroid Disorders.” Other readers who would like a copy should send a self-addressed stamped No. 10 envelope and a $2 check or money order to Newsletter, P.O. Box 167, Wickliffe, OH 44092. Be sure to mention the title.
Dear Dr. Gott: I have just become aware of your newspaper column, where reference was made to restless legs syndrome. I have suffered for several years with this frustrating condition and have tried numerous remedies, including prescription drugs. Because of side effects, I cannot use the prescriptions and have not had success with the other remedies.
Unfortunately, I did not see your original article recommending the use of hawthorn berries. I have read the testimonials of those who were helped by the product and am interested in trying it. Could you please reprint the article? I have also been taking 250 milligrams of magnesium at bedtime.
Dear Reader: Because I have received so many letters regarding this topic, I have decided to share the information again.
In the original column, the writer described his success using three daily capsules of hawthorn berry to resolve his severe restless legs syndrome. This person also had moderate success using 200 milligrams of calcium and magnesium daily.
To provide related information, I am sending you copies of my Health Reports “Dr. Gott’s Compelling Home Remedies” and “More Compelling Home Remedies.” Other readers who would like copies should send a self-addressed stamped No. 10 envelope and a $2 check or money order per report to Newsletter, P.O. Box 167, Wickliffe, OH 44092. Be sure to mention the title(s).