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A Look at Natural Desiccated Thyroid Hormone Replacement Drugs

The category of natural desiccated thyroid drugs have been in use for more than 100 years. These drugs -- which include the well-known brand names Armour Thyroid and Nature-throid in the United States -- remain popular with holistic, alternative and integrative physicians as a thyroid hormone replacement treatment to resolve hypothyroidism. They are considered an alternative to the more widely prescribed synthetic thyroid drug levothyroxine (brand names include Synthroid, Levoxyl, Tirostint, and Unithroid.)

Natural desiccated thyroid drugs -- abbreviated as NDT -- are controversial, however, and it can be a challenge to find doctors who will prescribe them. Meanwhile, the drugs regularly come under attack by mainstream and conventional medical organizations and physicians, sometimes unfairly.

Learn more about natural thyroid drugs, the criticisms against, them, whether or not they are an appropriate treatment for you, and how to get your doctor to prescribe them. 

Do You Need Natural Thyroid or T3 Treatment?

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If you are on thyroid hormone replacement drugs (i.e., generic levothyroxine, or the Synthroid, Levoxyl, Unthroid or Tirosint brands) and are not feeling well, one possibility is that you may benefit from adding T3, or switching to a thyroid medication like natural desiccated thyroid that includes T3. 

Natural Desiccated Thyroid Drugs Deemed Safe

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 For fans of natural desiccated thyroid, there was important news for thyroid patients that came out of the Endocrine Society Annual Meeting, which took place June of 2013 in San Francisco. Learn more about this news and research now.

What Is the Best Thyroid Medication?

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Thyroid patients often ask: "What is the best thyroid drug to treat hypothyroidism?" Take a look at why there isn't an easy, cut-and-dry answer, and explore which medication is the best for you.

Why Your Endocrinologist May Oppose Natural Thyroid

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Why do some endocrinologists and physicians consider natural thyroid drugs "antiquated?" Learn about the history of natural thyroid drugs, and why some physicians are so negative about them as a treatment for hypothyroidism

Troubleshooting Your Thyroid Hormone Replacement Drug Treatment

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When your thyroid hormone replacement treatment doesn't seem to be working as well as it should, there are some factors to troubleshoot. Learn more about them now

The T4/T3 Thyroid Drug Controversy

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 As noted, the standard, conventional treatment for hypothyroidism is a levothyroxine drug alone. The addition of T3 to the levothyroxine/T4-only treatment -- or use of NDT drugs --  is a controversy, and the topic of ongoing research and discussion. This treatment controversy is explored in greater detail here.

Study Finds Patients Prefer Combination T4/T3 Treatment

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 Research published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism reported on a study that found that patients preferred thyroid treatment that included a combination of levothyroxine (T4) and T3, rather than the usual levothyroxine (T4 only) treatment, and that combination treatment was associated with weight loss. Learn more about the study now

Why Does Your Doctor Refuse to Prescribe Armour?

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 If your doctor refuses to prescribe Armour, and instead insists on another drug, you are in the same situation faced by many other a patient. Find out what you can do to resolve the situation

Natural Desiccated Thyroid as Thyroid Treatment

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It's no secret that natural desiccated thyroid drugs - a prescription form of thyroid hormone replacement - have been a controversy for years in the thyroid community. ​ Find out more about the controversy and what it means for you

Natural Desiccated Thyroid Shortage: A Look Back

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 During 2009 and 2010, the unprecedented shortages of natural desiccated thyroid drugs -- like Armour Thyroid and Nature-Throid -- has caused major shortages, backorders, and concerns for patients. Take a historical look back at the key coverage of the issue.

Worst Pills, Best Pills Attack on Armour Thyroid


Worst Pills, Best Pills, a newsletter published by the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen, published an article saying that patients should not use natural or desiccated thyroid for thyroid hormone replacement therapy. This article looks at the controversy.

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