Posted by BarbaraCat on November 2, 2003, at 22:29:59
In reply to Re: hypothyroid, posted by cupcake on November 2, 2003, at 20:11:48
> i'm going to see if he'll let me switch to armour.
**Good luck. Most endos sneer at Armour or the other natural brands. In fact, its a rare mainistream doc who'll prescribe it, period. The old 'T4 converts to the active T3' is still the mantra out there but that's not true for alot of us. You might propose a 'trial, just to see'. The other thing he may do is prescribe Cytomel which is a synthetic T3. That's been successful for alot of people and seems to fly better in the mainstream medical world.
BTW, if you do get onto Armour or another natural brand, split the dose into morning and afternoon. Otherwise, the T3 spikes early and can cause hyper symptoms and then a letdown.
>>but will l-tyrosine have a negative interaction with my other meds (effexor, synthroid/hopefully now armour, strattera, glucophage) if i take it as an additional supplement?
**l-Tyrosine has an effect on dopamine synthesis but not hugely. DL-Phenylalanine is made from Tyrosine and has more of speedy effect. Not good for bipolars or anxious people and can raise blood pressure. I'd be more concerned taking it than tyrosine. You can try it and see how you feel. I don't use it every day cause it can feel agitating, but 1M every few days seems to do the trick.
> right now for supplements i'm also taking:
> omega 3-6-9 pill with borage, flax, and fish oils;
> vitamin b complex;
> vitamins a, c, and e antioxidant vitamin;
> and a calcium/magnesium/folic acid/selenium supplement
> (because i heard that people who are hypothyroid tend to be deficient in selenium and vitamin A and have trouble converting beta carotene to vitamin A)
**Good bunch of supplements. Thanks for the reminder about selenium. I'd forgotten about that.
> whew, too many pills!
**Ain't that the truth. Sometimes I wonder if I'm assimilating them. Lots of $$ to flush down the can.
Have you been to the About Thyroid website? It's fabulous. Everything you ever wanted to know about thyroid. Mary Shomon definitely leans towards the Armour camp. There's loads of very interesting articles too.
Good luck and welcome to the Babble Buds. - Barbara