What is Desiccated thyroid?

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Desiccated thyroid or thyroid extract, refers to porcine (or mixed beef and pork) thyroid glands, dried and powdered for therapeutic use.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Hypothyroidism 317 155
Hashimoto's thyroiditis 20 5
General health 11 6
Fibromyalgia 9 4
Fatigue 7 2

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 6
Moderate 14
Mild 25
None 180

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Desiccated thyroid

Side effect Patients Percentage
Heart palpitations 7
Weight gain 4
Anxious mood 3
Insomnia 2
Tachycardia (fast heart rate) 2
Tiredness 2

Show all 35 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Desiccated thyroid

Dosage Patients Percentage
60 mg daily 8
15 mg daily 5
30 mg daily 3
90 mg daily 3
32.5 mcg m,w,f 1
30 mg twice daily 1
105 mg daily 1
120 mg daily 1
130 mg daily 1
180 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Desiccated thyroid

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Reason Patients Percentage
Doctor's advice 32
Other 23
Did not seem to work 13
Side effects too severe 8
Expense 6
Change in health plan coverage 3
Personal research 2
Course of treatment ended 1
See all 73 patients who've stopped taking Desiccated thyroid

Duration

Currently taking Desiccated thyroid

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 11
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 3

Stopped taking Desiccated thyroid

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 7
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 16
1 - 2 years 12
2 - 5 years 13
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 10
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 198
Usually 19
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 5
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 6
Somewhat hard to take 10
A little hard to take 42
Not at all hard to take 167
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 9
$25-49 33
< $25 113
Not specified 69

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Desiccated thyroid after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Levothyroxine (Synthroid) 95
Liothyronine (T3) (Cytomel) 8
Desiccated thyroid (Armour Thyroid) 5
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 1

Patients stopped taking Desiccated thyroid and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Levothyroxine (Synthroid) 29
Desiccated thyroid (Armour Thyroid) 5
Liothyronine (T3) (Cytomel) 5
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8 patient evaluations for Desiccated thyroid

Apr 12, 2016 (Started Jun 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for hypothyroidism)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 90 mg Twice daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Nov 15, 2013 (Started Jun 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for T4 only (levothyroxine) was not effective enough)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for hypothyroidism)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: You may notice that you are able to concentrate better, have more energy, but are not jittery or anxious. If you do feel anxious you may be taking too much. I also no longer have the fibromyalgia-like or depressive symptoms now that I am on Armour Thyroid.

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 1, 2015 (Started Sep 01, 1998)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for hypothyroidism)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg M,W,F
Advice & Tips: My blood tests came out very bad . I am afraid my doc will force me to to synthetics.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 29, 2014 (Started Sep 01, 1998)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for hypothyroidism)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 120 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Since I started taking LDN I have slowly needed to go down on Thyroid meds. Aug to Sept . '14 I have gone down to only 60 mgs every 2 or 3 days!!! I am now AK testing off Chlorella and Molybdenum. I think the LDN have helped my Immune System w/my Hashimoto's, and cut my mood swings down.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 23, 2011 (Started Sep 01, 1998)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for hypothyroidism)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 240 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Levothyroxine did not not work for me at all! My blood levels where better but I felt horrible! I've titrated up to 4 gns (240mgs) of Natural Desiccated Thyroid (Armour) I've lost 18 pounds and my energy is MUCH better!
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 2 helpful marks

Feb 17, 2012 (Started Sep 15, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Hashimoto's thyroiditis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 130 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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