What is Desiccated thyroid?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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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 239 130
Hashimoto's thyroiditis 13 3
General health 11 6
Fibromyalgia 7 4
Fatigue 6 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
Severe
3
Moderate
14
Mild
22
None
176

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Desiccated thyroid

Side effect Patients
Heart palpitations 8
Weight gain 3
Anger 1
Anxious mood 1
Brittle nails 1
Depressed mood 1

Show all 32 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Desiccated thyroid

Dosage Patients
90 mg daily 14
60 mg daily 12
15 mg daily 6
30 mg daily 6
32.5 mg daily 5
120 mg daily 5
16.25 mg daily 3
45 mg daily 3
97.5 mg daily 3
48.75 mg daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Desiccated thyroid

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 28
Other 24
Did not seem to work 12
Side effects too severe 9
Expense 5
Personal research 3
Change in health plan coverage 2
Course of treatment ended 1
See all 68 patients who've stopped taking Desiccated thyroid

Duration

Currently taking Desiccated thyroid

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 15
2 - 5 years 23
5 - 10 years 19
10 years or more 10

Stopped taking Desiccated thyroid

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 17
1 - 2 years 13
2 - 5 years 13
5 - 10 years 5
10 years or more 8
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 191
Usually 17
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 9
A little hard to take 40
Not at all hard to take 161
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 3
$25-49 28
< $25 123
Not specified 60

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Desiccated thyroid after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Levothyroxine (Synthroid) 75
Desiccated thyroid (Armour Thyroid) 5
Liothyronine (T3) (Cytomel) 5

Patients stopped taking Desiccated thyroid and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Levothyroxine (Synthroid) 16
Desiccated thyroid (Armour Thyroid) 5
Liothyronine (T3) (Cytomel) 1
T3 T4 (Bio-identical compound T3/T4) 1
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9 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 hypothyroidism)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for T4 only (levothyroxine) was not effective enough)
  • 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 10, 2014 (Started Jul 01, 1991)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for hypothyroidism)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 125 mcg (0.125 mg) Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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