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Thyroid Health

According to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE), the number of people affected by thyroid disease now surpasses the number of people diagnosed with diabetes or heart disease.

  • 27 Million: Estimated number of Americans suffering from thyroid disease.
  • 13 Million: Estimated number of Americans suffering from undiagnosed thyroid disease.
  • 14 Million: Estimated number of Americans affected by Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (Autoimmune Thyroiditis / Hypothyroidism).
  • 80%: 8 out of 10 patients with thyroid disease are women.
  • 5x - 8x: Women are 5 to 8 times more likely to suffer from hypothyroidism than men.

The thyroid system affects nearly every system in your both through the regulation and modulation of:

  • Energy and heat production
  • Tissue repair and development
  • Growth
  • Protein synthesis
  • Metabolism
  • Digestion
  • Muscle and nerve action
  • Hormone excretion
  • Oxygen utilization

In healthy people, the thyroid gland makes just the right amounts of two hormones, T4 and T3. Hypothyroidism, an underproduction of thyroid hormones (the body produces too much TSH, and too little T3 and T4), is quite common as we age. Other causes of hypothyroidism include Hashimoto’s disease and Wilson’s Syndrome. Hashimoto’s disease is a condition in which your immune system attacks your thyroid, often leading to an underactive thyroid gland. Wilson’s Syndrome, an impairment in the conversion of T4 to T3, causes a maladaptively slow metabolic rate and results in a cluster of seemingly unrelated symptoms. This is often caused by significant physical, mental, or emotional stress, which may persist after the stress has passed, and characterized by routine thyroid blood tests in the normal range with a body temperature pattern below normal.

Hypothyroidism may exhibit many (and multiple) symptoms including:

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Depression
  • Constipation
  • Memory loss
  • Irritability
  • Hair loss
  • Coarse, dry hair
  • Dry, rough pale skin
  • Decreased libido
  • Extreme Intolerance to Cold Temperatures
  • Muscle cramps and frequent muscle aches
  • Weight gain or increased difficulty losing weight
  • Abnormal menstrual cycles

Although both T4 (thyroxine, an inactive form converted to T3 in other areas of the body) and T3 (triiodothyronine, the active form) are secreted by a normal thyroid gland, many hypothyroid patients are treated only with levothyroxine (synthetic T4). Some hypothyroid patients remain symptomatic, and T3 may also be required for optimal thyroid replacement therapy. However, the only commercially available form of T3 is liothyronine sodium in an immediate release formulation which is rapidly absorbed, and may result in higher than normal T3 concentrations throughout the body, causing serious side effects, including heart palpitations.

  • Cognitive performance
  • Mood
  • Physical status
  • Neuropsychological function

Two-thirds of patients preferred T4 plus T3, and tended to be less depressed than after treatment with T4 alone. Patients and their physicians may wish to consider the use of sustained-release T3 in the treatment of hypothyroidism, particularly when the response to levothyroxine (T4) has not been complete. (J Endocrinol Invest 2002 Feb;25(2):106-9; N Engl J Med 1999 Feb 11;340(6):424-9)

Many patients have tried commercially available thyroid hormones, such as levothyroxine and liothyronine, and have found combination of T4 and T3 is the only form giving them adequate relief, reporting they simply do not feel as well when they take levothyroxine or liothyronine alone. Our pharmacy can blend compounded T4 and T3 pure powders in a specific ratio by as prescribed by your doctor. Commercially available tablets contain fillers and excipients that may not be tolerated by all patients. When we compound customized dosages, we have the ability to omit any problem-causing inactive ingredients and substitute non-reactive fillers.

When commercially available medications aren’t right for you, we can work with your doctor to prepare compounded T3 and T4 slow-release capsules in any strength. Harbor Compounding Pharmacy can assist in monitoring the effectiveness of your therapy and adjust your medication as directed by your doctor, to ensure optimal results. Our highly trained compounding pharmacists are available to discuss individualized prescriptions, thyroid conversions, and all other considerations in therapy options.

Compounded Thyroid Hormones

  • T4 SR capsules: 20mcg, 40mcg, and other custom strengths
  • T3 SR capsules: 0.25mcg, 0.5mg, 1mcg, 1.5mcg, 2mcg, 2.5mcg, 3mcg, 4mcg, 5mcg, 10mcg, 15mcg, 20mcg, 25mcg, 30mcg, 40mcg, 50mcg, 100mcg, and other custom strengths
  • T4/T3 SR capsules: 9.5/2.25mcg, 19/4.5mcg, 38/9mcg, 47.5/11.25mcg, 57/13.5mcg, 76/18mcg, 85.5/20.25mcg, 95/22.5mcg, 114/27mcg, 152/36mcg, 190/45mcg, and other custom strengths

Porcine Thyroid Hormones

  • Armour Thyroid tablets: 15mg, 30mg, 60mg, 90mg, 120mg, 180mg
  • Nature-Throid tablets: 16.25mg, 32.5mg, 48.75mg, 65mg, 81.25mg, 97.5mg, 113.75mg, 130mg, 146.25mg, 162.5mg, 195mg
  • West-Throid Pure (WP) tablets: 16.25mg, 32.5mg, 48.75mg, 65mg, 81.25mg, 97.5mg, 113.75mg, 130mg

About Nature-Throid

Nature-Throid was released in the 1930s, making it one of the first available medications for hypothyroidism and setting the bar for natural treatment. It is a combination T4 and T3 hormone replacement made from Thyroid USP. Nature-Throid was formulated using hypoallergenic inactive ingredients and does not contain any artificial colors or flavors, corn, peanut, rice, gluten, soy, yeast, egg, fish or shellfish. The hypoallergenic and affordable medication is in high demand by doctors and patients alike.

Nature-Throid tablets contain:

  • T4 & T3 replacement hormones (desiccated porcine thyroid)
  • Thyroid cofactors (T1, T2, calcitonin and iodine) naturally occur in trace amounts
  • Gluten free
  • Available in 13 strengths

About Westhroid Pure (WP) Thyroid

WP thyroid tablets are clean and uncoated, formulated using only 2 natural inactive ingredients and do not contain any artificial colors or flavors, corn, peanut, rice, gluten, soy, yeast, egg or fish/shellfish. Since the tablets are uncoated, they may darken in color due to the absorption of ambient humidity when not stored in recommended conditions. However they still conform to USP specifications for T4 and T3 potency and stability.

Westhroid Pure tablets contain​:

  • Only 2 all-natural inactive ingredients
    • Inulin (from chicory root)
    • Medium Chain Triglycerides (from coconut)
  • T4 & T3 replacement hormones (desiccated porcine thyroid)
  • Thyroid cofactors (T1, T2, calcitonin and iodine) naturally occur in trace amounts
  • Gluten free
  • Available in 8 strengths

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