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thyroid (pork)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Armour Thyroid

GENERIC NAME(S): THYROID,PORK

WARNINGS:

This medication should not be used for weight loss. Normal doses of this medication will not work for weight loss, and large doses of this medication may cause serious, possibly fatal side effects, especially when taken with diet pills.

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Uses

Thyroid hormone is used to treat underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism). It is a natural product made from animal thyroid glands (usually a pig's). It replaces or provides more thyroid hormone, which is normally produced by the thyroid gland. Low thyroid hormone levels can occur naturally or when the thyroid gland is injured by radiation/medications or removed by surgery. Having enough thyroid hormone is important for maintaining normal mental and physical activity. In children, having enough thyroid hormone is important for normal mental and physical development.

This medication is also used to treat other types of thyroid disorders (such as certain types of goiters, thyroid cancer) and also to test for thyroid function.

This medication should not be used to treat infertility unless it is caused by low thyroid hormone levels.

Older adults should discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with their doctor or pharmacist.

How to use thyroid (pork)

Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually once daily on an empty stomach, 30 minutes to 1 hour before breakfast.

Dosage is based on your medical condition, laboratory test results, and response to treatment. For children, the dosage is also based on age/weight.

Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day.

Do not stop taking this medication without first consulting with your doctor. Thyroid replacement treatment is usually taken for life.

Certain medications (cholestyramine, colestipol, colesevelam, antacids, sucralfate, simethicone, iron, sodium polystyrene sulfonate, calcium carbonate, orlistat) can decrease the amount of thyroid hormone that is absorbed by your body. If you are taking any of these drugs, separate them from this medication by at least 4 hours.

There are different brands of thyroid hormone available. Do not change brands without first consulting your doctor or pharmacist.

Symptoms of low thyroid hormone levels include tiredness, muscle aches, constipation, dry skin, weight gain, slow heartbeat, or sensitivity to cold. Tell your doctor if your condition worsens or persists after several weeks of taking this medication.

Side Effects

Hair loss may occur during the first few months of treatment. This effect is usually temporary as your body adjusts to this medication. If this effect persists or worsens, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious effects of high thyroid hormone levels occur: increased sweating, sensitivity to heat, mental/mood changes (such as nervousness, mood swings), tiredness, diarrhea, shaking (tremor), headache, shortness of breath.

Get medical help right away if any of these rare but serious effects of high thyroid hormone levels occur: chest pain, fast/pounding/irregular heartbeat, swelling hands/ankles/feet, seizures.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

Precautions

Before taking thyroid hormone, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to pork products; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: increased thyroid hormones (thyrotoxicosis), decreased adrenal gland function, heart disease (such as coronary artery disease, irregular heartbeat), high blood pressure, diabetes.

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).

Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially chest pain, fast/pounding/irregular heartbeat.

Current information shows that this drug may be used during pregnancy. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant because your dose may need to be adjusted.

Thyroid hormone passes into breast milk but is unlikely to harm a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Interactions

See also How to Use Section.

The effects of some drugs can change if you take other drugs or herbal products at the same time. This can increase your risk for serious side effects or may cause your medications not to work correctly. These drug interactions are possible, but do not always occur. Your doctor or pharmacist can often prevent or manage interactions by changing how you use your medications or by close monitoring.

To help your doctor and pharmacist give you the best care, be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) before starting treatment with this product. While using this product, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any other medicines you are using without your doctor's approval.

Some products that may interact with this drug include: "blood thinners" (such as warfarin), digoxin, estrogen-containing products (including birth control pills), theophylline.

This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use. Share this list with your doctor and pharmacist to lessen your risk for serious medication problems.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. Symptoms of overdose may include: fast/pounding/irregular heartbeat, loss of consciousness, confusion, seizures.

Notes

Do not share this medication with others.

Laboratory and/or medical tests (such as thyroid function tests) should be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects. Consult your doctor for more details.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up unless your doctor tells you to do so. Call your doctor if you miss 2 or more doses in a row. Ask your doctor ahead of time what to do about a missed dose and follow your doctor's specific directions.

Storage

Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Information last revised October 2013. Copyright(c) 2013 First Databank, Inc.

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ARMOUR THYROID 30 MG TABLET
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NATURE-THROID 32.5 MG TABLET
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This medicine is a off-white, round tablet imprinted with "N" and "050".
WESTHROID-P 32.5 MG TABLET
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This medicine is a tan, round tablet imprinted with "P" and "050".
WP THYROID 32.5 MG TABLET
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NATURE-THROID 48.75 MG TABLET
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This medicine is a tan, round, scored tablet imprinted with "RLC" and "N 075".
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This medicine is a tan, round, scored tablet imprinted with "P 075" and "RLC".
WP THYROID 48.75 MG TABLET
WP THYROID 48.75 MG TABLET

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This medicine is a tan, round, scored tablet imprinted with "P 075" and "RLC".
ARMOUR THYROID 60 MG TABLET
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This medicine is a tan, round, scored, film-coated tablet imprinted with "RLC" and "N 1".
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This medicine is a tan, round, scored tablet imprinted with "P 1" and "RLC".
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This medicine is a tan, round, scored tablet imprinted with "P 1" and "RLC".
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This medicine is a yellow, round tablet imprinted with "RLC" and "N 125".
ARMOUR THYROID 90 MG TABLET
ARMOUR THYROID 90 MG TABLET

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This medicine is a light tan, round tablet imprinted with "logo and TJ".
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This medicine is a light tan, round tablet imprinted with "331".
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This medicine is a tan, round, scored tablet imprinted with "RLC" and "N 150".
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This medicine is a tan, round, scored tablet imprinted with "P 150" and "RLC".
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WP THYROID 97.5 MG TABLET

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This medicine is a tan, round, scored tablet imprinted with "P 150" and "RLC".
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ARMOUR THYROID 120 MG TABLET

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WESTHROID-P 130 MG TABLET

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This medicine is a tan, round, scored tablet imprinted with "P 2" and "RLC".
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WP THYROID 130 MG TABLET

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ARMOUR THYROID 180 MG TABLET

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NATURE-THROID 195 MG TABLET

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ARMOUR THYROID 240 MG TABLET
ARMOUR THYROID 240 MG TABLET

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ARMOUR THYROID 300 MG TABLET

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This medicine is a light tan, round, scored tablet imprinted with "logo and TI".

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