How is Your Thyroid Health?
Thyroid Replacement Therapy from Texas Star Pharmacy
Thyroid dysfunction affects many people, but it can be easily treated with compounded thyroid replacement medications. A safety concern to consider when using these medications is the specific dosage strength required by each patient. Taking too little or too much may result in unwanted symptoms.
There are many commercially available thyroid medications on the market; however, not all patients will respond appropriately to conventional treatments due to:
- Limited dosage strengths
- Limited dosage forms
- Thyroid drug shortages
- Brand and generic non-equivalence
- Batch variability with desiccated thyroid
- Pharmacodynamic variability
- Inert ingredients sensitivity
Manufactured porcine thyroid only offers a 1:4 ratio, but HUMANS require rations up to 1:11. Every person is different & needs a different ratio. We can change your dosage as needed and can tell what kind of metabolizer you are!
Compounded thyroid medications from Texas Star Pharmacy can address concerns because:
- We can formulate strengths in T3 and T4 combinations that are not commercially available.
- We stress accuracy and precision when formulating thyroid medications to minimize dosage variability.
- We can compound thyroid medications when there is a manufacturer’s back-order.
- We can compound sustained-release thyroid preparations.
- We can eliminate ingredients that patients may react to adversely (such as dye-free capsules).
Our thyroid raw material is obtained from FDA-registered facilities.
Many patients have tried synthetic thyroid hormones, such as levothyroxine and liothyronine, and have found that Natural Thyroid is the only form that works adequately for them, reporting that they simply do not feel as well when they take levothyroxine alone or with liothyronine.
Certain forms and strengths of Natural Thyroid are available only through compounding pharmacies. In addition, we can blend T4 and T3 pure powders in a specific ratio by prescription.
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. We welcome your questions and the opportunity to help.
Thyroid Facts and Figures:
Prevalence and Impact of Thyroid Disease
More than 12 percent of the U.S. population will develop a thyroid condition during their lifetime.
- An estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease.
- Up to 60 percent of those with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition.
- Women are five to eight times more likely than men to have thyroid problems.
- One woman in eight will develop a thyroid disorder during her lifetime.
- Most thyroid cancers respond to treatment, although a small percentage can be very aggressive.
- The causes of thyroid problems are largely unknown.
- Undiagnosed thyroid disease may put patients at risk for certain serious conditions, such as cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis and infertility.
- Pregnant women with undiagnosed or inadequately treated hypothyroidism have an increased risk of miscarriage, preterm delivery, and severe developmental problems in their children.
- Most thyroid diseases are life-long conditions that can be managed with medical attention.
Facts about the Thyroid Gland and Thyroid Disease
The thyroid is a hormone-producing gland that regulates the body’s metabolism—the rate at which the body produces energy from nutrients and oxygen—and affects critical body functions, such as energy level and heart rate.
- The thyroid gland is located in the middle of the lower neck.
- Although the thyroid gland is relatively small, it produces a hormone that influences every cell, tissue and organ in the body.
- Hypothyroidism is a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Symptoms include extreme fatigue, depression, forgetfulness, and some weight gain.
- Hyperthyroidism, another form of thyroid disease, is a condition causing the gland to produce too much thyroid hormone. Symptoms include irritability, nervousness, muscle weakness, unexplained weight loss, sleep disturbances, vision problems and eye irritation.
- Graves’ disease is a type of hyperthyroidism; it is an autoimmune disorder that is genetic and estimated to affect one percent of the population.
What Thyroid Levels Your Doctor Should Check
Most conventional medicine doctors only check your Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) levels. If you are lucky, they will test your Free T4 levels to see if you are low on the storage form of thyroid hormones. There are many factors involved in optimal thyroid function, so those two levels alone don’t tell the whole story. To get a complete picture of a patient’s thyroid health and medication needs, we recommend ordering all of the thyroid tests listed below.
- Free T4
- Free T3
- Reverse T3
- Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TPOAb)
- Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TgAb)
The Optimal Thyroid Lab Ranges Your Doctor Should Use
Even if your doctor does order a complete thyroid panel, they’re usually relying on “normal” reference ranges that are too broad and often inaccurate. When they created the lab reference ranges for a healthy thyroid they later discovered that they had included people who already had thyroid dysfunction! Because of this, in 2003, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists recommended that the lab reference ranges become more narrow. Yet still today, most doctors and laboratories haven’t updated their practices. We can help you get the correct lab-work ordered.
Give us a call at 972-519-8475 to discuss questions regarding compounded thyroid medications and advanced testing.
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