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Which Thyroid Medication Is Best?
NP Thyroid is a form of natural desiccated thyroid hormone which is similar but different than Armour thyroid. Both medications contain the same active ingredients but they differ in the inactive ingredients. Armour thyroid contains the following ingredients: Triiodothyronine active ingredient Thyroxine active ingredient Calcium stearate Dextrose Microcrystalline cellulose May cause reactions in some people Sodium starch glycolate Opadry white Minor amounts of calcitonin, T1, T2, and proteins. NP thyroid contains the following ingredients: Triiodothyronine active ingredient Thyroxine active ingredient Calcium stearate Dextrose monohydrate Maltodextrin Mineral oil Minor amounts of calcitonin, T1, T2, and proteins. You can see from the list that NP thyroid has slightly fewer ingredients and may be better tolerated for some people.
Drug Information on Armour Thyroid, Nature-Throid, NP Thyroid (thyroid desiccated) includes drug pictures, side effects, drug interactions, directions for use.
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Untreated hypothyroidism is associated with a wide variety of symptoms, many of which are nonspecific. In particular, memory problems and depression psychometric problems as well as weight gain are very common symptoms in hypothyroidism but also have multiple other nonthyroidal causes as well. Levothyroxine is the main thyroid hormone produced by the thyroid gland and the synthetic form is the most common form of thyroid hormone replacement therapy. Prior to the availability of the pure levothyroxine, desiccated animal thyroid extract was the only treatment for hypothyroidism. In addition, some patients who continue to have symptoms of hypothyroidism when taking levothyroxine report improvement in these symptoms when switched to desiccated thyroid extract. This study was performed to compare levothyroxine to desiccated thyroid extract in terms of thyroid blood tests, changes in weight, psychometric test results and patient preference. J Clin Endo- crinol Metab ;