I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis ten years ago. I was on thyroxine (up to 200 mcg daily) for the first eight years. Two years ago, I was put on Armour Thyroid. I did just fine on it for the first six months, and then started going downhill. Looking back, I realise that I did just fine on the smaller pills (15, 30, 60, 90 and 120 mg), and went downhill when I started taking 180 and 240 mg pills. I have no idea why, but I cannot deny the difference in how I felt when I started taking the 180 and 240 mg pills compared to the smaller ones. Someone suggested that maybe I got the old formula the first time around, but I got those pills in late 2011, which means that they would have had to been manufactured in late 2009, right...so after the reformulation?!
I had read a lot of great reviews on Thai thyroid products, so I ordered Thiroyd a year ago from an online pharmacy using drop shipping within the EU. That pharmacy (Edrugnet) has since shut down, or at least disappeared, and I have no idea what happened to it. It no longer seems possible to order Thiroyd with drop shipping, and I don't know about getting it directly from Thailand?
Anyway, because I had such a negative experience with some of the Armour batches, I asked to be switched to Erfa four months ago. I cannot complain, I have been doing just fine since but, although I have been feeling more and more hyperthyroid, I keep putting on weight (which suggests to me that I'm still hypo?)
Does anyone know if the cellulose in Armour is really a problem? The US site Stop the thyroid madness seems to think so, but I'd like to hear from others? Some say that if you chew the pills up, it's OK. Others claim that only the higher strengths were reformulated, not the lower ones (which seems to coincide with what I experienced; when I went from 120 to 180 and 240 mg pills I felt worse?). Then there are some who say they'd never touch the stuff again, but I have also found a few posts saying that they do even better on the reformulated than on the original Armour...but an overwhelming majority say that they felt best on old Armour, and that they feel better on Erfa or another NDT drug rather than on reformulated Armour.
I'd appreciate any advice. How many here take the reformulated Armour and feel fine? If so, do you chew the pills up? How many are happy with Erfa? Anyone on another brand?