I have been trying both Armour and Erfa in the past year and a half. I started out on Armour and did great for the first six months. I lost 5 kilograms of water weight in the first few weeks. I chewed the pills up according to my doctor's instructions. They were not sweet, but did not taste bad either.
Then I suddenly did not feel so great anymore (I went from 120, 90, 60 and 30 mg pills to 240 and 300 mg pills). The new pills tasted terrible, plus symptoms returned, so I asked the pharmacy if they could give me Erfa even if the prescription was for Armour (those are the only two NDT drugs available where I live).
I have been doing fine on Erfa, although I am beginning to wonder if I'm allergic to it? On Armour, I was on 300 mg daily; on Erfa, I started feeling seriously hyper on that dose, so I cut back to 270 mg, but I still feel hyper. Or rather, I think I am both hyper and hypo at the same time. I feel warm most of the time, I wake up in the middle of the night drenched in sweat, I lose a lot of hair (did not happen on Armour), but I have not lost any weight on Erfa (and did not gain any on Armour either). But I've been having problmes with eczema lately, and I don't know if that could be related to Erfa?
So I recently decided to go back to Armour again, and ordered a 120 mg bottle with my last prescription. This time around, even those pills tasted awful. They taste so awful that there is no way I can chew them up, but I understand they don't work if simply swallowed? The only way I could stand to take it would be to crush the pills and mix with honey. I have noticed, though, that the 30 mg pills do not taste as disgusting as the 120 mg pills.
I conclude that I must have been given batches of the old Armour the first time around, although that was in late 2011 and they expired in 2012, so after the reformulation? The first pills I got were not nearly as sweet as Erfa (I don't remember them being sweet at all), but they were very effective - and they were definitely not as disgusting as the pills I have now (they expire in early 2014).
I feel totally confused. Is Erfa so much stronger than Armour; could that explain why I need to lower the dose? I have to admit that I felt calmer on the first batch of Armour I got; Erfa seems to be stressing my body more. I don't know if more of Erfa is better absorbed compared to Armour, as it does not contain any cellulose?
I have seen posts here by people on Armour. My question to you is: how to you take it? I think that swallowing the pills would also be a problem as the bigger pills are really big, and would need to be split. But, given how the last batch of 2 grains pills tasted, I don't understand how anyone can chew them up.
I have been wondering, though, if the way they taste really affect their effectiveness? Is sugar necessary for maximal absorption, as some seem to think?
I'd appreciate any input on this.