I think it is scandalous as the addition of T3 to my T4 made an incredible difference. I have since moved on to NDT but in no-way could I ever take levothyroxine again. I was more ill on it than before diagnosis (which was bad enough).
It comes down to cost obviously and I really do not know why T3 is so expensive. Is it a rip-off?
Let's face it the British Thyroid Association and the Royal College of Physicians are positive that levothyroxine is more than adequate for us. Is it because more women than men have thyroid troubles that we have to shut up and put up despite saying we are still unwell. We cannot have a life.
This is their statement re Armour or T4/T4 despite a rebuttal from Dr Lowe regarding their 'false statements'.
Their have been more recalls of levothyroxine because of inconsistencies - which is not found out until complaints are eventually correlated with. the resultant continuing suffering not only of the patients but their worried families.
This is an excerpt from Dr Lowe:-
Now, to address your rheumatologist’s assertion that T3 is dangerous, and his implication that amitriptyline is not. I think the best way to reply to him is to quote publications that are available to him. In the USA, when patients get their prescriptions filled for T3 (usually the brand Cytomel), the pharmacist usually gives them a leaflet on the product. The leaflet contains the following statement:
"NO COMMON SIDE EFFECTS HAVE BEEN REPORTED with the proper use of this medicine." (Medi-Span, Inc.: Database Version 97.2. Data © 1997.)
This statement makes a fact perfectly clear: When used sensibly, T3 is extraordinarily safe among prescribed drugs. When I say extraordinarily safe, I’m comparing T3 with drugs such as the amitriptyline which your rheumatologist prescribes for you. Below is a list of potential harmful effects of amitriptyline. This list comes from the Physician’s