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Levothyroxine vs armour

I found out I had underactive thyroid since 2011, I'm on 150mg levothyroxine. I believe I had the condition 2 years untreated, I put on a total of 3 stone. I felt better for a few months after taking levothyroxine, but I feel awful again, I've never been able to lose weight, I've been on weight watchers for a month and put on a lb lost 2lb and this week put on 7lbs, I feel fatigue, low mood levels. I've had various bloods taken, my doctor says all normal bloods.

I'm fed up now, I ve been reading about amour and how people are feeling human again on it.

Can I get this prescribed by my gp?

What can I do to get my doctor to listen on how I'm feeling without being laughed at?

Many thanks for reading

4 Replies

Welcome Nikki

Your story is not unfamiliar, lots of members have a similar problem as well as wordwide.

Unfortunately, GPs are not the best people to give advice as their guidelines tell them to medicate with levothyroxine according to the TSH and some of them keep patients within the 'normal range' which is not always the best thing to do

They will not prescribe Armour or any natural dessicated thyroid hormone as the BTA guidelines have made false statements about it even although NDT has been in use for more than 100 years safely.

This is an excerpt of a scientific study done re weight gain and levo:-

The three studies I mention above were published in 2005,[3] 2007,[4] and 2008.[2] They were published in the long-gone wake of a 2000 report from the journal Thyroid.[5] In that study, which has largely been ignored by the endocrinology specialty, researchers compared the treatment of hypothyroid patients to that of thyroid cancer patients. They found that hypothyroid patients on T4 replacement doses (dosages of thyroxine that keep the TSH within range) gained weight. In contrast, thyroid cancer patients didn’t take replacement doses of T4; instead, they took doses of T4 high enough to suppress their TSH levels. And they didn’t gain weight. The researchers concluded that T4 replacement was in fact the cause of the hypothyroid patients’ weight gain: “The excessive weight gain in patients becoming hypothyroid after destructive therapy for Graves’ disease suggests that restoration of serum TSH to the reference range by T4 alone may constitute inadequate hormone replacement.”

If you can get a print-out of your recent blood test results, with the ranges and post on a new question, members will comment.

If you can also give your medical history in the Profile page it helps members when they refer to it so that you don't get asked the same questions.

If you haven't had a recent blood test for your thyroid gland, ask for a new one and also vitamin B12, Vit D, iron, ferritin and folate as we are usually deficient and that can cause problems too.


Thank u for reply.

I'm new to this site. I will do some exploring then post a medical history, I'm due to see my doctors on the 16th or if I can get a earlier appt I will.

I will try and get a print out of my results, every time I ask what my numbers are, they say normal and that's all I need to know ...

Am I entitled to know these numbers?


Yes you are entitled to know the numbers, and the reference ranges. It's your blood.


Thanks for that. Once I know more I will post.


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