There is one thing I have trying to figure out...if sugar is really necessary for optimal absorption of thyroid hormone?
It is often said that Armour did not work as well after it was reformulated, and sugar was mostly replaced by cellulose.
I have read several times that NDT should be chewed up in order to work better.
I also know that synthetic hormones, both T4 and combination drugs, taste horrible if you happen to keep them in your mouth for a second or two before swallowing them...suggesting to me they don't contain sugar, but are supposed to be swallowed and absorbed from the GI tract. During the ten years I was on thyroxine only, I did not chew it up once, but always swallowed the pill with a glass of water first thing in the morning.
I don't know if Armour went even further downhill after Actavis bought it (some posts seem to suggest this was indeed the case), but I keep coming back to this question: how many prescription drugs are supposed to be chewed up, or taken sublingually?
I take a couple of prescription drugs daily (blood pressure medication and beta-blockers), and they both contain cellulose as an inactive ingredient/filler. This has made me wonder if cellulose in NDT is really such a bad idea, given that cellulose is supposedly inactive...? Both drugs taste awful if I don't manage to swallow them the second I put them into my mouth...I am quite convinced I would never be able to take them sublingually, or chew them up, every day, for the rest of my life...!
The reason I am asking this is because I am trying to figure out what works for me and what doesn't...I have had both good and bad batches of Erfa lately, and I am no longer sure that brand can be trusted, no matter what the medical director says. One thing is certain: it does not seem to be consistent.
Has anyone been taking Armour by Actavis and, if so, did you notice any difference compared to Armour by Forest...?
Another reason I am asking is that only Armour and Erfa are available where I live, and all other brands would have be ordered from overseas pharmacies. While that could work, let's just say that I would prefer the easiest solution...