Most low thyroid medications use synthetic forms of the two main thyroid hormones, T3 and T4. Natural thyroid medications are different in that they are entirely natural products.
The natural thyroid hormones actually come from the thyroid glands of pigs. While this may sound strange, the pig has one of the closest genetic structures to humans, and pig organs may one day even be used for human transplants.
Natural hormone treatments really work in just the same way as their synthetic cousins. They correct the deficiencies in thyroid hormone that are causing the low thyroid function.
Depending on which natural thyroid product you are prescribed, it will be 'topping up' your levels of one or both of the two main thyroid hormones. These are Thyroxine (T4) and Triiodothyronine (T3).
Both these hormones act on your metabolic processes and influence your physical development. If you have Hypothyroidism, these natural thyroid products can help prevent symptoms like low energy, fatigue or depression.
Typical starting dosage of natural thyroid will depend on the patient and the individual product. Your doctor may also start you on a lower dose of natural thyroid to see how you react, before moving you on to a more appropriate dosage.
Side effects for natural thyroid include chest pain, palpitations, diarrhea, nausea and headaches, especially if the dosage is too large.
There is also the possibility of allergic reactions. These might come in the form of rashes, itching, chest tightness, swelling of the face, chest pain, headaches or nausea.
Thyroid medicine may also make your other medications act differently. This is because the thyroid directly affects the way that your body breaks down chemicals. Typically, Hypothyroidism reduces the effect of drugs on your body.
If you are suffering from any side effects, it is always advisable to consult your doctor.
This natural hormone replacement features in a number of branded medications.
Levothyroxine is a synthetic form of Thyroxine (T4), the thyroid hormone that controls your metabolic processes and influences physical development.
Liothyronine is a synthetic hormone used to replace the most potent thyroid hormone, Triiodothyronine (T3).
Liotrix is unique in that it contains synthetic versions of both the main thyroid hormones, T3 and T4.
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