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thyroid

1. of or relating to the thyroid gland
2. of or relating to the largest cartilage of the larynx
4. the powdered preparation made from the thyroid gland of certain animals, used to treat hypothyroidism
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thyroid

[′thī‚rȯid]
(pharmacology)
Dried and powdered thyroid gland which contains about 0.2% iodine in combination, especially as thyroxine, and is used therapeutically in the treatment of thyroid deficiencies.
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The expert witness said Armour Thyroid was unlicensed in the UK and was also concerned that Thyroxine given to patients with general symptoms could lead to problems of osteoporosis and heart rhythm irregularities.
Kellman has found that the symptoms mentioned above may actually be caused in the elderly by hypothyroidism, which responds within weeks to treatment with Armour Thyroid (a type of hormone replacement therapy from natural porcine sources) and pure T4.
Editor--glad you are writing about the Armour Thyroid debacle in the US.
I have been on Armour Thyroid for over 30 years, and I recently went to my pharmacy to have my prescription filled, only to find out that there is a worldwide shortage.
Although there were rumors about a possible shortage of desiccated thyroid starting in 2007 and scattered shortages at certain pharmacies in 2008, Armour Thyroid did not disappear from the shelves until August of this year.
One week later, they were switched to Armour Thyroid 60 mg twice a day for three more months.
I have treated countless hypothyroid patients who responded to mildly increased supplemental doses of Armour thyroid or a combination of Synthroid (T4) and Cytomel (T3), which would not have been warranted by laboratory results.