By: Terry Graedon December 6, 2021 4 Comments
    Do Walnuts Really Interfere with Synthroid Effec…

    Doctors prescribe the thyroid hormone levothyroxine (Levoxyl, Synthroid, Tirosint, Unithroid) for people whose own thyroid glands do not make enough of this hormone. However, too often they don't prov…

    By: Terry Graedon September 13, 2021 33 Comments
    Do People With Low Thyroid Prefer Double Hormone…

    Judging by the number of prescriptions dispensed annually, hypothyroidism is one of the most common medical conditions in the country. Doctors usually treat this low thyroid condition by prescribing l…

    By: Terry Graedon June 14, 2021 12 Comments
    Do Vitamin Pills Block Absorption of Levothyroxi…

    If you take medicine every day, have you checked to see whether you are taking it in the optimal way? Some pills interact with foods, beverages or even supplements. We recently received a question fro…

    By: Terry Graedon May 24, 2021 35 Comments
    Do You Feel Better on Armour Thyroid Than Synthr…

    An underactive thyroid gland is a very common condition. In fact, levothyroxine, the hormone generally used to treat hypothyroidism, is the most commonly prescribed drug in the US. After a period of d…

    By: Terry Graedon April 5, 2021 35 Comments
    Will You Do Better on Armour Thyroid?

    Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland can't produce enough thyroid hormones to keep metabolism normal throughout the body. This problem is surprisingly common, affecting nearly 5 pe…

    By: Joe Graedon March 22, 2021 5 Comments
    Could Her Antidepressant Make Her Thyroid Proble…

    A thyroid gland that produces too little thyroid hormone is a very common problem. The drug used to treat it, levothyroxine (Synthroid or Levoxyl), is among the most commonly prescribed medicines in t…

    By: Joe Graedon November 23, 2020 19 Comments
    Low Iodine Levels and Thyroid Problems

    Hypothyroidism is almost an epidemic in the United States. That's because roughly 20 million people have this condition. It  can produce debilitating symptoms such as fatigue, muscle weakness, mu…

    By: Terry Graedon September 28, 2020 7 Comments
    What Is the Link Between Low Thyroid and High Ch…

    An estimated 12 percent of US adults have thyroid disease. Most often, the butterfly-shaped gland at the front of the neck falters and no longer produces hormones as it should. As a result, people wit…

    By: Terry Graedon August 10, 2020 3 Comments
    Will Iodine on Nails Upset Thyroid Function?

    Iodine is not a glamorous mineral, even though it is essential. Your body cannot make thyroid hormones without iodine. In addition, this mineral may also be critical for mounting a normal immune respo…

    By: Terry Graedon May 11, 2020 4 Comments
    Do You Need T3 as Well as T4 for Your Thyroid Pr…

    You may never have thought much about your thyroid gland. Unlike your heart or your intestines, it's inconspicuous. Its effect on your body is profound, but symptoms of your thyroid problem may be non…

    By: Terry Graedon March 23, 2020 1 Comments
    Could Heartburn Medicine Clash With Thyroid Pill…

    If you have an underactive thyroid gland, you know how important it is to take your thyroid pills on a regular basis. You may have even heard that you should not take your levothyroxine (Euthyrox, Lev…

    By: Terry Graedon January 16, 2020 6 Comments
    Show 1196: What to Do If Thyroid Treatment Doesn…

    Low thyroid function is a very common problem, affecting an estimated 20 million Americans. That is nearly 12 percent of the population. Most doctors are convinced that all they need is one lab test 

    By: Terry Graedon December 12, 2019 4 Comments
    Problems With the Thyroid Gland Can Mean Early D…

    When the thyroid gland doesn't work well, people are especially sensitive to cold. They often feel as though they have no energy. They may report symptoms such as constipation, dry skin, hair loss, hi…

    By: Joe Graedon November 25, 2019 4 Comments
    Compounded T3 Thyroid Medicine For Better Balanc…

    One of the most prescribed drugs in America is levothyroxine (Synthroid, Levoxyl, Tirosint, Unithroid, Euthyrox). At last count, over 100 million prescriptions are dispensed annually. What many people…

    By: Terry Graedon November 18, 2019 15 Comments
    What Are the Pros and Cons of Biotin for Strong …

    Biotin is a naturally occurring vitamin found in foods such as beef liver, eggs, salmon or pork. Some plants are also good sources of biotin, although levels are lower in sunflower seeds, sweet potato…

    By: Joe Graedon November 6, 2019 21 Comments
    Should You Take Your Pills at Breakfast or Bedti…

    How do you take your pills? If you are like most people you barely give it a moment’s thought. After all, the instructions on your medication bottle may be vague: “Take 1 (one) tablet by mouth eve…

    By: Terry Graedon November 4, 2019 5 Comments
    When Is Combination Therapy Better Than Synthroi…

    Doctors prescribe the thyroid hormone treatment levothyroxine (Euthyrox, Levoxyl, Synthroid, Tirosint, Unithroid) more frequently than most other drugs in the pharmacy. Although levothyroxine alone is…

    By: Terry Graedon September 9, 2019 14 Comments
    Has the FDA Not Approved Armour Thyroid?

    Levothyroxine, a synthetic version of the thyroid hormone known as T4, is at or near the top of the list of most prescribed medications. Millions of Americans need to take this medication because thei…

    By: Terry Graedon August 12, 2019 4 Comments
    How Can You Improve Your Thyroid Function?

    You might never think about your thyroid unless something goes wrong. Nonetheless, this often under-appreciated gland has a powerful effect on how well you feel. Too little thyroid hormone, and you ar…

    By: Terry Graedon July 1, 2019 1 Comments
    When Treating Hyperthyroidism Results in Too Lit…

    An overactive thyroid gland that pumps out too much thyroid hormone can be extremely uncomfortable or even dangerous. When this condition is caused by the immune system attacking the thyroid gland, it…

    By: Terry Graedon June 23, 2019 8 Comments
    Is the Salt in Prepared Foods Iodized?

    Iodine is essential for thyroid function, which is why many countries add iodine to their salt. Much, but not all, of the salt sold in the supermarket for home use is iodized. But what about the salt …

    By: Joe Graedon May 27, 2019 13 Comments
    Bizarre Brand Name Drugs Drive Readers Crazy!

    A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but a drug with the wrong brand name might sell less well. There was a time when pharmaceutical manufacturers created brand name drugs that made sense. T…

    By: Terry Graedon May 20, 2019 6 Comments
    Is There a Link Between Thyroid and Cholesterol?

    Low thyroid function is extremely common. In fact, levothyroxine, the hormone used to treat an underactive thyroid gland, is the most frequently prescribed medication in the US. Many people are aware …

    By: Terry Graedon April 25, 2019 23 Comments
    Show 1162: How to Treat Common Thyroid Problems

    The thyroid gland on your neck is not very big, but it is super important. It secretes hormones that control the activity of every cell in your body. Consequently, the thyroid regulates your metabolis…

    By: Joe Graedon April 22, 2019 22 Comments
    Why Is This Pharmacist Complaining About Levothy…

    Let’s get one thing straight. We are mad as hell about drug shortages. There is no question that important medicines have been in short supply for years and the FDA has done very little to help corr…

    By: Terry Graedon April 8, 2019 12 Comments
    Will It Hurt to Switch Generic Levothyroxine?

    Levothyroxine, or T4 thyroid hormone, is a very old medication. Scientists first extracted this compound from pig thyroid glands more than 100 years ago, but no drug maker marketed the synthetic form …

    By: Terry Graedon January 7, 2019 23 Comments
    Taking Synthroid in the Middle of the Night

    An underactive thyroid gland is a surprisingly common condition, affecting up to 5 percent of adult Americans. More people experience subclinical hypothyroidism than overt hypothyroidism. Nonetheless,…

    By: Terry Graedon December 10, 2018 19 Comments
    Can You Get Brand Name Synthroid at a Reasonable…

    Generic medicines are supposed to save you money, but not all generic drugs are interchangeable. Many people are aware that generic levothyroxine and the brand name Synthroid can't always be freely sw…

    By: Joe Graedon December 3, 2018 17 Comments
    Iodine for Scans Triggers Hyperthyroidism

    Americans undergo an enormous number of scans each year. It is estimated that over 80 million CT scans are performed annually. That doesn’t include other scans such as coronary angiography, arthrogr…

    By: Joe Graedon November 26, 2018 24 Comments
    Bad Thyroid Dose Causes Nasty Symptoms

    Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians make an unbelievable number of mistakes. It is the dirty little secret that most patients never hear about. And the profession of pharmacy is not anxious to study …

    By: Terry Graedon October 28, 2018 26 Comments
    Do You Want a Natural Thyroid Treatment?

    Thyroid problems are far more common than you might guess. Pharmacists dispense approximately 120 million prescriptions each year for levothyroxine (Levoxyl, Synthroid, Tirosint, Unithroid). People wh…

    By: Terry Graedon September 3, 2018 18 Comments
    What Is the Best Way to Take Synthroid?

    An underactive thyroid is a very common cause of fatigue. Nearly 5 percent of US adolescents and adults suffer from the consequences of inadequate thyroid function. The usual treatment is a thyroid ho…

    By: Terry Graedon July 30, 2018 14 Comments
    Can You Stop Being Tired All the Time?

    There are too many possible causes of fatigue to offer a one-size-fits-all solution. Anemia due to inadequate iron or lack of B vitamins can make people feel worn out. So can many serious health probl…

    By: Terry Graedon June 28, 2018 14 Comments
    Will Eating Walnuts Lower Your Cholesterol?

    Could eating walnuts lower your cholesterol? A few decades ago, people were warned to avoid walnuts as well as other types of tree nuts because of their high fat content. Experts expected this to lead…

    By: Terry Graedon May 20, 2018 15 Comments
    Will Taking T3 with T4 Make You Feel Better?

    Thyroid disorders, particularly underactive thyroid, are extremely common, and most doctors treat them with a single medication. For hypothyroidism due to inadequate thyroid hormone production, they p…

    By: Terry Graedon March 19, 2018 23 Comments
    How Can You Feel Better with a Sluggish Thyroid?

    Millions of Americans are struggling to manage despite a sluggish thyroid gland. Levothyroxine, the main treatment for underactive thyroid, is among the most frequently prescribed drugs in the country…

    By: Terry Graedon February 18, 2018 24 Comments
    Why Would Armour Thyroid Help Hashimoto’s?

    The thyroid gland is small and rather unobtrusive, but its effects are huge. This butterfly-shaped bit of tissue on the front of the neck produces hormones that help set the metabolism of every cell i…

    By: Terry Graedon January 1, 2018 15 Comments
    Is Armour Thyroid Better Than T4 for Some People…

    Many people have a thyroid gland that doesn't work properly. In some, the gland appears to spontaneously lose its ability to produce enough thyroid hormones. For others, surgery or radiation treatment…

    By: Terry Graedon November 20, 2017 32 Comments
    Levothyroxine and Synthroid Are Not Interchangea…

    An ineffective thyroid gland that fails to produce enough hormone needs help. That is usually provided by a prescription for a thyroid hormone called levothyroxine. It is sold under brand names Synthr…

    By: Terry Graedon October 30, 2017 4 Comments
    What Is the Story on Selenium and Thyroid?

    The body is a remarkable system. Like any system, every part affects all the others. Consequently, focusing on just one nutrient usually doesn't make a lot of sense. When it comes to thyroid function,…