Do You Need Natural Desiccated Thyroid?

You may benefit from natural desiccated thyroid to treat your hypothyroidism if any of the following statements are true:

You’re hypothyroid and taking levothyroxine, and your thyroid levels are "optimal“ – but you still have symptoms

You take levothyroxine plus synthetic T3 (i.e., liothyronine or Cytomel), and you still have symptoms

You’re a “low producer” – with low or low-normal Free T3 levels, and you still have symptoms

You’re a “non-producer”- you don’t have a working thyroid gland, due to surgery, radioactive iodine, or congenital issues

You’re “poor converter,” with low or low-normal Free T3 (FT3) and/or high or high-normal Reverse T3 (RT3) levels, and you still have symptoms

You felt well in the past taking a natural desiccated thyroid drug, and since switching to levothyroxine your symptoms have returned.

You prefer naturally-derived drugs over synthetically-produced medications.

You can't afford levothyroxine plus liothyronine (or Cytomel) – or compounded T4/T3 combination -- but you feel best on T4-T3 combination treatment

Note: You should discuss with your health care provider whether natural desiccated thyroid drugs are a right for you. Remember, however, that some conventional physicians and endocrinologists only prescribe levothyroxine. You may need to consult with a practitioner who includes NDT and T4/T3 combination therapy in their thyroid treatment options.

Natural desiccated thyroid drugs are not suitable if you have an allergy to pork products, you don't eat pork for religious reasons, or you're a vegetarian. 

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