(Closed) bees who take armour thyroid… what vitamins are okay to take with it?

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

I know, right? Anytime I’m sick and have to take an antibiotic, my synthroid schedule goes to hell. Doctor said to take vitamin D too, since I’m low, but I just can’t seem to keep more than 1 pill in my life organized. It’s such a chore. 

If you have twitter, there is a thyroid disease advocate out there, her handle is thyroidmary and she has authored quite a few articles that might touch on some of your questions. She has written some about.com articles too… 

http://thyroid.about.com/b/2010/09/30/vitamin-d-important-thyroid.htm <– about Vitamin D

http://thyroid.about.com/cs/shames/a/supplements.htm <— Supplements / thyroid in general 

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Talk to your doc before you start taking any vitamins with Armour, just to be sure, which is what I did.  I know you shouldn’t take a calcium supplement within 4 hours of taking your thyroid meds because the calcium slows down absorption of the thyroid meds.  I take Armour first thing in the morning, and I take my prenatal with DHA and a Biotin supplement at night.

Also, have you talked to a doc about taking both Vitamin D and a prenatal?  My doc had me stop the Vitamin D once I started the prenatal, because the prenatal has plenty of Vitamin D in it, and you can get Vitamin D poisoning from taking too much. 

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

@stephanie63087:  Personally, I’d take the Vit D at noon, if you’re doing the prenatal stuff in the PM. Presumably your prenatal vitamins have iron in it, and vitamin D / Calcium tends to block the absorption of it or vice versa, so I’d leave the space between them. 

Don’t know how you can keep track of it all, I’d go nuts I think.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

Did the doctor tell you that you are supposed to put the Armour under your tongue and let it dissolve?  I was also told not to take anything, no food, or other vitamins, until half an hour has passed.  I put it under my tongue while I am still in bed trying to wake up.  

About the calcium, does the doctor want you to take citrate or calcium carbonate?

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@stephanie63087:  I actually just looked at what my doc recommended and realized that you can take Vitamin D with prenatal as long as the doses are ok, which it sounds like yours are.

I would take the calcium 4 hours before/after you take the Armour, so maybe with lunch or dinner?  As far as how much, ask your doc.  I really don’t know much about the calcium supplements.

@Sunflower–girl:  Never heard this.  It smells disgusting so I definitely don’t want to keep it in my mouth longer than I have to! Surprised

@StuporDuck:  I don’t understand this b/c the prenatal has Vitamin D in it…so how is it possible that the prenatal prohibits the absorption of Vitamin D??  Ahhhh, so many things to remember! 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

@hardtoconcentrate:  If it is under your tongue, you can’t taste it.  Really, you are supposed to take it sublingually.  Otherwise, you are not getting the full dose.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Sunflower–girl:  Interesting.  My doctor has never mentioned that.  As long as my bloodwork looks good and I feel good, I’m okay with how I’m doing it, though!  I guess that’s something to consider if I ever have an issue, though. 

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

@stephanie63087:  Is there a reason why you chose to take Armour as opposed to a synthetic levythyroxine drug? My particular doctor has said you can never really tell how much is in something like Armour because it’s made from pig hormones rather than lab-controlled synthetics. 

I’ve only had Hashimoto’s diagnosis since August, so I’m new to this world. I haven’t yet hit a normal TSH level since I’ve been taking my synthroid, so I’m wondering 1) is it normal to take this long to get desired results, and 2) If this is indeed too long, what the advantage of having armour is vs. what I’ve been given? I might wanna ask for a switch if results aren’t soon on the horizon. I hate symptoms.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

@StuporDuck:  Because everyone I know, including me, feels so much better on it. Plus, the doctors don’t get a kickback for prescribing it….

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