Thyroid disorders are a host of common illnesses which affect up to 10% of the adult population in various different forms1. There are many symptoms which can be evidence of these disorders including:
- Weight Gain
- Cold Intolerance
- Menstrual irregularities
- Dry Skin
- Bradycardia (slow heart rate)
- Weight loss with increased appetite
- Heat intolerance
- Tachycardia (fast heart rate)
- Emotional lability
While any of these symptoms can point towards a thyroid disorder, diagnosis is achieved through blood tests which measure the concentration of certain hormones in the blood.
Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) is the hormone responsible for the release of T4 (thyroxine) and T3 (triiodothyronine or liothyronine) and is the principal marker in these blood tests. While T3 is the primary active hormone, both are important and can be supplemented (individually or in combination) as treatment for hypothyroidism.
Just as the manifestation of symptoms varies in each patient, so do the levels of hormone deficiency or excess.
Our compounding pharmacists routinely compound thyroid medications in specific ratios of T3/T4 for patients and can be formulated in a variety of dosage forms including slow or instant-release capsules.
We also offer a natural thyroid alternative which is made from desiccated porcine thyroid and contains a blend of active thyroid hormones.
1. Vanderpump et al. 1995, ‘The incidence of thyroid disorders in the community: a twenty-year follow-up of the Wickham Survey’, Clinical Endocrinology 43 (1): 55
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