Synthroid was Supposed to STOP My Hypothyroid Symptoms

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Synthroid was Supposed to STOP My Hypothyroid SymptomsAre you being treated for hypothyroidism, but are still experiencing many of its symptoms? Often patients will complain that they still have fatigue, weight gain, brain fog, depression, constipation, and cold hands and feet, even though they have been placed on a thyroid medication by their doctor.  Research shows that patients on T4 alone scored worse on surveys relating to general well-being and symptoms of hypothyroidism. (2, 3) This is a very common occurrence, and here are two reasons why.

2 Reasons You Still Have Symptoms on Thyroid Medication

1.  T4 Only Medication: First, you may have been placed on a synthetic thyroid preparation, such as levothyroxine, which is found in the brand names Synthroid, Levoxyl, Unithroid, and Levothroid.  Levothyroxine is synthetic T4, which is the inactive thyroid hormone.  Your cells must be able to convert T4 to T3, the active form of thyroid hormone, in order to produce energy.  For this reason, many people still experience all the symptoms of hypothyroidism even though they are taking this medication. Taking T4 only can have harmful effects on your health because patients often continue suffering from symptoms of hypothyroidism, gaining and not being able to lose weight, getting potentially fatal diseases associated with the undertreated hypothyroidism, and end up being prescribed and using more prescription drugs. (1)

2.  Incorrect or Insufficient Dosage: Second, you may not be on the appropriate dose of thyroid medication.  It is very important that your doctor listens to your symptoms, and does not adjust your dose based solely on your blood work.  If you are still having hypothyroid symptoms, then you may need to increase your dosage, however please only do so under the care of your provider.

Watch as our doctors explain the important difference between synthetic and desiccated thyroid.

At Hotze Health & Wellness Center, we have great results treating hypothyroidism with desiccated thyroid. Desiccated thyroid is most well-known by its brand names of Armour Thyroid and Naturethroid, and it can also be prepared at a specialty compounding pharmacy, such as Hotze Pharmacy. Desiccated thyroid is “porcine thyroid” – meaning that it’s derived from the thyroid gland of pigs. Desiccated pork thyroid includes thyroxine (T4), as well as triiodothyronine, the active thyroid hormone (T3). It also includes other thyroid hormones found in an actual gland, including T1 and T2. Research shows that combined thyroid replacement therapy with T4 and T3 completely restored normal thyroid function, when it was shown that it is not possible to do so with T4 alone. (4)

If you are one of those people who are frustrated with their thyroid treatment, there is a solution!  You can get rid of these symptoms once and for all.

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1. Stability Effectiveness Desiccated Thyroid VS Levothyroxine John C Lowe Thyroid 2009 Lowe, John C. “Stability, Effectiveness, and Safety of Desiccated Thyroid vs Levothyroxine: A Rebuttal to the British Thyroid Association.” Thyroid 4.3 (2009): C1-12.

2. Editorial: In Search of the Impossible Dream? Thyroid Hormone Replacement Therapy That Treats All Symptoms in All Hypothyroid Patients

3. Psychological Well-Being in Patients on ‘Adequate’ Doses of L-Thyroxine: Results of a Large, Controlled Community-Based Questionnaire Study

4. Only the Combined Treatment with Thyroxine and Triiodothyronine Ensures Euthyroidism in all Tissues of the Thyroidectomized Rat


5 thoughts on “Synthroid was Supposed to STOP My Hypothyroid Symptoms

  1. Ellen Holt

    Please tell me how I can rid myself of all the symptoms of my hypothyroid! I’m taking synthroid but not much has changed.

    Ellen Holt


    • Hotze Team

      Dear Ellen,
      This is a very common occurrence for people who take Synthroid. Synthroid is a synthetic thyroid preparation. It contains T4, which is the inactive thyroid hormone. Your cells must be able to convert T4 to T3, the active form of thyroid hormone, in order to produce energy and resolve your symptoms. For this reason, many people still experience all the symptoms of hypothyroidism even though they are taking this medication. Our doctors recommend using a desiccated thyroid preparation, which is bioidentical to the thyroid hormones made by your body. It contains both T3 and T4, along with nutrients from the thyroid gland. We see marked improvements in our patients and resolution of their symptoms on desiccated thyroid. We will be happy to help you. Please call a wellness consultant for a complimentary consultation at 281-698-8698. We hope you are able to enjoy good health again very soon!


  2. Beth

    This describes my experience. I was on synthroid but still had all the symptoms of hypothyroid except for weight but I was also dealing with infertility. My TSH was “correct” so my previous doctor wouldn’t switch me or change the dose. I switched to a naturapath who switched to nature-thyroid and told me to go gluten free, got pregnant 3 weeks later after trying for 2 years and being told we needed IVF. I believe it was the combination of the NDT and the gluten free diet that did it.


  3. Cheryl

    I was on synthetic thyroid medicine for over 20yrs. I really had no truly noticeable change in bouts of extreme fatigue, constipation, or brain fog. I read an article about using natural thyroid medicine such as Armour Thyroid would help. I was prescribed this during the first year after diagnosis. Two years ago I demanded that my doctor prescribed Armour Thyroid. He gave me every excuse in the world not to switch. He even told me he would have to monitor my thyroid hormones more closely. I asked him shouldn’t he be found that anyway? He said nothing and wrote my prescriptions. The constant extreme fatigue is gone. I may have a bout of fatigue 3 times a year now compared to weekly. Get Dr. Hotze’ books!!! They explain so much of the illnesses I have faced in my life.


    • Hotze Team

      Dear Cheryl,

      Thank you for sharing your story! That is wonderful news that your extreme fatigue is gone. We have great results in treating our patients with desiccated thyroid, as well. It can make all the difference to switch from Synthroid to desiccated thyroid.

      We wish you continued good health!


      Hotze Team


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