Armour Thyroid Dosage
There is no standard dose of Armour Thyroid. Therefore, your healthcare provider will consider several factors before making a recommendation, including your age, existing medical conditions you have, and the results of certain blood tests. Most healthcare providers start with a low dosage and slowly work up to the best amount for a given individual.
An Introduction to Armour Thyroid Dosing
The Armour® Thyroid (thyroid USP) dosage your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The results of certain thyroid blood tests
- Your age
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Any other medications you are taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust this amount unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
Why Is There No "Standard" Dosage for Armour Thyroid?
Because people have varying degrees of hypothyroidism and other thyroid problems, as well as varying responses to medications, Armour Thyroid is not a "one-size-fits-all" medication. Instead, the dose must be individualized. It often takes several months to find the best dosage, and this amount may need to be adjusted from time to time, even if you have been stable for a while.
It is important to understand that it can take a few weeks -- or sometimes even a few months -- for your body to adjust to any change in your Armour Thyroid dosage.
Most healthcare providers start with a low amount and slowly work up to the best dose. You will need frequent blood tests to monitor your thyroid function, and the results of these tests will guide your healthcare provider in making any necessary Armour Thyroid dosing adjustments.
It would be irresponsible for your healthcare provider to prescribe the drug without the proper monitoring of blood tests. Consider seeking a second opinion if your healthcare provider recommends Armour Thyroid without any blood tests.
People with heart problems and elderly people are usually started on lower doses, due to the risk of heart problems. A typical adult usually ends up taking Armour Thyroid 60 to 120 mg (1 to 2 grains) per day, although many people may need more or less.