Nature-Throid is a medication used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. It is a natural product made from animal thyroid glands, usually from pigs. Nature-Throid contains both T3 (Liothyronine) and T4 (Levothyroxine), which are thyroid hormones that help to regulate metabolism in the body.
When taken as prescribed, Nature-Throid replaces or provides more thyroid hormones to the body, which may be lacking due to an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism). By doing so, it helps to improve symptoms of hypothyroidism such as fatigue, weight gain, and sensitivity to colds.
Uses and Dosage
Nature-Throid is typically provided in tablet form and must be taken orally as directed by your healthcare provider. It is usually taken once daily, on an empty stomach approximately 30 to 60 minutes prior to breakfast. The dosage prescribed to you will be based on factors such as your medical condition, lab test results, and responsiveness to the medication. For children, the dosage may also depend on age and weight.
To maximize the benefits of Nature-Throid, be sure to take it regularly at the same time each day. Follow your healthcare provider’s instructions and avoid discontinuing the medication without consulting with them first, as thyroid replacement therapy may be necessary for life.
Common Side Effects of Nature Throid (Dessicated Thyroid):
- Chest pain
- Excessive sweating
- Hair loss
- Heat intolerance
- Increased pulse rate
Serious Side Effects of Nature Throid (Dessicated Thyroid):
- Chest pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat
- Increased sweating
- Mood changes
- Mood swings
- Sensitivity to heat
- Severe dizziness
- Shortness of breath
- Swelling of the hands, ankles, and feet
- Swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat
Form and Strength
Nature Throid (Dessicated Thyroid) is available in the following forms and strengths:
- 32.5 mg
- 65 mg
- 97.5 mg
- Some people may be allergic or sensitive to porcine-derived products, which could cause an adverse reaction.
- Taking too much thyroid hormone can cause symptoms of hyperthyroidism such as weight loss, palpitations, and nervousness.
- People with heart disease or high blood pressure may be at risk of complications associated with thyroid hormone therapy.
- People with adrenal insufficiency or untreated pituitary gland disorders may be at risk of complications associated with thyroid hormone therapy.
- Some medications, such as calcium supplements or antacids, may interfere with the absorption of thyroid hormone and should be taken at least 4 hours apart. Additionally, using thyroid hormone therapy with other medications that affect heart rhythm (such as amiodarone) may increase the risk of arrhythmias.
- Thyroid hormone therapy can affect fetal development and may be excreted in breast milk. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should consult with their healthcare provider before taking Nature-Throid.
- Thyroid hormone therapy may increase blood sugar levels and may affect insulin requirements in people with diabetes.
- Long-term use of thyroid hormone therapy may increase the risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures, particularly in postmenopausal women.
- People with a history of anxiety or other mental health conditions may be at increased risk of complications associated with thyroid hormone therapy.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How is Nature-Throid different from Synthroid?
Nature-Throid contains desiccated thyroid hormone, which includes both T3 and T4 hormones, while Synthroid contains only T4 hormone.
How should I store Nature-Throid?
Nature-Throid should be stored at room temperature, between 68- and 77 degrees Fahrenheit, and away from moisture and heat.
Can take Nature-Throid cause weight gain?
No, taking Nature-Throid should not cause weight gain. In fact, it is often used to treat weight gain caused by an underactive thyroid gland.
How long does it take for Nature-Throid to start working?
It may take up to several weeks for Nature-Throid to start working since it takes time for thyroid hormone levels to reach a steady state.