According to the American Thyroid Association, it is estimated that approximately 20 million Americans are afflicted with a thyroid disease and that over 12% of the American population will have a thyroid condition within their lifetime. Our body produces two main thyroid hormones, T3 (liothyronine) and T4 (levothyroxine). T3 is the more active and potent form used by the body. However, the thyroid gland produces more T4 which is then converted to T3 to be actively used, so it is important to balance both T3 and T4. Using a combination of T3 and T4 is beneficial and may be the best way to mimic the body’s naturally produced thyroid hormones. Thyroid conditions which may benefit from compounded thyroid most commonly include hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s.
Manufactured thyroid medications that are a combination of T3 and T4 are animal derived and not suitable for all patients. Nonanimal derived, synthetic manufactured medications are either T3 or T4 but not in combination and are usually made with dyes and many fillers.
Benefits of compounded thyroid
No animal side chains due to animal sourcing, so this minimizes the chance of hypersensitivity and autoimmune reactions
note that many thyroid conditions are autoimmune related and using animal derived manufactured products can potentially cause additional autoimmune reactions
Customized dosing versus one size fits most standard manufactured doses
Minimal Fillers, typically cellulose
Available in veggie capsules
Available in dye-free capsules
Available in delayed release formulations versus manufactured immediate release
Your prescriber can reach out for a frequently compounded prescription pad
DISCLAIMER These compounded medications have not been tested or approved by the FDA for their intended use. No claims are made to the safety, efficacy, or use of these formulations. These medications may be filled by any pharmacy of the patient’s choice. A written prescription from a licensed professional is required for compounded medications. No claims are made that compounded products are generic products or can be substituted for other drugs. The preparations are compounded in a pharmacy to meet individual patients’ needs. Directions under each compound are the usual directions and should be changed as needed to fit the patient’s needs. Ingredients and compounds should be adjusted and modified to fit each patient’s need for the optimal patient outcome.