Tirosint: A New Option for Thyroid Hormone Replacement Patients
Tirosint Replaces Outdated Thyroid Medications
After years of struggling with the side effects of Synthroid, the thyroid hormone replacement medication that is most often prescribed for patients, along with doctors' denials that the side effects were real, Tirosint® is proving itself to me.
Struggling with the standard medication drove me to try generic equivalents and Armour thyroid hormone replacement, but unsatisfactory treatment created a level of frustration that made every appointment with doctors far too stressful.
To sum things up, with the Armour I did not have the Synthroid's side effects. With the Synthroid I did not have wildly fluctuating thyroid levels. Without a thyroid I had to take something.
Most doctors' responses to my concerns included a firm stance that Synthroid was not a problem and a staunch refusal to work with me on using Armour, but I didn't give up.
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Saying I am glad that IBSA developed a true alternative to Synthroid is to make the proverbial understatement. The journey of getting to the medication, however, made my already interesting situation unforgettable.
The explanation is not simple, but perseverance helped win the day. Standing my ground over the years about Synthroid's side effects resulted in being bounced from one doctor's office to another, which caused me to put off seeking help at times.
Eventually a doctor who listened and did not disregard my concerns pointed me in the right direction to a specialist he was in touch with. She introduced me to Tirosint®, but it was an abrupt introduction.
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Meeting Tirosint, My New Friend
One reason I like my current GP is that he listens and he responds to what I say with a professional and practical attitude. He takes the time to discuss, not just tell and dismiss. I try not to take advantage of the situation but just reasonably work with him.
When he recommended a new endocrinologist with counsel that it was past time to get a specialist's input because the fluctuations could affect my heart function, I saw the new doctor. Our hope is that it might even be beneficial, right?
Right off the bat, I was disappointed by the new doc's attitude regarding Armour medication. I didn't want to argue with her, but neither did I want to be met with antagonism. However, her interview and exam were professional and thorough, though a little stiff.
I knew I had to have thyroid replacement of some sort, so her manner caused me to initially resign myself to giving Synthroid another try. I guess I hoped that by some strange coincidence it had been improved since the last time I took it.
To my surprise, and as I mentioned above, abruptly, she wound up giving me a prescription for Tirosint®, a medication I had only heard the name of from a friend. The exchange was brief, basically amounting to "try this" and she told me to come back in 6 weeks to have the blood work rechecked.
I agreed, mostly due to the swiftness with which that part of the office visit took place. Take it or leave it was the choice her quick departure left me with, so I took it. My hopes began to rise that this would really be a better option.
Learning About Tirosint
Naturally, my next step was to do a web search on Tirosint® and learn more about this new medication. The company's home page provides helpful information, much of which I am familiar with, so I quickly went to the "Read More" page in the "Why Tirosint is Different" section.
RIght away, I read that Tirosint® is free of dyes, gluten, lactose, sugar, and alcohol, so I was immediately convinced that I needed to give this new medication a real chance. No matter how heartily doctors denied it, I knew that something in the string of medications I had previously tried was not good for me. Now I had a zero lactose product!
The page encourages patients to ask their doctor if Tirosint® might be right for them. This made me wonder why doctors are not explaining why this new medication is probably right for patients who experience side effects from the ingredients in the other available options. The answer may be obvious, but the issues related to big business, insurance companies, the AMA, and the FDA are for another hub.
On the Tirosint® website there is a support program for patients that includes savings coupons, but my new endocrinologist's nurse provided me with a great coupon as well as a free week's supply to get me started. The site also provides patients with useful links to patient tools and information that would be particularly beneficial to those who are new to the world of thyroid disorders.
The costs of medication will vary for patients in different areas of the country and according to their prescription insurance situation. For me, the Costco pharmacy cost effectively provided Tirosint® and they were glad to honor the 11 month coupon given to me at the endocrinologist's office.
Fast Forward from My Initial Tirosint Introduction to Today
My review ends with a resounding 100% approval rating for Tirosint®. This T4 therapy in a liquid gel cap has improved my day-to-day health and well-being.
Balanced may be a good way to describe how much better I feel, but some of the specifics are that I have more restful sleep and it is easier to focus on conversations. Best of all, I do not feel sick when I take my thyroid medication.
I have not yet asked this endocrinologist why she did not explain the benefits of Tirosint® to me and actually encourage me to give it a try. I may yet, and if I do, and if I get a real answer, I will write that hub about the relationship of pharmaceutical and insurance companies to the AMA and FDA.
In the meantime, I am just going to be thankful to at last have a good source for my thyroid hormone replacement and encourage other patients to consider this newest option for treatment.
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