Dr. Kharazmi shares the pro's and con's of synthroid.
Synthroid is a thyroid medication that has been around for many, many, many, many years. The pro is that it’s very consistent in terms of its delivery. If you take 0.125 mg of Synthroid you’re always going to take 0.125 mg of Synthroid so it’s very consistent dose dependent, but the only problem is its T4, it’s only one type of thyroid hormone in there.
So, when you’re younger you may be a little get away with it but, because you can be able to convert a T4 to the other active form of T3, but when you get older you might have trouble or if you’re taking other medications that blocks that transformation then you may have problems.
So, you maybe doing very well with Synthroid for many years and suddenly realize that it’s just not doing it for you. It may be that again you’re not getting enough of the active thyroid hormone, the more active form which is the T3. At that point then you may consider that you need to move to a different form of thyroid hormone.
But, it’s a very consistent drug, it’s effective for certain population, I believe in the more useful population is just fine, but again it’s downfall is that it’s only one type of thyroid hormone. Again, it’s not very natural because you produce several types of thyroid hormones naturally.
Dr. Kharazmi, M.D.
Dr. Mohammad Kharazmi serves as the anti-aging medicine specialist at the Genetic Institute of Anti-Aging in Costa Mesa, California. He attended the University of California at Irvine for his undergraduate educations and later earned his medical doctorate (M.D.) at UCI’s medical school. In addition to anti-aging, Dr. Kharazmi is Board Certified in internal medicine and geriatrics.
Dr. Kharazmi is the partner and cofounder of Sherman Internal Medicine Clinics, cofounder of Medical Information Network Systems, and member of the American Medical Association. When he is not treating patients Dr. Kharazmi is a national speaker and consultant to Pfizer, Novartis, Aventis, Sankyo, Abbot and TAP.
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