I take Armour Thyroid at 2 grains per day....Is it best to take one in the morning and then another one 8 hours later?? Or is it best to take both in the morning?? Or should I take one in morning and then one at bedtime??
Recommendations have always been to take the entire dosage on an empty stomach first thing in the morning.
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Most people using Armour thyroid are not aware that Armour thyroid should be used twice daily and NOT once a day. The major reason is that the T3 component has such a short half life and needs to be taken twice daily to achieve consistent blood levels.
Yes take one grain in the morning put it under your tongue and forget it. The the other one grain and cut it in half take at noon and the other at dinnner.
T3 half life is NOT short... it's more like 1-2 days. No reason to take it twice a day. Plus, T3 converts to T4 in the body, perhaps not at quite 100%, but don't get caught up in dosing Armour twice a day.... once is sufficient.
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Stop The Thyroid Madness » Things We Have Learned
WE, as THYROID PATIENTS who have made the switch to Armour or other desiccated thyroid over the past few years, have walked the path and learned the following.
Armour seems to work best when we MULTI-DOSE it– i.e. distribute it throughout the day rather than taking it in one big dose in the morning, the former which better replicates what our own thyroids would be doing—giving direct T3 throughout the day. We all experiment to find what works best for us, and generally, that means taking the highest amount in the morning, followed by a lower amount in the early afternoon, as an example. Additionally, many of us do our Armour sublingually/bucally (under the tongue or between the inner cheek and gums).
on top of all that pmgamer has said; t3, the active thyroid hormone puts a strain on the adrenals. so anyone with adrenal issues (like me) is well-advised to dose even more frequently so you are only lightly putting a load on teh adrenal glands. i dose 4 times a day. am, before lunch, before dinner, and pre-bed.