I need thyroid medication every day

by Teri Ann Crump
(Potsdam, NY, USA)

What will I do if there were a disaster and I ran out of thyroid replacement medication and cannot buy any?

Drug stores will not give me synthroid to store for an emergency.

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Dec 10, 2015
it works
by: Anonymous

Like others I didn't do well on synthroid and had a crappy doc so ordered it from Thailand. I feel wonderful and it DOES freeze. I order usually in large batches and freeze and then thaw as needed.

I have been taking meds that were frozen for about 2 years now and I can honestly say I feel better on it than I have in YEARS. I do NOT have a thyroid so it is necessary for me. I personally do not see why you couldn't dry the glands naturally (if you raised pigs) and measured it out in doses. Perhaps there is something in old textbooks about it.

Oct 04, 2015
Unanswered Question
by: Anonymous

I too want to know what to do if you have no thyroid gland and cannot get medication--besides die.
How do you know what you get in Thailand is efficacious?
Veterinarians prescribe thyroid--but those doses seem tiny compared to what humans take.
There must be old medical books that explain how to prepare and store doses from natural sources.

Jan 26, 2014
I had the same concern...
by: Beeber

and just did something about it. It is difficult, if not impossible, to stockpile thyroid meds here in the US....unless you KNOW someone.

I am a 66 year old female...had my thyroid removed in '72. Originally was scripted Synthroid, but was one of those people who cannot process T4 into T3 efficiently. I was switched to Armour, which has both T4 and T3 in it, and I felt so much better. No more low body temp and hair falling out.

I just purchased 1000 60mg tabs for $110 from pimpomproduct(dot)com in Thailand. Researched for hours to find a place to buy and not get ripped off. This supplier is the same one who used to sell on Amazon. Amazon discontinued all sellers of thyroid meds on a TOS violation.

I do not work for pimpom or know anyone there, though I have been to Thailand on R&R in '70. Hated the heat, but loved the people.

Do your research and decide if it is right for you. All I know is that (after buying one more unit) I will be ready for when the bleep hits the fan.


Mar 20, 2013
Your symptoms while on Synthroid
by: Anonymous

From your symptoms, it sounds like Synthroid is inadequate for your needs. You might need to supplement with another hormone or you may have another problem that is interfering with your treatment. Iron or vitamin deficiencies or adrenal fatigue can mess with thryoid replacement.

Natural Desiccated Thyroid like Armour may help you. Your own thryoid was producing four different hormones but Synthroid only provides one of those, which converts to another.

You can also get an idea of your state of health by taking your temp every day before getting out of bed, using a liquid metal thermometer. Normal basal temp averages between 97.7 and 98.2. If your temp is consistently lower than that, you are definitely still hypothyroid and in need of further treatment.

Crucial tests to determine whether treatment is working are: Free T3, Reverse T3 and Free T4. Also, a full iron panel can be revealing. Some Drs don't check these because they "complicate" things but they are very important.

I want to encourage you not to settle for feeling lousy. Any Dr who would promote that needs to be fired. Keep going after your best possible health!

Feb 09, 2013
What if you have NO thyroid?
by: Wind

I have deep concerns as to the same question above.. All sites talk of hypothyroid.. but what about those who have no thyroid.. Mine was chemically killed.. So I take syntroid.

What will happen to me if I cant get it? And trust me the synthroid does not really work too well. I still get the rapid heart rate (which is why they depleted my thyroid).

I am still cold, hair still falls out. I am still tired. My stomach is a mess compiled with the removal of my gall bladder. Can I make my own natural thyroid medication? Are there alternatives for me? Is iodine my only resource?

This seems to be a good resource for your thyroid issues. Perhaps our other readers can add to this too.

Progressive Health

Feb 10, 2012
by: Anonymous

I read the comment on not taking iodine. I do take it and have been for about 5 yrs. I started out with 1/4 iodate pill which is 12 mg of elemental iodine, One whole pill is 50 mg of elemential iodine.

I was taking all kinds of vitamins and minerals and herbs that were suppose to be helpful for my heart as I was having very irregular heartbeat. I had low blood pressure, very tired all the time.

I went to the Dr and had all kinds of test done and discovered I had an enlarged heart, one valve not closing, irregular heartbeat. My cholesterol was good but they wanted to put me on cholesterol lowering medicine anyway because they didn't know what else to do. I wouldn't take it.

I started taking 1/4 pill of potassium iodate. In five days my heart didn't hurt as much ( the swelling caused it to hurt) and it got better every day. I had more energy but still not enough. It took about a yr of fussing with my Dr about low thyroid. When he finally decided I needed it he told me my thyroid had just about quite working so he gave me a sample of sinthroid. It made my heart race so I quit taking it and finally got him to give a prescription for Armor. 60 mg.

To make a long story short I am now taking 120 mg of pig thyroid( couldn't get Armor anymore) but it works fine. Finally have energy to do things. I am 72 years old and I think I have always had low thyroid but because I was not over weight they never checked it. I was tired all my life and had other symptoms. I now take a whole pill of the potassium iodate. I have read it can be bad for your liver. I just remember how much it has helped me so I still take it.

The fluoride in the water messes with the thyroid. Don't drink it. I don't use fluoride tooth paste either. I brush with peroxide. Don't start with a whole pill of the potassium iodate as it made my heart race in the beginning if I took that much. Start low and work up or go by how you feel.

All that radiation from Fuchashima is coming over here too. Hope this helps someone,

Feb 10, 2012
no presciption pig thyroid
by: Anonymous

I also was concerned about getting the natural thyroid medication when it is no longer available for what ever reason, so I researched and found a place to order it with no prescription. I ordered one mo to try it and it worked fine so I ordered 1000 pills 6o mg. they are good till late 2014. I keep them in the freezer hoping they will keep longer if necessary. Here is where you can get it www.thyroid-s.com I got 1000 for 109.00. They come from Thailand. I was concerned about that at first but figured better to try it than be with out some day. I has worked for me.

Nov 08, 2011
Thyroid problems
by: Chance H

I am not sure how you would get a hold of a pig's thyroid but Armor Thyroid is the name brand of a thyroid medicine that originally came up with thyroid replacement hormones.

They take the thyroid of a pig and grind it into a powder and make pills from it. I don't know how much thyroid hormone is in a 1mg pill but you can get thyroid hormone from pig and cow thyroids. In fact they had trouble with lean beef at first because the meat is close to the thyroid in the neck of the cow naturally they sometimes got some hormone in the beef and it caused problems.

You would have to do some research on how they originally made the first thyroid replacement hormone pills.

Feb 15, 2011
Synthroid and Iodine
by: Anonymous

Synthroid and Iodine are not interchangeable. Iodine stimulates the thyroid, yes. But synthroid is a replacement for the thyroid hormones that the thyroid itself is supposed to produce. Taking iodine for your under active thyroid can cause dangerous side effects.

If you have an under active thyroid I would not recommend taking iodine unless you are under the active care of a physician, even in a shtf scenario.

As a solution you have several options. There are 'natural thyroid' replacements that consist of a glandular to replace the hormones. But that is depending on how underactive you are. A search of the Internet can narrow down what you are seeking. Also as an option there are over seas pharmacies that do not require a prescription. It is legal for us to buy up to a 3 month supply overseas. IMHO.... You need a new doctor. One that can see where you are coming from. If your doctor gives you a yearly prescription, you should be able to fill it a few months at a time. My pharmacy lets me fill 6 months at a time. Most mail order pharmacies will let you do 3 months at a time. Also most insurance plans will let you 'renew' your prescription 1-2 weeks early. This additional time can add up to a lot of extra pills over a year. Hope this helps. Patricia

Feb 12, 2011
Natural Remedies for Hypothyroidism
by: Countryfarm Lifestyles

If you are taking synthroid I take it that you have hypothryroidism.

We are not medical people and I certainly would not like to suggest any alternatives for the medication that you have been placed on. Any additional suggestions here need to be talked over with your doctor who is the specialist here.

Having said that there are a number of natural remedies that will help your thyroid problem if you were not able to get your medication.

One is iodine, and you can take kelp tablets as an iodine supplement. Kelp is a type of seaweed that you can find washed up on the beach.

Another seaweed that is also often washed up onto the beach - and makes a great addition to your compost heap as does kelp, by the way, is bladderwrack.

Foods that naturally contain iodine are yogurt, eggs, meat, fish and other seafood, radish, parsley, potatoes, oatmeal, watercress and bananas.

Foods to avoid: Avoid cruciferous vegetables cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale) as these contain a natural thyroid blocker.

Restrict eating caffeine, sugar, excessive dairy products, oily and refined foods. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables that contain calcium and magnesium which are the best natural sources to help thyroid glands back into action.

Spirulina will also help regulate your thyroid as it contains, among other things, selenium and zinc. Most people who suffer from hypothyroidism are found to be deficient in selenium, although one only needs a small amount. Brazil nuts are a good source of selenium.

Finally, the common nettle weed is also full of iodine and other helpful minerals and you can make yourself a tea with the following:

Nettle tea:

Drink 1-2 cups of nettle tea everyday. Alternately, place 1 teaspoon of dried nettle leaves in a cup of water. Leave it for 15 minutes before using.

Perhaps others out there can also add to this.

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