Can I take Synthroid and a bovine supplement Thytrophin PMG made by Standard Process at the same time?

I had thyroid cancer and had my thyroid totaly removed in 2000. I've been on Synthroid since then. I have been having some problems keeping my TSH down. My doctor is trying to tweak the dosage. I just went to a chiropractor who wants me to also take a bovine supplement, Thytrophin PMG, made by Standard Process. She says it'll be like I have my thyroid again. I'm skeptical. Will this interfere with my endocrinologist's results? Will it be too much and make me hyperthyroid?

User Comments

  1. I wouldn't.

    The thyroid produces T4, T3, and calcitonin among other things and synthroid is just T4.

    Thytrophin PMG™ Is A Special Combination Formula With Primary Ingredients Of 45 Mg Of Bovine Thyroid PMG™ ™Extract (Processed To Remove Thyroxine), Calcium Lactate, And Magnesium Citrate

    Synthroid is thyroxine (T4) and the thyroxine is removed from the supplement. T3 is another thyroid hormone that is produced by the thyroid that regulates metabolism. I see no where in the literature for Thytrophin that this is removed. This will add to your synthroid and could lead to hyperthyroidism.

    An alternative to this is to see if your endocrinologist will treat you with armour thyroid, this is dessicated pig thyroid. This way your endocrinolgist can regulate your medication.

    Calcitonin is a hormone known to participate in calcium and phosphorus metabolism. I am not sure but this may be the reason your chiropractor wanted you to take Thytrophin.

    I would discuss this with your endocrinologist.

    I had thyroid cancer and a total thyroidectomy and am also having trouble keeping my dosage properly adjusted. I just take synthroid but have been looking into alternatives.
  2. Don't listen to the chiropractor. Check with your endocrinologist first. He/she has a lot more knowledge of the thyroid than the chiropractor.
  3. The Standard Process product has absolutely not one speck of active thyroid (Thyroxine) in it. It is a completely inert pill made of dried,cooked bovine thyroid tissue that has to be certified Thyroxine free before it can be sold.

    So in this case the fraudulent product from standard process is an advantage. Its total lack of effects can't cause harm.

    But, why waste your money on a bogus product?
  4. Only you doc can answer this question as he knows what your personal situation is and whether this is truely safe or not.