There are two important thyroid hormones involved in thyroid management, T3 and T4. Hypothyroidism, a lack of sufficient thyroid hormones, can cause a wide range of symptoms, including depression, however the standard protocol that most doctors follow is to simply prescribe levothyroxine (replaces T4). While this alone can gradually re-balance hormone levels, it is not always a complete therapy. “Many patients that take levothyroxine for hypothyroidism still find they even after their levels have been brought back to optimal range, they still feel some of the effects of hypothyroidism, including depression,” says the doctors at Trinity Pharmacy, a Tampa compounding clinic with locations in Clearwater and Trinity, Florida.
What Can Be Done
As it stands, the only commercially available form of T3 is a synthetic called liothyronine sodium. The major reason why it is not also prescribed is that through a normal pharmacy, only the immediate release form is available, and it can have rather unpleasant side effects, which include heart palpitations. However, compound pharmacies can prepare an extended release preparation that has proven quite beneficial in scientific studies. The average results concluded that patients who did not respond completely to levothyroxine therapy, showed significant improvement in mood when given a combination of levothyroxine and a sustained release form of T3.
Is It Right For You
If your hypothyroidism treatment is not working, or is not providing complete relief of symptoms related to adrenal dysfunction and thyroid imbalance, especially depression, then it may be something to discuss with your doctor. Compounding pharmacies can not only provide a more complete treatment option, the can precisely blend a uniquely formulated treatment that is tailored to your exact needs. This can be especially beneficial if the fillers used to create commercially available pills cause adverse reactions. In addition to creating custom treatments, compounding pharmacies can also change the binding agents into completely neutral components with no chance of causing unwanted side effects.