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The Thyroid is a common area of concern amongst women, especially in their menopausal years.
Thyroid function contributes to a number of important functions in the body. When the Thyroid gland becomes impaired, various symptoms may be experienced that can cause a woman to feel tired, moody and like she does not have the energy to go about her daily life.
While women are usually the prime suspect of Thyroid dysfunctions, men can also be affected by disorders of this vital gland in the body.
Hypothyroidism is the most prevalent Thyroid disorder throughout the world. This condition refers to a deficiency of important Thyroid hormones in the body, which leads to a slower metabolism, as well as additional symptoms that can have unpleasant consequences in-store for an affected individual.
Fortunately, the treatment protocols that are currently available for patients with Hypothyroidism is known to be relatively effective in improving Thyroid hormone levels in the body.
WP Thyroid has become a popular option to assist with the treatment of Hypothyroidism in some countries, and may provide a better approach to elevating levels of active circulating Thyroid hormones in the body when compared to some of the more traditional pharmaceutical approaches – including the use of Synthroid or a similar drug.
In this post, we’ll take a look at the difference between WP Thyroid and the more common prescription drugs used to treat Hypothyroidism, and take a closer look at what WP Thyroid is, how this product works, the benefits of using the product, as well as consider possible side-effects and interactions that need to be taken into account when taking this medication.
How WP Thyroid Defers From Synthroid
Impaired Thyroid function is the most common issue to affect the endocrine system amongst the general population, and more than 23 million prescriptions are written for a synthetic drug to provide an increase in Thyroid hormones for patients each year1.
Read any publication that describes the treatment of Hypothyroidism and you are sure to be presented with details about levothyroxine as the primary option for treating the condition. Levothyroxine is a synthetically-produced type of thyroxine2, also called T4.
Thyroxine is one of the two hormones produced by the Thyroid hormone. The hormone is converted into T3, or triiodothyronine, in the body, which is a potent Thyroid hormone that is important for metabolism and other functions in the body.
WP Thyroid is somewhat different from Synthroid and other pharmaceutical inventions that utilized levothyroxine as the active ingredient. While levothyroxine medication utilized a synthetic Thyroid hormone to help improve levels of Thyroxine in the patient’s body, WP Thyroid rather takes a more natural approach to restoring normal levels of Thyroid hormones.
Instead of introducing synthetic hormones into the body of the patient, WP Thyroid rather utilizes natural Thyroid that has been extracted from the Thyroid glands of animals. In most cases, these natural Thyroid hormone replacement medication uses hormones that come from a pig’s Thyroid gland.
The Working Process Of WP Thyroid
When taking any type of medication, one of the most important factors for any patient should be the working action behind the drugs that they will be taking. This will help the patient understand what the drugs will do to their body, and also help them realize if any dangers or risks might occur while taking the drugs.
The foundation of WP Thyroid is similar to drugs like Synthroid – the purpose of WP Thyroid is to provide an elevation of Thyroid hormones in the patient’s body by directly supplementing the body with Thyroid hormones3.
WP Thyroid works differently from Synthroid by including naturally-extracted hormones instead of hormones that have been synthetically-produced in a laboratory. Another important difference to note between the use of levothyroxine and a product like WP Thyroid that uses naturally-extracted Thyroid hormones is the type of hormones included in the medication.
With Synthroid and similar pharmaceutical approaches to the treatment of Hypothyroidism, levothyroxine is the only active ingredient used – levothyroxine is a synthetic version of thyroxine. WP Thyroid, instead, provides a dose of both thyroxine and triiodothyronine in one solution.
Thyroxine is considered to be a less potent type of Thyroid hormone.
While still important for overall metabolism, it is important to note that triiodothyronine is a much more potent hormone of the Thyroid gland, and can provide more effective improvements in metabolism. Hormones produced by the Thyroid gland consists of approximately 80% thyroxine and only around 20% triiodothyronine.
The body has enzymes that are responsible for converting thyroxine hormones into triiodothyronine, however, which acts based upon the requirements for triiodothyronine.
In many patients, the use of thyroxine replacement as a treatment for Hypothyroidism does not seem to be the most effective approach.
While the body is naturally supposed to take this hormone and convert it into triiodothyronine, there are patients who does not seem to respond well to this treatment option as their body does not convert enough thyroxine into triiodothyronine.
This makes WP Thyroid are more effective approach, since even when the body is unable to effectively convert enough thyroxine to triiodothyronine,
WP Thyroid also provides the body with triiodothyronine hormones.
Risks And Side-Effects Associated With WP Thyroid
WP Thyroid has been associated with a number of benefits, especially when compared to Synthroid and other synthetic options. At the same time, it is important to note that risks and side-effects exist with the use of WP Thyroid, just like with any other type of medication used to treat Thyroid disorders.
The most important risk associated with WP Thyroid would be the possibility that an incorrect dosage could cause elevated levels of Thyroid hormones to become too high.
In turn, this would lead to the development of Hyperthyroidism, instead of providing a healthy balance of Thyroid hormones.
There are some particular side-effects that individuals undergoing treatment with WP Thyroid4 should be cautious of. In particular, when any of the following side-effects start to occur after taking this medication, a patient is advised to contact their physician:
- Significant changes that occurs with the patient’s appetite, such as feeling hungry all the time or not feeling hungry at all.
- The development of chest pain, as well as an irregular heartbeat. A faster-than-normal heartbeat should also be a concern for a patient taking WP Thyroid medication.
- Sudden reductions in weight.
- Feelings of irritability and nervousness.
- Breathing problems.
- Excessive sweating.
- Sleeping problems, such as the development of insomnia.
- Abdominal distress, which may be accompanied by diarrhea. Vomiting may also occur.
- An abnormal sensitivity to heated temperatures.
Should any of these side-effects develop, a physician will need to act upon the fact that Thyroid hormones in the patient’s body might have elevated too much. In such a case, the physician and patient is faced with two options:
- The physician may choose to reduce the dosage that the patient is currently taking in order to address the side-effects experience. The significance of the side-effects will help the physician determine how much of a reduction in the dosage may be required to eliminate these side-effects. Blood tests can also be ordered to provide a more accurate data to address the side-effects more effectively.
- Another option would be for the physician to recommend the patient stops taking WP Thyroid for some time in order to reduce levels of Thyroid hormones in their body. Once the side-effects have subsided, then the physician may advise the patient to undergo treatment with WP Thyroid again. When the patient resumes with their WP Thyroid treatment, the dosage they are started off with will be lower than what they took prior to experiencing side-effects.
Possible Interactions Of WP Thyroid
It is important to always understand possible interactions between any medication taken. Interactions can cause serious side-effects, as well as affect the way certain types of medication work in the body.
Further research still needs to be conducted in order to provide a more extensive interaction profile for the use of WP Thyroid. Current data available on WP Thyroid suggests that patients may experience adverse effects when this medication is used with the following types of medication:
- Birth control medication
- Medication that contains estrogen hormones
- Warfarin and other blood thinners
Patients should discuss any medication they are currently taking with their physician before they are prescribed WP Thyroid. Additional interactions might occur that is not listed above – a physician needs to be aware of any medication the patient is taking to provide appropriate dosage and usage instructions, with the aim to minimize the risk of interactions and adverse effects.
In addition to these possible drug interactions, it is also important to understand that WP Thyroid should not be used with alcohol.
Alcohol consumption with some medication has been associated with both pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic interactions5, which means using WP Thyroid together with alcohol can affect the way the active ingredient in the medication acts in the body. The bioavailability of both alcohol and WP Thyroid may also be altered when these two are used together.
Dosage And How To Use WP Thyroid
Once a patient is diagnosed with Hypothyroidism, a physician will determine the most appropriate dosage of WP Thyroid for the patient. The dosage of the medication will be decided based on blood tests performed prior to the diagnoses.
These blood tests will provide the physician with essential information regarding the Thyroid hormone levels in the patient’s body. It is important to understand that it is often difficult for a physician to provide an accurate dosage for the patient on the first prescription; thus the patient should expect a few changes in their dosage during the first few months until the physician and patient find the perfect dose.
It is vital for the patient to adhere to the dosage instructions described by the physician. Taking too much WP Thyroid medication can cause hazardous adverse effects in the body, which could be harmful to the patient’s health.
A patient should never take more WP Thyroid than what was prescribed.
WP Thyroid is usually taken first thing in the morning after the patient wakes up. The medication should not be taken with food, but rather approximately an hour before having breakfast. Should a patient consume food before taking the medication, they should wait at least an hour before taking their daily dosage.
Additionally, it is recommended not to take WP Thyroid with other medication due to the risk of interactions.
Patients taking additional daily medications should provide a time-gap of at least four hours between taking WP Thyroid and the other medication.
Low Thyroid hormones in the body can lead to fatigue, weight gain, digestion problems, muscle weakness and more.
These symptoms can be hazardous to an affected individual’s daily life, and cause them to experience a poor quality-of-life.
There are numerous treatments that have shown promising results when used to elevate levels of Thyroid hormones in the body.
While Synthroid and other synthetic Thyroid hormone options are currently the preferred option for the treatment of Hypothyroidism amongst most physicians, the medical industry is becoming more aware of the potential benefits that WP Thyroid may hold over the use of a synthetic option.
1 Ali J. Chakera, Simon H.S. Pearce, Bijay Vaidya. Treatment for primary hypothyroidism: current approaches and future possibilities. Dovepress. 22 December 2011. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3267517/
2 Multiple Authors. Guidelines for the Treatment of Hypothyroidism: Prepared by the American Thyroid Association Task Force on Thyroid Hormone Replacement. Thyroid Journal. 1 December 2014. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4267409/
3 Levothyroxine. NHS. https://beta.nhs.uk/medicines/levothyroxine/
4 WP Thyroid Side Effects. Drugs.com. https://www.drugs.com/sfx/wp-thyroid-side-effects.html
5 Johnson B.A., Seneviratne C. Alcohol-medical drug interactions. U.S. National Library of Medicine. 2014. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25307595