Armour Thyroid is a natural replacement for thyroid hormones that is taken to treat hypothyroidism, which is when a thyroid is underactive, according to WebMD. Proper thyroid hormone levels are essential for mental and physical health, and children need adequate thyroid hormone levels to develop mentally and physically.
Some people take Armour Thyroid tablets to treat thyroid conditions, such as thyroid cancer or some types of goiters, states WebMD. Thyroid Armour may be taken to test for thyroid function. It may be used to treat infertility if the infertility is caused by a thyroid hormone deficiency.
Signs of low thyroid hormone levels include weight gain, constipation, sensitivity to cold and dry skin, according to WebMD. Other signs of hypothyroidism include feeling tired, aching muscles and a slow heartbeat.
An underactive thyroid may be due to surgery, radiation or certain medications, notes WebMD. Hypothyroidism can also occur naturally. Armour Thyroid tablets should only be taken as instructed by a health care professional. Usually Armour Thyroid tablets are taken once per day, approximately one hour before breakfast on an empty stomach.
Because Armour Thyroid tablets are usually taken for life, it is important to speak to a physician before discontinuing use, recommends WebMD. The tablets should be used consistently in order to get the most health benefits, ideally at the same time each day.