Why don’t doctors know about desiccated thyroid extract?

Photo by Alex E. Proimos. Published under a Creative Commons license.

Photo by Alex E. Proimos. Published under a Creative Commons license.

I have a concussion.

On Sunday night, I hit my own head on my own car.  I thought I was okay until Monday morning, when I tried to walk my dog and almost passed out, so I went to a walk-in clinic and they sent me straight to the ER.

The reason I’m posting about this (and it’ll be short, since I’m technically not supposed to be on a computer) is because I talked to a lot of doctors and nurses on Monday, and not a single one of them had heard of the medication Thyroid (or desiccated thyroid extract, or natural thyroid hormone).

Every time someone asked me if I’m taking any medications, I would tell them, “I’m taking 60mg Thyroid.”

“So, you’re taking Synthroid?”

“No, I’m taking Thyroid.  Thyroid is the name of the medication.”

“Synthroid?”

“Thyroid.  It’s made by the company Erfa.  It’s a desiccated thyroid extract.”

“Thyroxine?”

“No… Thyroid.  Have you heard of Armour?  It’s like Armour.”

Writes down “Synthroid.”

One doctor eventually wrote down, “Synthroid and Thyroxine.”  Nope, not what I said.

I can’t remember how many people I spoke to as it was a confusing day, but at least 3 actual doctors had never heard of desiccated thyroid extract.

When I feel better, I’d like to answer the question I posed in the title of this post.  In the meantime, what has been your experience?  Have your doctors heard of desiccated thyroid medications?  

 

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