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| Taking Bladderwrack with Thyroid Medication? |
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Nadia
Posted on: June 01, 2004
I am very happy that I can ask a specialist about my question. I have a hypothyroid problem. I am so tired. Last week I read in a magazine about bladderwrack. I bought it at the health store but there is no information on how to take it. Is it before or after meals? Or only with water? Or is better to take it early in a morning? I would be very thankful if you can tell me more about how to take this product. I brought 600 mg capsules. I take "Armour thyroid" every morning.
Bladderwrack should not be used with other thyroid medication. Armour thyroid is a brand of thyroid medication that contains thyroid hormones derived from the pig. It is useful especially for those who cannot convert the synthetic T4 thyroxin in synthetic drugs to T3. Bladderwrack is a seaweed that contains iodine, which stimulates the thyroid in iodine- deficient hypothyroid disease. Using both bladderwrack and thyroid medication can cause overstimulation, with hyperthyroid symptoms that may include sweating, rapid heartbeat, and nervousness. It is dangerous to treat the thyroid without expert consultation.
Bladderwrack products can contain the dried plant, and sometimes a stronger extract of the plant. I cannot advise you of the recommended dose of your particular product. Bladderwrack is usually taken three times daily, after meals.