T3 treatment for thyroid, combined with T4 treatment is a new and increasingly popular therapy. It is vital to understand exactly how T3 thyroid treatment works. The thyroid gland produces two different thyroid hormones. These hormones are thyroxine and triiodothyronine, the hormone that we call T3. Normally, the body does not produce a great deal of triiodothyronine, though it does produce an abundance of thyroxine or T4. With T3 treatment then, the body receives more of the T3 hormone, producing desirable results. Though these results are not universal, most people who switch to T3 treatment from T4 treatment report similar outcomes.
The most common method of administering T3 is to add the substance to the normal thyroid hormone replacement pill. In the past, these pills contained only T4, but when combined with T3, patients report feeling a relief of depressive symptoms; a sense of clarity and sharpness that may have been missing before; less fatigue; and a general greater quality of life free from many of the symptoms and adverse side-effects of hypothyroidism. Therefore, most doctors today agree that a combination of T3 and T4 or thyroxine and triiodothyronine works better than just T4 alone. There is some controversy about how safe it is to “overload” one’s body with one particular hormone, and many researchers are still working to determine if there are any.
Another option, one that has also come under a great deal of controversy in the medical and scientific worlds, is reverse T3 treatment. This therapy also involves prescribing T3, but in this case, the hormone is released slowly. Like regular T3 treatment, the reverse option also relieves the symptoms of hypothyroidism and slows or even stops the production of rT3 in the body. It is important, however, that if one is considering this option for treatment, that he or she speak with a doctor about his or her lifestyle, health, and medical history. With reverse T3, experiencing high stress levels, adrenal exhaustion, hypoglycemia, or a deficiency of sexual hormones may all lead to reverse T3 dominance, which requires immediate and long-term treatment.
There are many options available for treating hypothyroidism. It is important that the patient understand all the options that are available to him or her, based on individual health and history, and that he or she picks the best possible treatment for his or her lifestyle. Any treatment should be carefully monitored by a doctor, and the patient should always be sure to disclose any and all pertinent information to the practicing physician in order to get the highest and safest level of care possible. One should never take medications for his or her condition without receiving permission from a licensed doctor, and only a doctor can determine what the right choice is for the patient. It is important to understand that T3 treatment for thyroid or reverse treatment are not always the best choice.