Yesterday, I had a friendly and informative conversation with Philip Vogt, the President of Acella Pharmaceuticals, and Ellen Gettenberg, Director of Marketing. Acella is the company which brought out a generic form of desiccated thyroid, and which first caught the eye of thyroid patients in November, 2010. And I want to pass onto you what I learned:
Acella is different: Acella Pharmaceutical is not like the gigantic pharms we often hear about. Instead, they attempt to target the under-served markets, producing medications for particular niches of treatment, or those which are low-profile medications. They also seek to produce lower-priced competitive versions of certain medications while keeping the quality.
How they make their version of desiccated thyroid: When it specifically comes to its desiccated thyroid, they go by older version “recipes” – using more dextrose (sugar) and less methylcellulose. But in their case, the tablets are stated to contain NO cellulose. That is actually good. Their tablets are also not as hard-pressed as Armour seems to be now. I’d love to hear from folks who’ve been on Acella if they have tried to it sublingually, and what the results were.
The ingredients: Acella does a 65 mg tablet (update: this is now 60 mg). The desiccated thyroid is speculated to come from the same manufactured source as do Armour and Naturethroid. Each 65 mg grain contains 38 mg T4 and 9 mcg T3 (plus unmeasured amounts of T2, T1 and calcitonin). The inactive ingredients are calcium stearate, dextrose monohydrate, maltodextrin and mineral oil.
ABOUT THE RT3 ONLINE CALCULATOR on STTM: My brainy techs have added three more combinations to the calculator, so it is now ready-to-go to help you figure out your ratio: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/rt3-ratio So far, the feedback is very positive and we have seemed to remove all kinks. REMEMBER: you need to put your Free T3/total T3 in first, then all the measurements will appear for the RT3.
WHEN TESTING YOUR THYROID LEVELS: remember NOT to take your desiccated thyroid, or your T3-only, before labs. The T3 rises consistently after you take it, giving you false-high reading and freaking your clueless doctor out. **Picture doctor, eyes bugged out like a giant wasp, looking at lab result** With desiccated thyroid, the T3 will peak in approx. 2 hours; with T3-only, it can take approx 4 hours to peak. Recommend labwork found here.
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TYPICAL QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS about thyroid, treatment, more issues: www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/common-questions-answers