Note: The information on this page is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your doctor before taking any new dietary supplement, including Thyrogard.
Thyrogard is a dietary supplement whose individual ingredients have a long-standing reputation of safety and effectiveness. Thyrogard can be taken with most prescription and over-the-counter medications.
When taken as directed, Thyrogard is safe and poses no short-term or long-term health risks. When taken as directed, Thyrogard is not addictive or habit-forming. If you wish to stop taking Thyrogard after taking the supplement daily for more than one month, we recommend that you gradually taper down your dose over 7-21 days. Although abrupt discontinuation is not unsafe, discontinuing gradually may reduce the likelihood of a recurrence of symptoms.
There are no reported harmful side effects associated with Thyrogard. Most people that take Thyrogard experience no side effects. If in the rare cases side effects do occur, they tend to be mild and often disappear. Possible side effects include (as disclosed on WebMD's safety pages for each herb included in the Thyrogard formula: (1) L-Tyrosine, (2) Bladderwrack, (3) Kelp, (4) Turmeric, and (5) BioPerine®:
Pregnant and nursing women should not take Thyrogard (or any natural supplement) without the approval of a physician.
Do not exceed the recommended dose of four capsules at once or six capsules daily. Exceeding the maximum dose is not unsafe, although it may result in drowsiness or discomfort. Before taking Thyrogard, talk your doctor if you are taking any prescription medications. Do not take Thyrogard if you are currently taking an MAOI or have taken an MAOI within the past two weeks.
In general, Thyrogard can be safely taken with low thyroid medications like Synthroid® (levothyroxine), Cytomel® (liothyronine), and Armour Thyroid® (thyroid desiccated). Keep in mind that Thyrogard may increase the side effects of these medications, although this interaction is not unsafe at recommended doses. If you are taking any type of alpha blocker, use caution until you're familiar with the effects of Thyrogard. If you are currently taking prescription medication, we advise that you talk to your doctor before taking Thyrogard or any new supplement.
Thyrogard will not reduce the effectiveness of birth control or interact with contraceptive medication. However, we advise that you talk to your doctor before taking Thyrogard or any new supplement.
Do not consume alcohol until you are familiar with the effects of Thyrogard. In general, consumption of moderate amounts of alcohol is safe while taking Thyrogard. However, we advise that you talk to your doctor before taking Thyrogard or any new supplement.
In general, it is safe to take Thyrogard if you are also taking other vitamins or nutritional supplements. Of course, we always recommend talking with your doctor before taking any new supplements.