Compounded Thyroid Medication Options

Written by Kathy Lynch, PharmD – Women’s International Pharmacy


People with low thyroid function often turn to compounders in their search for additive-free thyroid medications. Many are sensitive to the fillers and binders used in the manufacturing of compressed thyroid tablet formulations. Patients with autoimmune thyroid problems, for example, may respond better to corn-free thyroid preparations. Others with lactose intolerance will want thyroid medications that are lactose-free.

Women’s International Pharmacy has been compounding thyroid capsules in a variety of oils for years. We are able to compound liothyronine (T3) and levothyroxine (T4) as separate compounds, or in combination with each other. These bioidentical thyroid hormones are synthesized in the laboratory from a non-animal source. They contain T3, T4, or both, compounded with a small amount of oil (usually olive) and encapsulated in gelatin capsules, with vegetarian or dye-free options.

We also compound desiccated porcine thyroid capsules in much the same manner. Desiccated porcine thyroid powder (lactose-free) contains a fixed ratio of T3 to T4. Each powder lot comes with a certificate of analysis for the concentration of T3 and T4.

All compounded medications require a prescription from a licensed medical practitioner. If you are interested in compounded thyroid hormone capsules, feel free to call and speak with one of our many knowledgeable pharmacists.