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Synthroid is one of the thyroid medicines that help in replacing a hormone normally produced by your thyroid gland in order to regulate the body’s energy as well as metabolism. Levothyroxine Synthroid is often given by the doctor when your thyroid does not produce enough of this hormone on its own.
Synthroid thyroid medicine is also given for treating hypothyroidism which is low thyroid hormone. Therefore, Synthroid medication is very effective in treating as well as preventing goitre which is mainly caused due to the hormone imbalances, surgery, radiation treatment as well as cancer. Do not use this medicine to treat infertility until and unless it is caused by low thyroid hormone levels.
Synthroid generic drug is available in the brand name of Levoxyl, Synthroid and Tirosint.
Levothyroxine Synthroid works best if you take it an empty stomach at least 30 to 60 minutes before the breakfast. Strictly follow your doctor’s dosing instruction and take the medicine regularly at the same time so that you remember taking it.
In children, Synthroid and levothyroxine medication doses are completely based on the weight of children. If your child begins to gain weight or lose weight, then the doctor will change the dose.
Your body will take several weeks to respond to thyroid medication Synthroid so you need to keep using this medicine, even if you starting feeling well after a few days. Therefore, you need to use Synthroid for thyroid for the entire life. When you are using this medicine, make sure that you have frequent medical checkups. Inform the doctor, surgeon or dentist that you are using this medicine.
Synthroid medication is available in different strengths such as 25 mcg, 50 mcg, 100 mcg and 200 mcg, so the dosage of this medicine completely depends upon your medical condition and also how your body is responding to the treatment.
Always keep the medicine at room temperature right away from heat as well as moisture. Never share your medicine Synthroid for thyroid with another person even he/she has the same symptoms as you.
Swallow it whole, if you are using the capsule form of this medication. Do not chew, split or crush. In case you are not able to swallow the capsule whole then use the tablet form of this medication.
Infants and children who are not able to swallow the whole tablets, then you crush the tablet and then mix it in one to two teaspoons of water, then give the Synthroid medication using a spoon or dropper. Avoid preparing a supply beforehand or mixing the tablet in soy infant formula.
If you want to get the maximum benefit from Synthroid thyroid medicine then take it regularly without skipping it even a single day. Before consulting with your doctor, you should never stop this medication.
There are certain medications like cholestyramine, colesevelam, iron, sucralfate and antacids that can help in decreasing the amount of thyroid hormone which is absorbed by your body. So if you are taking any of these medicines make sure you separate them from Synthroid thyroid medicine by at least four hours.
If you have missed the first dose, make sure that you take it as soon as you remember. But if its time for the next dose don’t take the first dose as two doses should not be taken at the same time.
Synthroid tablets should not be taken to treat obesity or weight problems. Remember that severe side effects can occur and even death if you misuse with this medication, mainly if you are using other weight loss medicines or appetite suppressants. Thyroid occurs naturally in your body, so almost everyone can go for this medication. But if you are suffering from certain medical conditions, then you will not be able to take Synthroid.
Tell your doctor about all the products that you are using such as prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs as well as herbal products.
Inform your doctor once, if you are suffering from uncontrolled or untreated adrenal gland disorder, symptoms of a heart attack such as chest pain, pain which spread towards your jaw or shoulder, sweating, general ill feeling, heavy feeling as well as nausea.
If you have ever suffered from thyroid nodule, diabetes, any food or drug allergies, osteoporosis, heart disease, blood clotting disorder, problems with the pituitary gland, low bone mineral density, kidney disease as well as blood clotting disorder.
If you have received radiation therapies with iodine recently then do inform your doctor.
Before you start your medication make sure that you inform your doctor if you are allergic to it or have any other allergies. Synthroid tablets contain inactive ingredients that can cause allergic reactions or other problems to you. So talk to your doctor about this well in advance.
This medicine is known to affect your blood sugar if you are a patient of diabetes. So it is recommended to have a regular check-up of your blood sugar and show the result to your doctor. If you suffer from shakiness, dizziness, increased thirst or urination, hunger and unusual sweating then call your doctor immediately. In this case, the doctor will adjust your diabetes medicine, diet and exercise program.
Synthroid medication is known to pass into your breast milk but does not harm the nursing infant. But for a safe side before breastfeeding, consult your doctor once.
Certain medicines are known to make this medicine less effective if you take at the same time such as calcium carbonate, ferrous sulfate, sucralfate, antacids as well as stomach acid reducers, etc. Therefore, if you are using any of these medicines then don’t take them within 4 hours before or 4 hours after you take Synthroid tablets.
During the first few months of Synthroid medication, you are going to experience hair loss. This effect is mainly transitory because your body is adjusting to this medication. But if you see that this effect persists or becomes worse, then get the emergency help immediately.
Keep one thing in your mind that this medicine is prescribed by your doctor because he/she has seen the benefits of this medicine more than the risk of side effects. There are many people out there who do not experience serious side effects of Synthroid.
Some of the common side effects of Synthroid tablets are:
The side effects of this medicine are more likely in older adults.
If you come across any signs of an allergic reaction to this medication like hives, swelling of your face, tongue and lips as well as difficulty in breathing, call the doctor immediately.
Get the emergency help immediately, if you suffer from:
Therefore, a serious allergic reaction to Levothyroxine Synthroid is very rare. Though this is not the complete list of side effects, if you experience anything apart from this list, do consult your doctor immediately.
You should never stop taking thyroid medication Synthroid without the permission of doctor, if you become pregnant during the intake of 25mcg, 50mcg, 100mcg and 200mcg medicine. At the time of pregnancy, having low thyroid hormone levels can harm both mother as well as the baby. Therefore, the dose of this medicine will be different during pregnancy.
Drug interactions can change how your Synthroid medication works or can even increase your risk for severe side effects. When you visit your doctor, make sure you carry the list of all products that you are using such as prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs as well as herbal products and share it with doctor.
Without the approval of the doctor, avoid starting, stopping as well as changing the dosage of any medicines.
There are total 191 drugs that are known to interact with Synthroid.
169 moderate drug interactions
22 minor drug interactions
Some of the medicines that interact with Synthroid tablets include Adderall, Aspirin, Cymbalta, Cytomel, Gabapentin, Ibuprofen, Lasix, Nexium, Omeprazole and Tramadol, etc.
When you suffer from hypothyroidism, the thyroid in your body is not able to make enough thyroid hormone known as thyroxine, due to which your body systems slow down. In this case, Synthroid tablets help to restore the thyroid levels by replacing the amount of thyroxine which your body is missing.
Synthroid tablets should never be used for weight loss purpose. The normal doses of this medicine are not going to work for weight loss and if you take the large doses of this medication it can lead to serious and possibly fatal side effects, mainly when taken with diet pills.
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