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This is not a weight loss medication and should not be used as such. Normal doses will not aid weight loss and large doses can cause severe, potentially fatal side effects.
Levothyroxine is used in treatment for an underactive thyroid. It provides more thyroid hormone which is usually produced by the thyroid gland. Low thyroid hormone levels can happen naturally or when the thyroid gland is injured by medication/radiations or removed surgically. Having the correct amount of thyroid hormone is important to maintain normal physical and mental activity. In children having the correct amount of thyroid hormone is important for physical and mental development. This medication can be used to treat other thyroid disorders. Unless infertility is caused by low thyroid hormone this medication should not be used to treat it.
Take levothyroixine by mouth once daily usually on an empty stomach 30 minutes to 1 hour before you eat breakfast. Unless told otherwise take this with a full glass of water. If you take the capsule form of this medication swallow it whole. If you cannot swallow the whole capsule use the tablet form of this medication. For infants or children who can’t swallow whole tablets crush the tablet and mix it in with 1 to 2 tsp of water and administer immediately with a spoon or dropper. Do not prepare a supply in advance or mix with a soy infant formula. In order to benefit from this medication take it regularly.
Thyroid replacement is generally a life long treatment. There are different brands of levothyroixine available, do not switch brands without talking to a doctor. There are medications that can decrease the amount of thyroid hormone your body absorbs. Talk to your doctor about which medications these are and take them about 4 hours apart. Low thyroid symptoms include muscle aches, constipation, tiredness, slow heartbeat, dry skin, sensitivity to cold or weight gain. If your condition persists after several weeks or worsens tell your doctor.
During the first few months of treatment, you may experience hair loss, this is usually temporary, talk to your doctor if this worsens or persists. Your doctor prescribed this medication to you as they deemed the benefits outweigh the side effects. Most people using this medication do not experience very serious side effects. If you notice any of the following talk to your doctor right away as they can indicate high thyroid hormone levels: sensitivity to heat, mood/mental changes, increased sweating, diarrhea, shaking, tiredness, headache, bone pain, easily broken bones, shortness of breath.
If any of the following conditions occur get medical help immediately: fast/irregular/pounding heartbeat, chest pain, swelling ankles/feet/hands, seizures. Serious allergic reactions to this drug are rare but if you notice the following get medical help right away: itching/swelling, rash, trouble breathing, severe dizziness. This is an incomplete list of side effects.
Tell your doctor/pharmacist about any allergies before taking levothyroxine. This product can have inactive ingredients that can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Also talk to your doctor about your medical history especially of: decreased adrenal gland function, increased thyroid hormones, heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes. This drug may affect your blood sugar if you have diabetes. If you have symptoms such as urination/thirst, unusual sweating, hunger, dizziness, or shakiness.
Children may be especially sensitive to side effects of this drug like vision changes, hip/leg pain, or headache. High levels of thyroid hormone may lead to decreased bone growth/development and reduced full adult height. Keep all medical and lab appointments so doctors can monitor treatment.
Older adults may be more sensitive to certain side effects of this medication (irregular/fast/pounding heartbeat). Current research shows this drug may be used during pregnancy, though your dose may need to be adjusted. Levothyroxine passes into breast milk but is not likely to harm an infant, consult with your doctor.
Drug interactions can increase your risk for side effects or change how your medication works. This document is not an exhaustive list of drug interactions. Share a list of all the products you use with your pharmacist and doctor and do not adjust your usage of this medication without doctor approval. Some products that could interact with this medication are sucroferric oxyhydroxide, digoxin, “blood thinners”.
If someone has symptoms such as trouble breathing or passing out call 911 or poison control as they may have overdosed.
This medication is prescribed for you only, do not share it with others. Medical test/laboratory tests should be performed occasionally to monitor side effects and progress.
Take your medication as soon as you remember if you miss a dose. If it is close to the next dose skip it and do not double up to compensate unless instructed to do so. If you miss 2 or more consecutive doses contact your doctor. Talk about what to do ahead of time if you miss a dose and follow your doctor’s directions.
Store away from moisture and light at room temperature, do not store in the bathroom. Keep medications away from children and pets, only dispose of medications as advised by a waste disposal company or pharmacist.
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