T4, L-thyroxine, Synthroid
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Levotirone is used to treat an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism).
It replaces or provides more hormone, which is usually produced by the thyroid. Low hormone levels can occur naturally or when the thyroid is injured by radiation/medications or removed by surgery. Having enough hormone is significant for maintaining normal mental and physical activity. In children, having enough hormone is significant for normal mental and physical development.
This medication is additionally used to treat other kinds of thyroid disorders (such as certain kinds of goiters, thyroid cancer).
This medication should not be used to treat infertility unless it's caused by low hormone levels.
How to use Synthroid
Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you begin taking levothyroxine and every time you get a refill. If you've any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication orally as directed by your doctor, usually once daily on an empty stomach, half-hour to 1 hour before breakfast. Take this medication with a full glass of water unless your doctor directs you otherwise.
If you're taking the capsule quite this medication, swallow it whole. don't split, crush, or chew. folks that cannot swallow the capsule whole (such as infants or small children) should use the tablet kind of the medication.
For infants or children who cannot swallow whole tablets, crush the tablet and blend in 1 to 2 teaspoons (5 to 10 milliliters) of water, and provides employing a spoon or dropper directly. don't prepare a supply beforehand or mix the tablet in soy infant formula. Consult your pharmacist for more information.
Dosage is predicated on your age, weight, medical condition, laboratory test results, and response to treatment.
Use this medication regularly so on urge the foremost enjoy it. to help you remember, take it at the same time a day.
Do not stop taking this medication without first consulting alongside your doctor. Thyroid replacement treatment is usually taken for all times.
There are different brands of levothyroxine available. don't change brands without first consulting your doctor or pharmacist.
Certain medications (such as cholestyramine, colestipol, colesevelam, antacids, sucralfate, simethicone, iron, sodium polystyrene sulfonate, calcium supplements, orlistat, sevelamer, among others) can decrease the number of hormone that's absorbed by your body. If you are taking any of these drugs, separate them from this medication by a minimum of 4 hours.
Symptoms of low hormone levels include tiredness, muscle aches, constipation, dry skin, weight gain, slow heartbeat, or sensitivity to cold. Tell your doctor if your condition worsens or persists after several weeks of taking this medication.