Synthroid is generically known as Levothyroxine. It classified under thyroid medicines meant for the replacement of thyroid hormone made by the thyroid gland for the regulation of the energy and metabolism in the body. It works effectively for the therapy of hypothyroidism. It is also used for the treatment and prevention of enlarged thyroid gland (goiter) and thyroid cancer. Levothyroxine is in use when there is a reduction in the quantity of the hormone produced by the thyroid.
Levothyroxine contains the following composite:
- Magnesium stearate;
- Confectioner’s sugar with corn starch;
- Lactose monohydrate;
Mode of Indication, Dosage, and Duration of Treatment
It is advisable to adhere to all given instructions by your doctor or those found on the prescription label. There may be changes in your dose by your doctor purposely for effective treatment outcome. In most times, Synthroid is advised to be taken an hour or a half before a meal in the morning. Ensure you take the prescribed doses at a constant time daily. You should continue the intake of Synthroid even after recovery. In a situation whereby Levothyroxine is used for children that eventually leads to the gaining or losing of weight, there may be a change in the dose needs. Synthroid is for personal use; ensure that you do not share it with someone else.
You should ensure you take the following precautionary measures before or when using Levothyroxine:
- Avoid the use of Synthroid for the cure of weight problems and obesity.
- Ensure you notify the doc if you experience any of the following medical conditions:
- An untreated or uncontrolled adrenal gland disorder;
- Signs of heart attack.
- Inform your doctor about your former illness such as:
- A thyroid nodule;
- Heart disease;
- A blood-clotting disorder;
- Kidney disease;
- Pituitary gland problems;
- Allergies of food or drug.
- Ensure you notify the doc if you have been given radiation therapy with iodine.
- Pregnant women should seek their doctors’ advice before the intake of Synthroid.
- Lactating mothers should inform their doctors before using Levothyroxine.
- Synthroid should not be given to children unless told by a medical practitioner.
You are advised to call immediately for medical attention if you begin to experience allergic reactions such as difficulty breathing; swollen lips, throat, face or tongue; and hive. The following are the typical side effects of Synthroid:
- Muscle weakness;
- Leg cramps;
- Partial hair loss;
- Skin rash.
In a situation whereby you forget to use your prescribed medicine, you can always take it at the moment of recollection. However, mind the time for the next dose if not close. Taking at once two doses that are supposed to be used at different times should be avoided
In a situation whereby you accidentally take more than the prescribed doses, you are advised to urgently seek medical help. Inordinate intake of Synthroid may have obnoxious effects. The symptoms of Levothyroxine are:
- Shortness of breath;
- Chest pain;
- Feeling nervous or irritable;
- Leg cramps;
- Fast heartbeats.
Interaction with other drugs
You are advised to get your doctor informed before the intake of any new medication with Synthroid. The usage of other drugs with Synthroid may reduce the effectiveness of Levothyroxine or may be affected by the levels of thyroid hormones. The following drugs should not be taken 4 hours before and after the intake of Levothyroxine
- Calcium carbonate;
- Sodium polystyrene sulfonate;
- Ferrous sulfate iron supplement;
- Antacids containing magnesium or aluminum.
The following drugs may as well interact with Synthroid:
- Prescription and over-the-counter medicines;
- Herbal products.