SYNTHROID/ELTROXIN (Levothyroxine)
SYNTHROID/ELTROXIN (Levothyroxine)
SYNTHROID/ELTROXIN (Levothyroxine)
SYNTHROID/ELTROXIN (Levothyroxine)
SYNTHROID/ELTROXIN (Levothyroxine)
SYNTHROID/ELTROXIN (Levothyroxine)
SYNTHROID/ELTROXIN (Levothyroxine)
SYNTHROID/ELTROXIN (Levothyroxine)
SYNTHROID/ELTROXIN (Levothyroxine)
SYNTHROID/ELTROXIN (Levothyroxine)
SYNTHROID/ELTROXIN (Levothyroxine)
SYNTHROID/ELTROXIN (Levothyroxine)
SYNTHROID/ELTROXIN (Levothyroxine)
SYNTHROID/ELTROXIN (Levothyroxine)
SYNTHROID/ELTROXIN (Levothyroxine)
SYNTHROID/ELTROXIN (Levothyroxine)
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SYNTHROID/ELTROXIN (Levothyroxine)

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What is this medication? 

SYNTHROID/ELTROXIN (Levothyroxine)
Thyroid Product

SYNTHROID/ELTROXIN (Levothyroxine) is officially indicated for use in hypothyroidism and pituitary thyrotropin-stimulating hormone suppression.

ALERT: WARNING
Thyroid hormones, including levothyroxine, either alone or with other therapeutic agents, should not be used for the treatment of obesity or for weight loss. In euthyroid patients, doses within the range of daily hormonal requirements are ineffective for weight reduction. Larger doses may produce serious or even life-threatening manifestations of toxicity, particularly when given in association with sympathomimetic amines, such as those used for their anorectic effects.

How does this medication work? 

Levothyroxine (T4) is a synthetic form of thyroxine which is an endogenous hormone produced by the thyroid gland to regulate the body’s metabolism.  T4 is converted to its active metabolite L-triiodothyronine (T3).  Both T4 and T3 bind to thyroid receptors in the cell nucleus and regulate cellular metabolic rate through DNA transcription and protein synthesis.

How should I take this medication? 

Oral: Start with an initial dose of 12 to 25 mcg once daily and adjust the dose every 3 to 6 weeks based on clinical response and serum TSH and/or free T4 serum concentration until TSH is normalized.

How to Take: Take in the morning on an empty stomach at least 30 minutes before food.  Alternatively, you can take at night 3 to 4 hours after your last meal.  Do not take within 4 hours of a calcium or iron containing food/supplement.  Take the medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor at the same time each day. 

What should I watch for while using this medication? 

Before starting SYNTHROID/ELTROXIN (Levothyroxine), make sure your physician is aware of any allergies or medications you currently take.  Never use Levothyroxine if you have an uncorrected adrenal insufficiency, hypersensitivity, untreated thyrotoxicosis, overt thyrotoxicosis, acute myocardial infarction, acute myocarditis or acute pancarditis. Never use Levothyroxine in post-menopausal women, elderly, patients with cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, large thyroid nodules, or long-standing goiters, or low-normal TSH levels. Use Levothyroxine with caution in patients with a history of heart failure, and/or diabetes.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of medication, try to take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, take only that scheduled dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

How should I store this medication?

Keep out of the reach of children at all times. Store at room temperature, 59 to 86° F (15 to 30° C). Protect from light. Keep the container tightly closed. Properly dispose of any unused medication after the expiration date.

What are the possible side effects of using this medication? 

Angina pectoris, cardiac arrhythmia, cardiac failure, flushing, increased blood pressure, increased pulse, myocardial infarction, palpitations, tachycardia, anxiety, emotional lability, fatigue, headache, heat intolerance, hyperactivity, insomnia, irritability, myasthenia, nervousness, pseudotumor cerebri (children), alopecia, diaphoresis, skin rash, goiter (exophthalmic; IV), menstrual disease, weight loss, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, increased appetite, vomiting, reduced fertility, increased liver enzymes, decreased bone mineral density, muscle spasm, slipped capital femoral epiphysis (children), tremor, dyspnea, fever.

Note this is not a complete list of side effects for SYNTHROID/ELTROXIN (Levothyroxine), only common ones.