|Synthroid contains the active ingredient ; Levothyroxine Sodium). It is one of the thyroid hormones produced by the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland produces and releases two hormones: thyroxine and liothyronine. In other areas of the body, thyroxine is converted to liothyronine, which is the more active form. These hormones are responsible for maintaining a normal rate of metabolism in the body. When the thyroid gland is unable to produce normal amounts of thyroxine, the level of thyroid hormones in the blood is decreased (hypothyroidism). This results in a reduced rate of metabolism, leading to symptoms such as weight gain, intolerance to cold and tiredness.
Normal levels of the thyroid hormone in the blood can be acheived with the medicine Thyroxine Sodium. Thyroxine tablets are given to replace the thyroxine that would normally have been produced by the thyroid. Once the thyroid gland becomes unable to produce thyroxine, it will generally not return to normal function. Therefore, once thyroxine medicine is started, it must commonly be taken for the rest of a person's life.
Take each dose with a full glass (8 ounces) of water. It is best to take thyroid on an empty stomach, one-half hour to one hour before a meal. Take this medication at the same time each day whenever possible. Take thyroid every day as directed, even if you feel well. It is important to take thyroid regularly to get the most benefit. Do not stop taking thyroid without first talking to your doctor. You may need to take this medication for the rest of your life to replace insufficient amounts of thyroid produced by the body. Your doctor may want you to have blood tests or other medical evaluations during treatment with thyroid to monitor progress and side effects.
Store thyroid at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
What happens if I miss a dose? Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take only the next regularly scheduled dose.
Do not take a double dose of this medication.
What happens if I overdose? Seek emergency medical treatment if an overdose is suspected. Symptoms of an overdose of thyroid include chest pain, nervousness, trouble sleeping, tremor, rapid heartbeat, nausea, headache, fever, sweating, shortness of breath, heat intolerance, irregular menses, increased appetite, decreased weight, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.
What should I avoid while taking thyroid? There are no restrictions on foods, beverages, or activities during treatment with a thyroid unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
What are the possible side effects of thyroid? If you experience any of the following uncommon but serious side effects, stop taking thyroid and seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately: an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives vomiting or chest pain, irregular heartbeat, or shortness of breath. Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take thyroid and talk to your doctor if you experience tremor, nervousness, or irritability; headache insomnia;diarrhea,changes in appetite, or weight loss;leg cramps;
menstrual irregularities; or fever, sweating, or heat sensitivity. Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.