What does Levothyroxine treat?
Levothyroxine is used to treat those who have a condition called Hyperthyroidism where the thyroid gland is underactive. Inadequate levels of the thyroid hormone can impair normal mental and physical activity besides cause symptoms like dry skin, sensitivity to cold, weight gain and lack of energy. It also serves to prevent Goiter which is the enlargement of the thyroid gland due to hormone imbalances, surgery, cancer or radiation treatment. This is also indicated for the treatment of conditions such as thyroiditis, thyroid cancer and thyroid nodules. This may be used in other treatments based on the decision of your physician.
Follow the Levothyroxine dosage prescribed by your physician. The dosage could vary based on individual patient requirements. Always take this medication with a full glass of water.
Missed a dose?
Take it immediately once you remember. In case, this time is closer to the next dosage, skip it and get back to the prescribed schedule. Never ever double the doses unless your doctor specifically instructs you so.
Don’t waste any time and seek immediate medical attention.
Drug interactions must be considered before starting to take any kind of drug. Drug interactions might happen either when Levothyroxine is taken along with another drug or with particular foods. To prevent any kind of negative interaction, make sure you inform your doctor of any drugs you are taking including OTCs, vitamins, minerals, herbal medicine and so on.
Levothyroxine interacts with:
- Conjugating Estrogens
Levothyroxine may interact with tricyclic antidepressants, anti-diabetes medications and antacids with aluminum. The list above is not exhaustive and drugs other than those could also interact with Levothyroxine.
It’s important that you do not stop or start taking any medicine without the consent of your physician.
Possible Side Effects
Levothyroxine does not have any major side effects and if any, they are minor and temporary. In rare cases, there might be major side effects and immediate medical attention must be sought. Side effects cannot be anticipated in advance.
Side effects of Levothyroxine may include headache, hair loss, weight loss, diarrhea, sensitivity to heat, nervousness, insomnia, sweating, tiredness and increased appetite. This is not the complete list though.
In case, there is a change in intensity of side effects or if any new side effects develop, make sure you consult your doctor.
What to ask your doctor before you start on Levothyroxine
- Can I take Levothyroxine along with other drugs?
- Are there certain foods, beverages and products to be avoided while on Levothyroxine?
- What is the dosage of Levothyroxine to be consumed?
- How should I use Levothyroxine?
- How will Levothyroxine work in my body?
- How can the drug interactions and side effects of Levothyroxine be minimized or completely avoided?
The health and medical information that we have provided are meant to supplement and not substitute the advice of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professionals. This does not suggest that usage of Levothyroxine is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always ensure that you take this or any other drug only after consulting your physician.