Synthroid

Synthroid is intended for the treatment of hypothyroidism and some kinds of goiters, and in combination with the other drugs that deal with thyroid cancer. Synthroid belongs to the group of thyroid hormones. It acts by substituting thyroid hormone when your body can’t produce them on its own.


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Description

Synthroid is intended for the treatment of hypothyroidism and some kinds of goiters, and in combination with the other drugs that deal with thyroid cancer. Synthroid belongs to the group of thyroid hormones. It acts by substituting thyroid hormone when your body can’t produce them on its own.

Indications

Synthroid is intended for the treatment of hypothyroidism and some kinds of goiters, and in combination with the other drugs that deal with thyroid cancer. Synthroid belongs to the group of thyroid hormones. It acts by substituting thyroid hormone when your body can’t produce them on its own.

Use

Take Synthroid according to the doctor’s prescriptions.

Take the drug orally before eating.
Avoid taking an antacid or a drug containing iron or calcium within four hours after the intake of Synthroid.
If you can’t swallow the pill whole, you may crush the drug and take it with 1-2 teaspoons of water. Take it at once. Avoid adding the crushed pills to the soy infant formula. Ask your doctor about additional information.
Synthroid acts better when taken on a regular basis.
Keep taking the drug even if you feel better. Avoid skipping a dose.
You may note the first improvements in a few weeks. Avoid altering your dose or stopping the treatment without your doctor’s approval.
If you skipped the drug dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it’s already time for the next dose, skip it and keep following your usual dosing schedule. Never take the double dose at once.

Important information:

It is essential to take the drug according to the prescriptions. Avoid exceeding the dose.
Inform your physician if you’re going to have any operation before starting the treatment.
People with diabetes must know that Synthroid can change your blood sugar level. Watch your blood sugar levels carefully. Ask your doctor before altering the dose of your diabetes drug.
Soy infant formula, cottonseed meal, walnuts, or dietary fiber may decrease the absorption of Synthroid. Inform your physician if you consume any of these foods so that he/she can adjust your drug dose.

In rare cases, the use of Synthroid may cause hair loss in the initial stage of treatment. However, this effect is generally transient. Consult your physician if it becomes severe or long-lasting.
Laboratory tests, such as thyroid hormone level and growth checks, must be done during the treatment with Synthroid. They can be used for controlling your condition or checking for adverse effects. Make sure not to skip any doctor and laboratory appointments.

Use the drug cautiously in the older patients, as they can be hypersensitive to its effects (particularly if they have heart diseases).

Kids and teens may require constant growth checks during the treatment with Synthroid.
Pregnancy and lactating: If you get pregnant, inform your physician so that he/she can adjust your drug dose. Synthroid can get into the breast milk. If you’re nursing a baby while taking this drug, inform your physician about it to find out if there are any possible risks to the newborn.
Contact your doctor at once if any of these serious adverse effects happen:

Serious allergic reactions (rash; urticaria; itching; breathing problems; hot flushes; breast tightness; swollen face; hoarse voice); lack of appetite; irregular periods; breast pain; loose bowels; perspiration; increased heartbeat; fever; heat sensitivity; pain in the joints; swollen legs; mood swings (like anxiety, anger and excitement); muscle fatigue; cramps; severe or long-lasting head pain or weakness; breathing difficulty; stomachache; shivering; sleeping problems; sudden weight change; vomiting; gasp.

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