Levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone, is used to treat hypothyroidism. This is a condition where the thyroid gland produces insufficient thyroid hormone, resulting in the improper functioning of the body, speech impediments, fatigue, increased sensitivity to cold, etc. Levothyroxine drugs is also used in the treatment of congenital hypothyroidism & goiter.
How to Use This synthroid medication is available in tablet form for oral consumption with full glass of water. Taken once a day on empty stomach, before breakfast. Follow prescription information on label carefully, and consult yor doctor or pharmacist for more details. When given to infants and children, tablet should be crushed an mixed with 1 to 2 teaspoons of water and administered through spoon or dropper right away. Mixture should not be stored or mixed with any other food. Continue with the drug even if symptoms persist for weeks.
Side Effects Levothyroxine drugs may cause certain side effects. Consult your doctor if any of these symptoms occur.
Unusual bleeding or bruising
Changes in Menstrual Cycle
Sensitivity to Heat
Temporary Hair Loss, particularly in children during the first month of therapy
Over Dose In case of overdose, immediately contact your doctor or emergency services.
Missed Dose Take the missed dose the moment you remember it. In case it is time for the next dose, then skip the missed dose and continue with regular schedule. Do not take double dose to compensate for a missed one.
Storage Store in container, tightly closed, and out of the reach of children. Store in a clean environment at room temperatures away from heat and moisture. Consult pharmacist about proper disposal of medication.