Levothyroxine Sodium is used for the treatment of hypothyroidism, goiter and myxedema coma.
How it Works
Levothyroxine Sodium is known as a thyroid medicine which can replaces a hormone which is normally produced by the thyroid gland to regulate the body's energy and metabolism. Levothyroxine Sodium is given when the thyroid does not produce enough of this hormone on its own causing hypothyroidism.
Common Side effects
Some of the potential side effects of Levothyroxine Sodium can include the symptoms below;
Levothyroxine Sodium is an artificial hormonal supplement. Its main component is levothyroxine. THYROX, Thyronorm, and Eltroxin are among the popular trade names or brand names of this drug. This type of hormone is produced by the body naturally and is used for metabolism and energy building in the body. Abbott Laboratory manufactures levothyroxine Sodium.
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM is the main active component of Synthroid (levothyroxine). It comes in a tablet form with varying concentrations. Secondary components of the drugs are magnesium stearate, talc, lactose monohydrate, povidone, and corn starch.
This medicine is used for the treatment of hypothyroidism. Examples of hypothyroidism are goiter, hypothalamic hypothyroidism, and primary atrophy. Levothyroxine Sodium is used to treat low thyroid levels. Sufficient level of thyroid hormones are vital for normal development physically and mentally. It is also used to supplement the thyroid hormone levels during pregnancy because as we all know, there is a great demand for thyroxin during pregnancy stage.
Dosage and administration
Synthroid is given once daily in a single dose. It is typically given 30 minutes to one hour before breakfast. Some drugs affect the absorption of Synthroid, so it is very important to take this medicine in four hours intervals between other medications. Within four to six weeks the maximum therapeutic effect will be achieved or be felt in the body. Generally, patients 50 years old and older are given a dosage of 25 mcg to 50 mcg daily. However, this can be gradually adjusted after six to eight weeks, or as needed depending on the patient's condition.
Some of the side effects that can be experienced during consumption of Levothyroxine are, chest pains, difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, extreme fatigue and also fainting. Seek medical attention immediately if you experience any of these symptoms above.
Levothyroxine should be kept at room temperature. It should be kept away from children and moisture. It should not be exposed to extreme heat, cold or even moisture.