Synthroid is a drug whose main ingredient, Levothyroxine, is naturally a hormone produced by the thyroid gland, and it is mainly used in cases where the thyroid gland of the patient cannot produce the sufficient quantities of hormone the human body requires. Apart from its hormone deficiency usage, Synthroid is also commonly prescribed for the treatment of goiter (unusual enlargement of the thyroidal gland), of thyroid cancer and can also be prescribed for other affections.
Synthroid is mainly prescribed for the treatment of patients suffering from thyroid hormone insufficiency, patients with unusual enlargement of the thyroid gland (goiter) or patients with thyroid cancer. There may be other uses for this drug, so if you have questions about why have you been prescribed Synthroid, please consult your personal health care specialist.
Always talk to your personal health care specialist before starting Synthroid treatment and let him or her know about your medical history. Some conditions may require an altered dosage or may prevent you entirely from starting out the treatment, such as:
Other conditions may require special attention or monitoring during treatment, so it is advised you should consult with your personal physician prior to beginning Synthroid treatment. Special precautions are also advised to be taken if you have an allergy to hormones. Studies have not yet shown Synthroid to have any side effects on pregnancy and breast feeding, however, if you are a nursing mother, if you are pregnant or planning to become soon it is best that you first consult your personal health care specialist before starting treatment with Synthroid.
Synthroid Intake Guidelines
You should consult your personal health care specialist for a detailed list of Synthroid intake guidelines. If you have trouble understanding any of the directions, ask a doctor, pharmacist or nurse to help clarify them. It is advised that you never alter your drug intake schedule, either by changing the dosage or the time intervals between intakes.
Synthroid comes in two forms, tablets and vials for injection. For each of them there is separate dosage, so it is best that you consult your personal physician before starting treatment with this drug. Here are some general guidelines: For tablets, the general adult dosage of this drug is 0.0125 to 0.05 mg once per day, going up to 0.075 – 0.125 mg per day. It is recommended that the dosage should never exceed 0.15 mg per day. Dosage in children largely depends in age and body weight, ranging anywhere between 0.025 and 0.2 mg per day, but should not exceed the adult dosage.
For injection, the adult normal dose of Synthroid is of around 50-100 mg once per day, to be injected either into a muscle or a vein. The dosage for children largely depends on age and body weight, and can be set by your personal health care specialist anywhere between 0.019 and 0.15 mg once per day. People with severe cases of thyroid gland problems can expect the doses to be larger, depending on the doctor's opinion.
IMPORTANT! Do not self medicate. Always check with your personal health care specialist before starting your treatment to get a precise dosage, intake guidelines and schedule and follow them closely. Failing to do so will greatly increase the risk of side effects and complications to appear, and these can have grave, sometimes even lethal consequences.
Tests have not yet concluded what the symptoms of Synthroid overdose are. If you have reasons to believe you are suffering from an overdose with this drug, it is recommended that you contact your personal health care specialist right away or go to the nearest hospital to seek emergency medical attention.
Synthroid Missed Dose
It is advised that you follow the intake dosage and time schedule your personal health care specialist has provided. However, should you happen to miss a Synthroid dose it is best to take it as soon as you remember, unless it is almost time for another dose. If it is almost time for another dose, skip that dose entirely and continue with your regular schedule. Never take another dose to make up for the lost one.
Synthroid Side Effects
There have not been any cases of Synthroid side effects, either in adult patients or in children. Using the proper dosage and intake schedule, Synthroid works normally and without the risk of any side effects occurring. Should you experience any unpleasant, unwanted results while following treatment with this drug, contact your health care specialist at once to further investigate and establish the causes and set an appropriate course of action to follow.
Synthroid Drug Reactions
Some other drugs found on the market can interact with Synthroid. Special attention must be employed if you are taking any of the following:
There may be other drugs that Synthroid interacts with and are not in this list. It is advised that you consult with your personal health care specialist about all the drugs, minerals, vitamins and nutritional supplements you are currently taking before starting a treatment with Synthroid.
In some countries SYNTHROID may also be known as: Levothyroxine, Elthyrone, Euthyrox, Levaxin, Levothroid, Synthroid, Tiracrin, Unithroid, T4, Eutroxsig, Oroxine, Neothyron, Thyrex, Puran T4, Tetroid, Tiroidin, Esaldox, Eutirox, Letrox, Berlthyrox, Eferox, L-Thyrox, Lixin, Thevier, Thyro-4, Thyrohormone, Thyradin-S, Tirosint, Letequatro, Letter, Dexnon, Pondtroxin, Thyrosit, Novothyrox, Thyrax