Information about Dextrothyroxine

Dextrothyroxine uses

Dextrothyroxine is used in the treatment of increased cholesterol levels in blood.

How dextrothyroxine works

Dextrothyroxine is a lipid modifying agent that acts in the liver to increase breakdown (catabolism) of LDL (a type of bad cholesterol) to smaller sub units. This leads to increased excretion of cholesterol and bile acids via the biliary route into the feces, with a resulting reduction in cholesterol and LDL.

Common side effects of dextrothyroxine

Nervousness, Frequent urge to urinate, Abdominal pain, Hormone imbalance, Allergic reaction, Slow growth in children and teenagers, Diarrhoea, Hair loss, Skin rash, Headache, Heart attack, Increased body temperature, Increased sweating, Indigestion, Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping), Skin redness, Tremor, Weight loss, Chest discomfort, Irregular heart rate, Chest pain.

Available Medicine for Dextrothyroxine

No medicine available

Expert advice for Dextrothyroxine

  • Follow any diet or exercise plans outlined by your doctor along with the therapy.
  • Dextrothyroxine may increase the risk of bleeding spontaneously, if you are taking blood-thinners.
  • Dextrothyroxine can interfere with blood sugar controlling medications if you are suffering from diabetes.
  • Consult your doctor if you are planning to undergo surgery, as it can cause irregularities of heart rhythm.

Frequently asked questions for Dextrothyroxine


Q. Is dextrothyroxine safe?
Dextrothyroxine is safe when taken at recommended dose and duration as advised by your doctor.

Content on this page was last updated on 27 March, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)