Levothyroxine

Information about Levothyroxine

Levothyroxine uses

Levothyroxine is used in the treatment of hypothyroidism and myxedema coma.

How levothyroxine works

Levothyroxine is similar in structure to the hormone naturally produced by the thyroid gland. It works by replacing the thyroid hormones that your thyroid gland cannot produce and relieves the symptoms of hypothyroidism ( tiredness, weight gain, and depression).

Common side effects of levothyroxine

Anxiety, Vomiting, Diarrhoea, Palpitations, Nervousness, Weight loss, Tremor.

Available Medicine for Levothyroxine

  • ₹49 to ₹99
    Akumentis Healthcare Ltd
    3 variant(s)
  • ₹49 to ₹99
    Akumentis Healthcare Ltd
    5 variant(s)
  • ₹110 to ₹142
    Comed Chemicals Ltd
    5 variant(s)
  • ₹95
    Novartis India Ltd
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹49 to ₹99
    Akumentis Healthcare Ltd
    3 variant(s)
  • ₹117
    Zydus Cadila
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹132
    Macleods Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹9 to ₹11
    BestoChem Formulations India Ltd
    3 variant(s)
  • ₹100 to ₹124
    Emenox Healthcare
    3 variant(s)
  • ₹79
    Macleods Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
    1 variant(s)

Expert advice for Levothyroxine

  • Levothyroxine must be taken on an empty stomach. No food, milk, or tea should be taken 1 hour before and 2 hours after taking this medicine.
  • You may have to wait for 6 to 8 weeks to get the full effect.
  • Your doctor may ask you to continue it lifelong. You must not stop taking it or change the dose, without speaking to your doctor first.
  • Dose adjustments are usually needed when starting the medicine and when your health changes.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Inform your doctor if you have heart disease. You may require a lesser dose of the medicine.
  • Inform your doctor if you get diarrhoea, nervousness, rapid pulse, insomnia, tremors, or chest pain could indicate severe toxicity and should prompt immediate medical attention. Your doctor may adjust the dose.

Frequently asked questions for Levothyroxine

Levothyroxine

Q. Is levothyroxine sodium gluten free?
Yes, levothyroxine sodium is gluten free. However, please refer to package insert of the prescribed brand before use
Q. Is levothyroxine sodium same as levothyroxine?
Yes, they both are synthetic form of thyroxine hormone
Q. Is levothyroxine sodium the same as Synthroid?
Yes, Synthroid is trade name of the active medicine levothyroxine sodium
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Q. Is levothyroxine sodium a steroid or addictive?
Levothyroxine is neither a steroid nor addictive in nature; it is a synthetic form of thyroxine hormone
Q. Is levothyroxine sodium safe?
Levothyroxine sodium is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor
Q. Is levothyroxine sodium t3 or t4?
Levothyroxine is a synthetic version of the thyroid gland hormone-Thyroxine (T4)
Q. What is levothyroxine sodium used to treat?
Levothyroxine sodium is used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone.

Content on this page was last updated on 08 June, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)