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    Levothyroxine

    Information about Levothyroxine

    Levothyroxine uses

    Levothyroxine is used in the treatment of hypothyroidism.

    How levothyroxine works

    Levothyroxine is a synthetic version of a hormone 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

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    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.
    • Though it starts working within 1 to 2 weeks, you may have to wait for 6 to 8 weeks to get the full effect.
    • Inform your doctor if you have diarrhoea, nervousness, irritability, feeling of a heartbeat, sleep disturbances, shaking hands, or chest pain. Your doctor may adjust your dose.
    • Leave a gap of at least 4 hours before taking any antacids, calcium or iron supplements, and multivitamins, as these may interfere with the effect of the medicine.
    • Regular blood tests are necessary as advised by your doctor.
    • Inform your doctor before changing the brand of Levothyroxine as all brands may not have the same effect.

    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 02 November, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)