Information about Thyroxine/Levothyroxine
Thyroxine/Levothyroxine is used in the treatment of hypothyroidism.
How thyroxine/levothyroxine works
Thyroxine/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 thyroxine/levothyroxine
Anxiety, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Palpitations, Nervousness, Weight loss, Sweating, Flushing (sense of warmth in the face, ears, neck and trunk), Restlessness
Available Medicine for Thyroxine/Levothyroxine
- ₹121 to ₹220Abbott15 variant(s)
- ₹78 to ₹131Glaxo SmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ltd6 variant(s)
- ₹107 to ₹218Macleods Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd10 variant(s)
- ₹71 to ₹172Lupin Ltd13 variant(s)
- ₹78Macleods Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd1 variant(s)
- ₹30 to ₹40Eris Lifesciences Ltd6 variant(s)
- ₹51 to ₹150Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd9 variant(s)
- ₹49 to ₹99Akumentis Healthcare Ltd3 variant(s)
- ₹99 to ₹156Comed Chemicals Ltd5 variant(s)
- ₹90 to ₹141Primus Pharmaceuticals9 variant(s)
Expert advice for Thyroxine/Levothyroxine
- Your doctor has prescribed Thyroxine/Levothyroxine to replace the natural thyroid hormone that your own thyroid gland can no longer make.
- It is best to take it on an empty stomach (ideally, first thing in the morning). No food, milk, or tea should be taken 1 hour before and 2 hours after taking this medicine.
- It may take 6 to 8 weeks to get the full effect.
- For most people, Thyroxine/Levothyroxine is a lifelong medication. Do not discontinue it without discussing with your doctor.
- Inform your doctor if you have diarrhea, nervousness, irritability, 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.
- Get your hormone levels checked regularly and inform your doctor if you notice a significant change in your body weight. The dose may need to be adjusted.
- Inform your doctor before changing the brand of Thyroxine/Levothyroxine as all brands may not have the same effect.
Frequently asked questions for Thyroxine/Levothyroxine
Q. Can I take Thyroxine/Levothyroxine during pregnancy?
Thyroid hormone is naturally present in the body and is therefore safe to take in pregnancy. In fact, it is very important that pregnant women or those planning to become pregnant have normal thyroid hormone levels to provide a suitable environment for the baby. If you are already taking thyroid hormone, your dose may be increased by your doctor. Hence, you may have to get your thyroid hormone and TSH levels measured once you know that you are pregnant. You should discuss the timing of thyroid blood tests with your doctor, but often thyroid tests are done every three months.
Q. Does Thyroxine/Levothyroxine interact with any other medications?
Thyroxine/Levothyroxine can interact with several medicines. Do not take any medicine without talking to your doctor.