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).
Q. What happens when excess dose of Thyronorm is taken?
Increased levels of Thyronorm may speed up the body processes (functions such as respiration, movemements, etc). Additionally, you may experience nervousness, anxiety, rapid heartbeat, hand tremors, excessive sweating, weight loss, and sleep problems.
Q. How long do I need to take Thyronorm?
Take Thyronorm as long as your doctor has recommended. Usually, you will have to take it life long. Do not stop taking the medicine, as your symptoms of low levels of thyroid hormone may reoccur.
Q. How should Thyronorm be taken?
Take Thyronorm exactly as advised by your doctor. Thyronorm should be taken orally preferably before breakfast or as a first meal of the day. It should be swallowed whole with plenty of water.
Q. Being a diabetic what should I be aware of while taking Thyronorm?
Thyronorm may raise blood sugar levels and may affect the working of other anti-diabetic medicines which you might be taking. Hence, dose adjustment may be required. Consult your doctor who will help you with dose management.
Q. What does thyroxine do? Why is it important?
Thyroxine hormone controls how much energy your body uses. It plays an important role in regulating your body weight, muscle strength, body temperature, and even your mood. Along with that, it is important for your digestion, heart muscles, brain development, and bone health.
Q. Does Thyronorm affect contraception?
Oral birth control pills containing both oestrogen and progesterone may reduce the amount of Thyronorm in your body and therefore the dose of Thyronorm may have to be increased.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 3rd Dec 2019. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.