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Synthroid (levothyroxine sodium tablets, USP) contain synthetic levothyroxine (T4) sodium similar to the natural made in the human thyroid gland.

The medication represents a hormone replacement therapy for the regulation of body’s energy levels and metabolism. If a patient’s thyroid gland does not produce enough hormone, this medication may be used. The condition when there is an insufficiency of the hormone is called hypothyroidism or low thyroid hormone. It is characterized by the enlargement of the thyroid gland and hormone imbalances.

Synthroid is indicated to treat hypothyroidism and prevent goiter. Synthroid is not indicated for the treatment of people without hypothyroidism or for the treatment of overweight and obesity.

Before using this medication it is absolutely necessary to consult your doctor.

Synthroid has a narrow medical goal. Careful dosage adjustment is urgent to avoid the consequences of improper treatment. These results of improper treatment may include: effects on growth and development, cardiovascular function, bone metabolism, reproductive function, cognitive function, emotional state, gastrointestinal function, and on glucose and lipid metabolism. Only a licensed practitioner can adjust the right dose for you.

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According to the results of the clinical studies Synthroid is effective as a replacement therapy or supplementary therapy for the treatment of hypothyroidism caused by different factors.

The medication is not allowed to be used in patients with untreated overt thyrotosicosis, and in patients with acute myocardial infarction.

The medication is contraindicated in patients with hypersensitivity or allergic reactions to any component of the drug.

Before the treatment with Synthroid is initiated inform your doctor about other serious conditions you may have, including:

  • Serious thyroid disorder;
  • A history of blood clots or anemia;
  • A history of heart attack;
  • Diabetes;
  • Other conditions.

The treatment with Synthroid may take some period of time before you feel the results. Do not stop the treatment, for some patients the treatment with this medication may last lifetime.

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Take the medicine with full glass of water on an empty stomach, 30 minutes before eating.

Synthroid may be less effective if taken with other medications, ask your doctor about possible interactions of Synthroid with other drugs.

The most common side effects of the drug include: headaches, insomnia, changes in the menstrual periods (for women), weight changes, and mild hair loss.

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