Levothroid is useful in the treatment of hypothyroidism or low thyroid hormone. It is also helpful for treating as well as preventing goiter or an enlarged thyroid gland, which can be caused mainly by hormone imbalances, or radiation treatment, surgery, and cancer.
Medication must always be taken as advised by your medical practitioner/physician. If you are unsure, then please contact your physician for precise instructions. On the other hand, the medicine label usually contains dosage instructions which also may be followed.
Levothroid may be taken without a meal in the morning to prevent stomach problems.
A full glass of water when taken with Levothroid always ensures better absorption.
Medications are prescribed according to a dosage schedule which must be completed in order to reap the benefits of the treatment. Lapsed schedules render Levothroid ineffective. So, never stop in between unless advised by your physician.
One of the best ways to ensure that you do not miss out on a dose is to maintain a fixed regime for consuming Levothroid each day.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Levothroid is known to act as a replacement for a hormone which is normally produced by the thyroid gland in order to regulate your body's energy as well as its metabolism. It is also given when the thyroid does not seek to produce enough of the hormone on its own.
You must maintain a schedule for taking the medicine at the same time each day so that you do not miss out on any doses. But, in the advent of a missed dose, take it as soon as you remember so that you can compensate for the loss of the dose.
But, then you may need to adjust your remaining doses accordingly. And if it is almost time for the next dose, then please skip the missed dose and continue with the normal schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
Levothroid must be stored at a cool and dark place that prevents it from direct exposure to sunlight. It should also be protected from kids and pets. You can store it at room temperature preferably between 20 to 25 degrees C.
If you are allergic to any ingredient in Levothroid (you may check medicine label) then please do not use it without consulting your doctor.
You must also avoid using Levothroid if you have conditions like a history pertaining to a heart attack, angina or chest pain, adrenal gland problems, or even elevated thyroid hormone levels which have not been treated.
Ensure that your doctor is aware of your past and current medical history before you start any new treatment or medication. This must include any and all diseases that you have suffered /suffer from, all subscription and over the counter medication that you are taking, including vitamins and herbal supplements. This will help avoid a possible interaction or allergy.
Diabetic patients who are into Levothroid must make sure that they get their blood sugar level checked regularly. Levothroid is known to meddle with the blood sugar levels.
Levothroid can rapidly swell as well as disintegrate resulting in gagging, choking, and even the tablet can get stuck in your throat, or you might face with the difficulty of swallowing it. Thus it becomes very important that you take a full glass of water while taking the tablet. Many of the problems disappeared when the tablets were taken with water.
Certain laboratory tests may be made mandatory while you are using Levothroid in order to analyze your progress to treatment and guage the degree to which side effects are being experienced. You must never miss out on any such lab tests.
Your lab technician or doctor must be informed that you are taking Levothroid before you undergo any lab tests or emergency surgical procedures.
Proper care and caution must be maintained when Levothroid is prescribed to patients who are children.
If you are planning to have a baby or are pregnant already then you must seek advice from your doctor before using Levothroid. Discuss the effects and possible risks that Levothroid usage may have on the unborn baby.
If you are breast feeding your child, then too seek medical advice before using Levothroid. Some drugs may be excreted in the breast milk and may harm the baby.