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USES: Thyroid replacement therapy is prescribed when not enough thyroid hormone is secreted from the thyroid gland.
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Thyroid replacement therapy is prescribed when not enough thyroid hormone is secreted from the thyroid gland.
- There are different brands of thyroid hormones available.
- Do not change brands without first consulting your doctor or pharmacist.
- Lab tests may be done periodically to monitor the effectiveness of this medication.
- Store at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture.
- Do not store in the bathroom.
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- Take this medication on an empty stomach.
- It is usually taken as a single daily dose before breakfast.
- Do not stop taking this medication unless consulting with your doctor.
- Replacement therapy is usually taken for life.
- Symptoms of low thyroid levels include fatigue, muscle aches, constipation, dry skin, weight gain, slow heart rate, sensitivity to cold or dry, brittle hair that tends to fall out easily.
- These symptoms should disappear as your body adjusts to the medication.
- If they persist or become bothersome, inform your doctor.
- Symptoms of high thyroid levels include headache, chest pain, increased pulse rate, rapid or irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, trembling, sweating, diarrhea or weight loss.
- If you experience any of these effects, contact your doctor.
- Your dose may need to be adjusted.
- If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
- Before using this drug, tell your doctor your medical history, especially of any heart problems, diabetes, adrenal gland problems or of any allergies, including drug allergies.
- Avoid using thyroid drugs for weight control.
- Current information shows that this drug may be used during pregnancy.
- Small amounts of this drug are excreted into breast milk.
- Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
- If you miss a dose, take as soon as remembered; do not take if it is almost time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
- Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
- Call your doctor if you miss 2 or more doses in a row.
- Inform your doctor about all the medicines you use (both prescription and nonprescription) especially of warfarin; drugs that may increase heart rate or blood pressure such as decongestants or caffeine (decongestants may be found in nonprescription cough-and-cold medicines); estrogen products (including estrogen-containing birth control pills); digoxin or diabetes medicines.
- Certain medicines may decrease absorption of this drug into your bloodstream.
- Therefore, take this 4 hours apart from: calcium or iron supplements; aluminum or calcium antacids; cholestyramine or colestipol; sucralfate or sodium polystyrene sulfonate.
- Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
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