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   Westhroid

Westhroid
Thyroid Replacements-Oral


Thyroid replacement therapy is prescribed when not enough thyroid hormone is secreted from the thyroid gland.

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Armour Thyroid, Thyroid, Nature-Throid
 
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westhroid
Armour Thyroid, Thyroid, Nature-Throid

Uses
Thyroid replacement therapy is prescribed when not enough thyroid hormone is secreted from the thyroid gland.


Storage
  • Store at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture.
  • Do not store in the bathroom.


Overdose
  • If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
  • Symptoms of overdose may include: diarrhea, irregular heartbeat, headache, tremors, nervousness, stomach cramps, fever, chest pain, difficulty sleeping.

How To Use
  • Take Westhroid on an empty stomach.
  • It is usually taken as a single daily dose before breakfast.
  • Do not stop taking Westhroid unless consulting with your doctor.
  • Replacement therapy is usually taken for life.

Side Effects
  • 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, rapid or irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, trembling, sweating, diarrhea, 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.

Precautions
  • Before using Westhroid, tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: heart problems, diabetes, adrenal gland problems, any allergies (including drug allergies).
  • Avoid using thyroid drugs for weight control.
  • Caution is advised when using Westhroid in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to the effects of Westhroid.
  • Current information shows that Westhroid may be used during pregnancy.
  • Small amounts of Westhroid are excreted into breast milk.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • 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.

Drug Interactions
  • Inform your doctor about all the medicines you use (both prescription and nonprescription), especially about: 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, diabetes medicines.
  • Certain medicines may decrease absorption of Westhroid 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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