Levothroid review

Levothroid is a drug that is prescribed to individuals who are having problems with their thyroid gland such as low production of thyroid, certain types of cancer, and goiter. Most patients also take Levothroid regularly to make up for their need of natural hormone.

Levothroid is usually taken an hour before taking breakfast. It is best absorbed by the body on an empty stomach. For children who cannot swallow the tablet, it can be crushed or mixed with a couple teaspoonfuls of water. Normally, doctors perform blood tests to determine if a patient is taking the right amount of Levothroid.

If a patient misses a dose, it is advised that he or she take Levothroid as immediately as possible. If it is about time for the next dose, just to back to the regular dosing schedule. It is not advisable to take 2 doses simultaneously. Consult a specialist in case a patient misses a couple of doses

Levothroid must always be stored at room temperature, preferably away from moisture and direct sunlight.

Like most drugs, Levothroid can cause side effects to its users, although very rarely. People who use Levothroid may suffer from hair loss, although this is normally temporary. Patients may also suffer from allergies like hives and rashes. Children also may develop increased pressure within their skulls.

Taking too much Levothroid can also lead to the thyroid gland being over stimulated. Some of the indications of overstimulation of the thyroid gland includes anxiety, abdominal cramps, lack of appetite, chest pains, changes in the regularity of menstruation, mood changes, headache, fever, fatigue, hyperactivity, irregular heartbeat, weight loss, palpitation, difficulty in breathing, and sweating.

Individuals who are sensitive to thyroid hormone should not be treated with Levothroid, as well as those whose thyroid gland produces too much hormones. People who have had heart attack and those whose adrenal glands are not producing corticosteroid hormone should also be advised against using Levothroid.

While Levothroid is effective in reducing weight, it should not be treated as a weight-loss pill. Overdosage of this medication can result to life-threatening effects, especially if the patient takes it along with an anti-appetite medication.

Levothroid has been proven to cause profound effect on one’s body. It is important that patients informs their physician of their previous medical conditions such as clotting disorders, heart ailments, diabetes, and conditions affecting their pituitary glands. Doctors also have to be informed of the patient’s allergic tendencies against food and medicines.

Older individuals should get minimal doses of this drug and under close supervision, as well as those suffering from chest pains, high blood pressure, and other kinds of heart ailments.

Taking of Levothroid has also caused cases of seizures especially during the start of the medication, but these have been isolated cases. Patients should also tell their specialists that they are taking this medication if they intend to undergo any kind of surgery. Patients should also inform their doctor about their pregnancy if it coincides with their treatment with Levothroid.

Levothroid has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of levothroid

• Molecular formula of levothroid is C15H11I4NO4
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 2-amino-3-[4-(4-hydroxy-3,5-diiodo-phenoxy)-3,5-diiodo-phenyl]-propanoic acid
• Molecular weight is 776.87 g/mol
Levothroid available : 25mcg tablets, 50mcg tablets, 75mcg tablets, 88mcg tablets, 100mcg tablets, 125mcg tablets, 150mcg tablets, 175mcg tablets, 200mcg tablets and 300mcg tablets.

Generic name: Levothyroxine

Brand name(s): D-Thyroxine, Eltroxin, Euthyrox, L-Thryoxin, L-Thyroxine, Laevothyroxinum, Laevoxin, Letter, Levaxin, Levo-t, Levolet, Levothyrox, Levothyroxin, Levoxine, Levoxyl, Novothyrox, Oroxine, Synthroid, Synthroid Sodium, Tetraiodothyronine, Thyratabs, Thyrax, Thyreoideum, Thyroxevan, Thyroxin, Thyroxinal, Unithroid

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