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Levothyroxine

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As the synthetic version of a thyroid hormone, Levothyroxine is prescribed to patients who experience thyroid problems. Levothyroxine can replace thyroxine, a naturally occurring hormone that helps the body regulate its energy and metabolism.

Levothyroxine is a very common medicine for those with a specific thyroid condition called hypothyroidism. People who suffer from goiter or the abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland can also benfit from using Levothyroxine.

In order to reap the full effect of Levothyroxine, the patient must drink it at least 30 minutes before his next meal. It would also help if he drinks enough water to make sure the medicine can be absorbed better.

However, there are certain foods and medications which may interfere with Levothyroxine’s functions. For full absorption of Levothyroxine, make sure you reduce intake of soy products. If you must eat or drink the soy products, do it at least 3 hours after you have takne Levothyroxine. Supplements can also affect the way Levothyroxine is absorbed by the body. In light of this, make sure you drink your iron and calcium supplements within four hours after your last drink of Levothyroxine.

Aside from preventing interactions with other medicines, the patient should also be prepared for any possible side effect. Sometimes, these side effects may take the form of heart palpitations, headaches, nervousness and insomnia. The patient may also observe some swelling in the leg/ankle area. In some cases, taking Levothyroxine can increase the patient’s appetite. Other patients may experience the opposite – they may end up losing weight.

Generally, almost anybody can take Levothyroxine. As a replacement for a hormone that naturally occurs in the body, it is usually safe for most people. However, some people need to watch out for certain diseases before they begin taking Levothyroxine.

People who have suffered from a heart attack or are currently suffering from problems with the Adrenal Gland should consult with their doctor before beginning with this medication.

Patients with other forms of diseases must also talk with their doctor before determining Levothyroxine as a viable treatment. This is especially true for those with cardiovascular diseases like coronary artery disease or anemia. People with gland problems as well as those with problems with other hormones like insulin also need more extensive medical evaluation. Patients with previous problems with blood clotting should also beware. Having these conditions does not immediately mean that you will be unable to take Levothyroxine. It simple means that you and your doctor must talk first in order to determine the dosage and mode of treatment that will be best for your current condition.

As for pregnant women, Leovthyroxine has been certified by the Food and Drug Administration as safe for you and your baby. While Levothyroxine can pass through the breast milk, studies have concluded that this will not harm your child.

Also, Levothyroxine is normally a life-long treatment. It has to be taken continuously in order to ensure that the hormones stay at a healthy level. However, taking this medication for extended periods of time may harm your bone health. If you are concerned about this, talk to your doctor. You may need to take certain supplements.

Levothyroxine has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of levothyroxine


• Molecular formula of levothyroxine 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
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