Synthroid review

Synthroid is a brand name for levothyroxine sodium. It is used as a replacement therapy in hypothyroidism, which is a low-functioning thyroid. It is also used for pituitary TSH suppression in cases where goiters or nodules develop. It can also be used in conjunction with surgery and radioidine therapy in the management of thyroid cancer.

Synthroid is sometimes prescribed for children who suffer congenital or acquired hypothyroidism. It comes in tablets, but can be crushed and put in water to give to children. It can also be given to children in a suspension liquid. It is considered safe to give to newborn infants at appropriate doses. The goal with managing children’s symptoms is to achieve and maintain normal intellectual and physical growth and development. To do this, hypothyroidism must be treated, but much childhood treatment is spent adjusting the dosage of Synthroid to achieve the best results for the child. In some cases, the child only requires a short course of Synthroid, which is enough to balance out temporary hypothyroidism.

Synthroid may be taken during pregnancy, though it may be necessary to increase dosage during this time. In fact it is recommended that if a woman’s hypothyroidism is diagnosed during pregnancy, she should begin treatment for it immediately. Hypothyroidism is often the source of complications in pregnancy, including miscarriage, pre-eclampsia, still birth and premature delivery. Hypothyroidism in the mother can actually harm a developing baby far worse than Synthroid or other medications can, resulting in adverse effects on fetal and childhood growth, so a safe course of treatment, including Synthroid, is beneficial to both mother and child. Very little Synthroid is excreted in breast milk, but normal thyroid levels are necessary for milk production, so treatment should continue during nursing.

Side effects occurring with the use of Synthroid are often the result of hyperthyroidism, as dosages are adjusted in the course of treatment. These reactions can include fatigue, fever, excessive sweating, increased hunger, low tolerance for heat, headache, insomnia, hyperactivity or nervousness, anxiety or irritability, mood swings, tremors, weakness of the muscles, increased heart beat, increased blood pressure, chest pains, heart failure, or heart attack. You may also experience difficulty breathing, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach cramps, hair loss, flushing, decreased bone material density, menstrual irregularities, or impaired fertility. Other side effects may include seizures, skin rash, itchy skin, wheezing, and in some cases children may experience reduced bone growth in adulthood.

There are other medications that should not be used, or should be used with caution, when taking Synthroid. Synthroid can affect the way that oral anticoagulants work, making them even more effective and their side effects more severe. In some cases it is advisable to decrease your dosage of anticoagulant medication if you are also taking Synthroid. Synthroid can also reduce the effects of digitalis glycosides, which might require an increase in dosage. Some foods also can affect how Synthroid is absorbed, such as soybean flour (especially in baby formula), cotton seed meal, walnuts, and dietary fiber.

Synthroid has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of synthroid

• Molecular formula of synthroid 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
Synthroid available : 25mcg tablets, 50mcg tablets, 75mcg tablets, 88mcg tablets, 100mcg tablets, 112mcg tablets, 125mcg tablets, 137mcg tablets, 150mcg tablets, 175mcg tablets, 200mcg tablets, 300mcg tablets

Generic name: Levothyroxine

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

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