Drug Class: What is Synthroid and why is it prescribed?
Drug Mechanism: How does Synthroid work?
Dosage: How should you take Synthroid?
Possible food and drug interactions when taking this medication
Special information on Synthroid
Synthroid side effects
|Drug Class: What is Synthroid and why is it prescribed?|
|Synthroid, a synthetic thyroid hormone may be given in any of the following cases: If your own thyroid gland is not making enough hormone; If you have an enlarged thyroid (a goiter) or are at risk for developing a goiter; If you have certain cancers of the thyroid; If your thyroid production is low due to surgery, radiation, certain drugs, or disease of the pituitary gland or hypothalamus in the brain.|
|Drug Mechanism: How does Synthroid work?|
|Synthroid increases the metabolic rate of cells of all tissues in the body. In the foetus and newborn, thyroid hormone is important for the growth and development of all tissues including bones and the brain. In adults, thyroid hormone helps to maintain brain function, food metabolism, and body temperature, among other effects.|
|Dosage: How should you take Synthroid?|
Take Synthroid as a single dose, preferably on an empty stomach, one-half to one hour before breakfast. The Synthroid drug is absorbed better on an empty stomach.
If an infant or child cannot swallow whole tablets, you may crush a Synthroid tablet and mix it into 1 or 2 teaspoonfuls of water. While taking Synthroid, your doctor will perform periodic blood tests to determine whether you are getting the right amount.
If you miss a Synthroid dose: Take it as soon as you
|Possible food and drug interactions when taking this medication|
Synthroid can interact with a wide variety of medications. Its advisable to check with your doctor before taking any other drug, but you should be especially wary of the following: Amiodarone (Cordarone), Androgens (male hormones), Antacids and anti-gas medications, Antidepressants such as Elavil, Ludiomil, and Zoloft, Blood pressure drugs such as beta blockers, nitroprusside, and thiazide diuretics, Blood-thinning drugs such as Coumadin and heparin, Chloral hydrate (a sedative), Diabetes drugs such as insulin and Micronase, Digitalis-type drugs such as Lanoxin, Estrogen
|Special information on Synthroid|
Synthroid Special Information:
If you need to take Synthroid because of a thyroid hormone deficiency, you can continue to take the Synthroid medication during pregnancy. In fact, your doctor will test you regularly and may increase your Synthroid dose. Once your baby is born, you may breastfeed while continuing to take carefully regulated doses of Synthroid.
Synthroid has profound effects on the body. Make sure your doctor
|Synthroid side effects|
Side effects from Synthroid, other than Synthroid overdose symptoms, are rare. People who are treated with Synthroid may initially lose some hair, but this effect is usually temporary. You may have an allergic reaction such as a rash or hives.
Synthroid doses on children may have an increase in pressure within the skull.
Synthroid Excessive dosage or a too rapid increase in dosage may lead to overstimulation of the thyroid gland. Notify your doctor immediately if
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