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Synthroid Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Synthroid, a synthetic thyroid hormone may be given in any of the following cases such as if your own thyroid gland is not making enough hormone, if you have an enlarged thyroid 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, certain drugs, or disease of the pituitary gland or hypothalamus in the brain.

Synthroid Dosage

  • Your doctor will tailor the dosage to meet your individual requirements, taking into consideration the status of your thyroid gland and other medical conditions you may have. Older adults often require somewhat smaller doses.

Uses of Synthroid

  • It is used to treats various types of cancer and if you have thyroid gland.
  • It may also be used to treats other medical conditions those are listed in this medication guide.

Side Effects of Synthroid

Before taken Synthroid medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor. If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Synthroid. Side effects may include:

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Changes in appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Emotional instability
  • Fatigue
  • Hair loss
  • Increased heart rate
  • Muscle weakness
  • Nausea

Warnings and precautions before taking Synthroid:

  • If you are taking Synthroid, then it may cause seizures at the beginning of treatment, although this is rare. You may also notice some hair loss at first, but this is temporary.
  • You should tell your doctor or dentist you are taking Synthroid before you have surgery of any kind.
  • You should tell your doctor if you become pregnant while you are taking Synthroid.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Synthroid with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Synthroid with the following:

  • Amiodarone
  • Blood pressure drugs
  • Chloral hydrate
  • Diabetes drugs such as insulin and Micronase
  • Estrogen products and oral contraceptives
  • Furosemide
  • Growth hormones
  • Hormone inhibitors such as Cytadren and Tapazole
  • Iodide
  • Kayexalate
  • Lithium
  • Methadone and heroin
  • Parkinson's drugs such as Sinemet
  • Seizure medications
  • The cancer drugs 5-fluorouracil
Overdose

After taken Synthroid if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Synthroid can produce the same symptoms of overstimulation listed under "Synthroid side effects" Confusion and disorientation are also possible.


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