Patients who have malfunctioning thyroid gland can be diagnosed with hypothyroidism. This is a condition in which body will produce low levels of thyroid hormone in the gland. Less thyroid hormone will further decrease the metabolism activity causing fatigue, difficulty in swallowing, irritability, change of voice (most often hoarse) , and many more. To overcome such cases, synthetic administration of thyroid hormone becomes necessary. Synthroid
is a drug in which levothyroxine
hormone is administered to the patient via oral route. Synthroid are tablets that can treat hypothyroidism and making up for optimal levels of thyroxin
hormone required by the body.
Every patient who has been diagnosed with this ailment must be cautious about the dosage and must never take such drug without consulting a certified and expert in the field. Ask your physician for the possible side effects from overdose or if you forget one. Synthroid (levothyroxine) can be added to your existing medication and treatment as a supplement or as a replacement depending upon your hormone and other physical condition of the body. The ultimate aim to provide the person suffering from hypothyroidism is to maintain the delicate balance of this crucial hormone in the system.
Most often doctor can ask to avoid some specific type of foods that may interfere or cause less absorption of this synthetic hormone by your body. Walnuts, cornmeal, soy products, and fiber rich food items must be eaten in fewer amounts to enhance the effect of this medicine. Never change brands of this medicine during refill time as every drug even with a same generic active ingredient can have altered effect on your body. Therefore if you need to change a brand always consult the pharmacist or doctor before you buy the new pack of tablets.
In general thyroid medicines must be taken 30 to 45 minutes before eating in the morning. It is always recommended to have this pill at the same time daily. This is important as your body fits the new drug into the body clock and will cause minimal adverse effects. There is a misconception about taking medicine when a dose is accidently missed. Some people take twice the pills during next dosage time to make it up for the lost dose. This is a wrong practice and must never be done. This may cause the person some serious discomfort as the body gets into an overdose state making the person vulnerable to adverse effects. If you get symptoms such as pain in chest, stomach, nausea, vomiting, severe cramps, breathlessness, confusion dizziness or seizers then seek immediate medical help as these are symptoms that the dose has not been taken or set properly for your body. Levothyroxine amount is prone for dosage change in due course of time, so visit the doctor every few months after following their instructions strictly. If you are on Synthroid, don’t forget to mention it in your medical examination or even your visit to the dentist for annual checkup. Regular exercise and balanced diet are key features to have maximum benefits from this medicine and to tackle thyroid problem.