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Levothyroxine (Synthroid) - An Overview
Levothyroxine sodium (T4), marketed under the brand name Synthroid, is a medication that is indicated for hypothyroidism and pituitary thyrotropin (Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone, TSH) suppression. Through Push Health, people in need of a levothyroxine prescription can connect with a licensed medical provider in their area online and get their Synthroid prescription delivered or made available for pickup at a local pharmacy.
Synthroid (Levothyroxine) - How It Works
What is Synthroid? Synthroid (levothyroxine sodium tablets) contains levothyroxine (T4) sodium. Synthetic T4 in levothyroxine is based on T4 produced by the thyroid gland. Oral levothyroxine sodium has the same physiological effect as endogenous T4 and helps maintain normal T4 levels in the setting of a T4 deficiency. As much as 80% of the T4 ingested orally is absorbed by the GI tract. Most T4 is bound by plasma proteins and, is this state, is not considered metabolically active. Much of the T4 in the body is broken down by the liver. T4 is eliminated through the urine and the stool. The adequacy of therapy with Synthroid (levothyroxine) should be assessed through periodic monitoring of T4 and TSH levels in addition to clinical status. Levothyroxine and a similar medication, liothyronine, differ in that levothyroxine is T4 while its counterpart is T3 thyroid hormone. Both hormones are found in Armour Thyroid medication.
Levothyroxine (Synthroid) - Dosage
Synthroid (levothyroxine) is available in tablets for oral administration in doses ranging from 25 mcg to 300 mcg. Synthroid tablets also contain inactive ingredients such as acacia, confectioner's sugar and magnesium stearate. Levothyroxine is typically administered with a single dose before breakfast (on an empty stomach). Synthroid should be administered once daily one-half to one hour before breakfast if possible. Levothyroxine (Synthroid) can interfere with other medications and should be administered according to the directions the pharmacist and medical provider when used with other medications. The actual levothyroxine dose depends on a variety of factors such as age, weight, other medical conditions, other medications being used. Levothyroxine can take up to six weeks before reaching the peak therapeutic effect. Routine assessment of thyroid lab testing is necessary for levothyroxine dosing.
Levothyroxine - Cost & Prescription
Synthroid pills typically cost $1-2 at most pharmacies. Generic levothyroxine pills are cheaper at under $1 per pill. Because both levothyroxine and Synthroid are prescription medications, they are not available over-the-counter (OTC) in the United States. Levothyroxine coupons may be available from the manufacturer or other sources. Synthroid should be stored at 25° C and be protected from light and moisture.
Can I Buy Levothyroxine Online?
Synthroid (levothyroxine) requires a prescription from a licensed medical provider to be dispensed in the United States. As a result, one cannot just buy levothyroxine online. Push Health connects people who are in need of a levothyroxine prescription with licensed medical providers who can prescribe levothyroxine if it is safe to do so.
Levothyroxine (Synthroid) - Side Effects
Levothyroxine, like all medications, has side effects when used. Examples of side effects of levothyroxine (Synthroid) include fatigue, increased appetite, weight loss, heat intolerance, fever and sweating. More severe side effects include changes in the central nervous system, palpitations, increased blood pressure and more. People who have a hypersensitivity or allergic reaction to levothyroxine should avoid using it. It is not recommended to drink alcohol while taking levothyroxine. Synthroid is not indicated for suppression of benign thyroid nodules and nontoxic diffuse goiter in iodine-sufficient patients. Synthroid is not indicated for treatment of hypothyroidism during the recovery phase of subacute thyroiditis. All people using levothyroxine should consult with their doctor or medical provider and a pharmacist before taking levothyroxine pills.
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Last updated August 1, 2019. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.