Levothroid [DSC]; Levoxyl; Synthroid; Tirosint; Unithroid; Unithroid Direct
Eltroxin; Levothyroxine Sodium; Levothyroxine Sodium for Injection; Synthroid
- Do not use this drug to treat obesity or for weight loss. Very bad and sometimes deadly side effects may happen with this drug if it is taken in large doses or with other drugs for weight loss. Talk with the doctor.
- It is used to add thyroid hormone to the body.
- It is used to treat or prevent an enlarged thyroid gland.
- It is used to manage thyroid cancer.
- It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.
- If you have an allergy to levothyroxine or any other part of this drug.
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you have any of these health problems: Overactive thyroid gland, recent heart attack, or weak adrenal gland.
Tablets and capsules:
- If you have trouble swallowing.
For all patients taking this drug:
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take this drug. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Do not run out of this drug.
- It may take several weeks to see the full effects.
- If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), you will need to watch your blood sugar closely.
- Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
- This drug may cause weak bones (osteoporosis) with long-term use. Talk with your doctor to see if you have a higher chance of weak bones or if you have any questions.
- This drug may affect how much of some other drugs are in your body. If you are taking other drugs, talk with your doctor. You may need to have your blood work checked more closely while taking this drug with your other drugs.
- If you are 65 or older, use this drug with care. You could have more side effects.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
- If giving to your child, the dose of this drug may need to be changed as your child’s weight changes. Have your child’s weight checked often. Talk with the doctor before changing your child’s dose.
- This drug may affect growth in children and teens in some cases. They may need regular growth checks. Talk with the doctor.
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Chest pain or pressure or a fast heartbeat.
- A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
- Shortness of breath, a big weight gain, swelling in the arms or legs.
- Lump on your neck.
- Feeling more or less hungry.
- A change in weight without trying.
- Loose stools (diarrhea).
- Stomach cramps.
- Throwing up.
- Feeling irritable.
- Feeling nervous and excitable.
- Not able to sleep.
- Bothered by heat.
- Sweating a lot.
- Leg cramps.
- Muscle weakness.
- Period (menstrual) changes.
- Hair loss may happen in some people in the first few months of using this drug. This most often goes back to normal.
All oral products:
- Take on an empty stomach 30 minutes before breakfast.
- Do not take iron products, antacids that have aluminum or magnesium, or calcium carbonate, within 4 hours of this drug.
- Some other drugs may need to be taken at some other time than this drug. If you take other drugs, check with your doctor or pharmacist to see if you need to take them at some other time than this drug.
- Some foods like soybean flour (infant formula) may change how this drug works in your body. Talk with your doctor.
- If you drink grapefruit juice or eat grapefruit often, talk with your doctor.
- To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
- Keep taking this drug as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.
- Swallow capsule whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.
- Some products may cause choking, gagging, or trouble swallowing. These products must be taken with a full glass of water. Ask your pharmacist if you need to take your product with a full glass of water.
- You may crush tablet and mix with 1 or 2 teaspoons (5 or 10 mL) of water.
Tablets and capsules:
- There is more than 1 brand of this drug. One brand cannot safely be used for the other. The doctor will tell you about any needed change.
- You may put this drug right in your mouth or you may mix it with water. If mixing with water, empty the contents into a cup with water in it. Squeeze the container over the cup at least 5 times until no more drug comes out. Stir well.
- After mixing, take your dose right away. Do not store for future use.
- Rinse cup with more water and drink.
- Take with water only; do not take with other drinks.
- It is given as a shot into a vein.
All oral products:
- Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
- Call your doctor to find out what to do.
All oral products:
- Store at room temperature.
- Protect from light.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Store in protective pouch until ready for use.
- Throw away 15 days after opening the pouch.
- If you need to store this drug at home, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else’s drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.