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.
- If you have trouble swallowing.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Feeling more or less hungry.
- A big weight gain or loss.
- Loose stools (diarrhea).
- Stomach cramps.
- Throwing up.
- Grouchy or touchy.
- Feeling nervous and excitable.
- Not able to sleep.
- Bothered by heat.
- Sweating a lot.
- Leg cramps.
- Muscle weakness.
- Period (menstrual) changes. These include spotting between cycles or very light periods.
- Hair loss may happen in some people in the first few months of using this drug. This most often goes back to normal.
- Follow how to take this drug as you have been told by your doctor. Do not use more than you were told to use.
- Keep taking this drug as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.
- To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
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.
- Take on an empty stomach 30 minutes before breakfast.
- Do not take iron products, antacids that have aluminum and magnesium, calcium carbonate, simethicone, sucralfate, Kayexalate®, colestipol, or cholestyramine within 4 hours of this drug.
- Some foods like soybean flour (infant formula) may change how this drug works in your body. Talk with your doctor.
- 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.
- It is given as a shot into a vein.
Tablets and capsules:
- 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.
Tablets and capsules:
- Store at room temperature.
- Protect from light.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- 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.