Euthyrox (Levothyroxine Sodium)
Levothyroxine Sodium General Information
Euthyrox (Levothyroxine Sodium) is indicated for the treatment of hypothyroidism. It is an underactive thyroid. This drug provides r replaces more thyroid hormone. It is normally produced by the thyroid gland. Low thyroid levels may happen naturally. It may also happen when the thyroid gland is injured by radiation/medications, or remove by surgery.
Having enough thyroid hormone is important for maintaining normal mental and physical activity. In children, having enough thyroid hormone is important for normal mental and physical development.
This medication may also be used to treat other types of thyroid disorders like goiter or thyroid cancer. This should not be used to treat infertility unless it is caused by low thyroid hormone levels.
How does Euthyrox (Levothyroxine Sodium) work?
Euthyrox (Levothyroxine Sodium) works by replacing the thyroxine that would normally be produced naturally by your thyroid gland. This returns levels of T3 and T4 to normal.
The thyroid gland usually creates and releases two thyroid hormones:
- Thyroxine (T4)
- Tri-iodothyronine (T3)
T3 is the more active thyroid hormone. Thyroxine (T4) is converted into T3 in various parts of the body. These hormones are responsible for maintaining a normal rate of metabolism in the body.
Why use Euthyrox (Levothyroxine Sodium)?
Euthyrox (Levothyroxine Sodium) is a replacement for a hormone. It is usually produced by your thyroid gland. It is to regulate the body’s energy and metabolism. This comes as a tablet for oral use. Each tablet has the strengths of:
- 25 mcg
- 50 mcg
- 75 mcg
- 88 mcg
- 100 mcg
- 112 mcg
- 125 mcg
- 137 mcg
- 150 mcg
- 175 mcg
- 200 mcg
This medication has the active ingredient of Levothyroxine Sodium. This was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
How to use Euthyrox (Levothyroxine Sodium)?
This medication is usually taken once a day. It is to be taken by mouth on an empty stomach. It may be 30 minutes to 1 hour before breakfast. Take the drug with a full glass of water. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response. Follow the prescription of your doctor carefully.
What are the side-effects of Euthyrox (Levothyroxine Sodium)?
- Weight changes
- Appetite changes
- Dryness of your skin or hair
- Changes in your menstrual periods
- Feeling nervous or irritable
- Leg cramps
- Muscle aches
- Hot flashes
Warnings and Precautions
- Tell your doctor if you are allergic to this drug. This may have an inactive ingredient that causes an allergic reaction.
- Consult your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding women.
- Keep this at room temperature away from moisture and heat.