– Some things that are necessary to know about Synthroid.
– Why is Synthroid important in the first place?
Synthroid (levothyroxine sodium) refers to a synthetic compound or tablet that is identical to T4 (levothyroxine) produced by the human thyroid gland used to treat hypothyroidism.
Also, Synthroid is an artificial thyroid hormone, that is, it is man-made. Basically, it is for oral use as a prescription in treating a condition known as ‘hypothyroidism’.
Levothyroxine sodium is an active ingredient in Synthroid.
Why doctors prescribe this compound is to replace a hormone that the thyroid gland usually create; for thyroid replacement.
Although his compound has its specific use, its abuse is dangerous to the health. One should not use it inappropriately or without prescription.
However, this compound is useful to treat noncancerous growths or enlargement of the thyroid in patients with normal iodine levels.
Also, synthroid happens to be one of the thyroid hormones that one should not use alone or combine with other drugs for the treatment of obesity or weight loss.
Also, in the cases of temporary hypothyroidism that the inflammation of the thyroid gland causes, this compound should be put on hold (do not use it).
There are some side effects that can occur with the use of Synthroid. These side effects include the following;
Headache, fever, sweating profusely (in most cases), hair loss (temporal), nausea, irritability, insomnia (inability to sleep).
Loss of appetite or changes in appetite and changes in weight, irregularities in the menstrual cycle, chest pain, etc.
It is important that you see your doctor the moment you begin to notice the side effects.
Other side effects include difficulty in breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat, pounding heartbeats as well as fluttering of the chest.
Also, large doses of thyroid hormone, especially when we use them with certain drugs that reduce appetite, can result in serious effects.