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||BRAND NAME : Eltroxin
CHEMICAL CONTENTS: Anhydrous thyroxine Na.
Eltroxin, Euthyrox, Levo-T, Levotabs, Levothroid, Levoxyl, Synthroid, Unithroid
Eltroxin, a synthetic thyroid hormone may be given in any of the following cases:
If your own thyroid gland is not making enough hormone;
If you have an enlarged thyroid (a goiter) or are at risk for developing a goiter;
If you have certain cancers of the thyroid;
If your thyroid production is low due to surgery, radiation, certain drugs, or disease of the pituitary gland or hypothalamus in the brain.
Your doctor will tailor the dosage to meet your individual requirements, taking into consideration the status of your thyroid gland and other medical conditions you may have. Older adults often require somewhat smaller doses. To make sure the dosage is right for you, the doctor will monitor your thyroid hormone level with periodic blood tests.
Eltroxin Contraindications :
You should not be treated with Eltroxin if you are hypersensitive to thyroid hormone; your thyroid gland is making too much thyroid hormone; you have had a recent heart attack; or your adrenal glands are not making enough corticosteroid hormone. If you are sensitive to dyes, you can take the Eltroxin 50-microgram tablet, which is made without color additives.
Although Eltroxin will speed up your metabolism, it is not effective as a weight-loss drug and should not be used as such. An overdose may cause life-threatening side effects, especially if you take Eltroxin with an appetite-suppressant medication.
Eltroxin Side Effects:
Side effects from Eltroxin, other than overdose symptoms, are rare. People who are treated with Eltroxin may initially lose some hair, but this effect is usually temporary. You may have an allergic reaction such as a rash or hives. Children may have an increase in pressure within the skull. Excessive dosage or a too rapid increase in dosage may lead to overstimulation of the thyroid gland. Notify your doctor immediately if you develop any if the following symptoms.
Symptoms of overstimulation:
Abdominal cramps, anxiety, changes in appetite, change in menstrual periods, chest pain, diarrhea, emotional instability, fatigue, fever, flushing, hair loss, headache, heart attack or failure, heat intolerance, hyperactivity, increased heart rate, irregular heartbeat, irritability, muscle weakness, nausea, nervousness, palpitations, shortness of breath, sleeplessness, sweating, tremors, vomiting, weight loss
An overdose of Eltroxin can produce the same symptoms of overstimulation listed in side effects above. Confusion and disorientation are also possible, and there have been reports of stroke, shock, coma, and death. If you suspect a massive overdose, seek emergency medical attention immediately.
Eltroxin Missed dose:
Take Eltroxin as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Never take 2 doses at the same time. If you miss 2 or more doses in a row, consult your doctor.
Keep Eltroxin in a tightly closed container. Store it at room temperature, away from light and moisture.
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