What is this medicine?
LEVOTHYROXINE (lee voe thye ROX een) is a thyroid hormone. This medicine can improve symptoms of thyroid deficiency such as slow speech, lack of energy, weight gain, hair loss, dry skin, and feeling cold. It also helps to treat goiter (an enlarged thyroid gland).
How should I use this medicine?
This medicine is for injection into a muscle or into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
Contact your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children and infants as young as a few days of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
changes in menstrual periods
excessive sweating or intolerance to heat
fast or irregular heartbeat
swelling of ankles, feet, or legs
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
changes in appetite
What may interact with this medicine?
certain medicines for depression
certain medicines to treat cancer
female hormones, like estrogens and birth control pills, patches, rings, or injections
medicines for colds and breathing difficulties
medicines for diabetes
medicines or dietary supplements for weight loss
phenobarbital or other barbiturates
steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone
What if I miss a dose?
This does not apply.
Where should I keep my medicine?
This does not apply. This medicine will be given to you in a hospital or health clinic setting. You will not store this medicine at home.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
Addison's disease or other adrenal gland problem
dieting or on a weight loss program
pituitary gland problem
take medicines that treat or prevent blood clots
an unusual or allergic reaction to levothyroxine, thyroid hormones, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
You will need regular exams and occasional blood tests to check the response to treatment. If you are receiving this medicine for an underactive thyroid, it may be several weeks before you notice an improvement. Check with your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve.
It may be necessary for you to take this medicine for the rest of your life. Do not stop using this medicine unless your doctor or health care professional advises you to.
This medicine can affect blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, check your blood sugar as directed.
You may lose some of your hair when you first start treatment. With time, this usually corrects itself.
If you are going to have surgery, tell your doctor or health care professional that you are taking this medicine.
July 17, 2018