Levothyroxine is a replacement for a hormone that is normally produced by your thyroid gland to regulate the body’s energy and metabolism. Levothyroxine is given when the thyroid does not produce enough of this hormone on its own. Levothyroxine treats hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone). Levothyroxine is also used to treat or prevent goiter (enlarged thyroid gland), which can be caused by hormone imbalances, radiation treatment, surgery, or cancer. Levothyroxine should not be used to treat obesity or weight problems. Levothyroxine may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide. Take levothyroxine exactly as your doctor has prescribed it for you. Do not use more of the medication than recommended. Do not take levothyroxine for longer than your doctor has prescribed. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results from this medication. It is very important to take levothyroxine with a full glass (8 ounces) of water. The levothyroxine tablet can dissolve very quickly and swell in the throat, possibly causing choking or gagging. Take this medicine on an empty stomach, 30 minutes before eating. Levothyroxine is usually taken in the morning. Follow your doctor’s dosing instructions and try to take this medication at the same time each day. It may take several weeks before your body starts to respond to this medication.

Source: http://www.everydayhealth.com/info/v1/what-is-Synthroid/?z=general/dlp

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  1. link Beverly63
    I have been taking med for 16yrs
    I recently got my dosage change of the Synthroid. It was increased. I have had white hair for 20 years and now it is turning very dark. Has any one ha - 17% more...
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  2. link Tangerine1
    My Heart Rate Spikes on Synthroid
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  3. link Judex
    Anxiety, more hot flashes.
    I take .088 MG Synthroid. Been taking thyroid replacement for 50 years. Also been taking Premarin (full hysterectomy) for 17 years. Doc said to go off - 79% more...
    Judex- over a year ago - in Synthroid
  4. link Sharee
    Cant get the right doseage
    I had RAI in April of 2011. I was hyper and had nodules on my thyroid. My Dr started me out on 50mcg of synthroid in Sept of 2011. My TSH was 15.0 at - 85% more...
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  5. link Zap1111
    I am in PAIN
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  6. link Tvalentine7
    I FEEL SO FATq
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  7. link Kirkfan12002
    Synthroid and depression
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  8. link Glynisrose
    The write up
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    Glynisrose- over a year ago - in Synthroid
  9. link Azd09
    Been around it long enough....
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    Azd09- over a year ago - in Synthroid
  10. link Snartie
    disconnectedness
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    Snartie- over a year ago - 3 Replies - in Synthroid
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