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Thyroid Medication: Benefits and Side Effects of Levolet

By    |   Tuesday, 31 May 2016 04:40 PM

Patients with hypothyroidism, an underactive thyroid, benefit from thyroid medication that increases hormone levels. Levolet is a synthetic version of thyroxine, the natural thyroid hormone that helps with the function of the body’s metabolism.

Levolet is a brand name not sold in the United States, but it can be purchased worldwide or over the internet. Additionally, levothyroxine is the generic form of Levolet, and that is available in the U.S.

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Levothyroxine drugs include Levoxyl, Synthroid, Levothroid, Unithroid, and Tirosint.

In hypothyroidism, the body is unable to produce sufficient amounts of thyroid hormone. Symptoms of an underactive thyroid are usually related to slow metabolism, EndocrineWeb explains.

Such symptoms include:

• Weakness
• Fatigue
• Muscle cramps or aches
• Decreased libido
• Abnormal menstrual cycles
• Depression
• Irritability
• Memory Loss
• Weight gain
• Constipation
• Dry hair and skin, or hair loss
• Intolerance to cold

The symptoms vary among people and often depend on how long the thyroid problems have been present. There could be several symptoms. Sometimes, there are no symptoms.

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As with many thyroid medications, Levolet and levothyroxine have possible side effects. According to the National Institutes of Health, they include:

• Headache
• Nausea and vomiting
• Weight loss
• Stomach cramps
• Diarrhea
• Fever
• Insomnia
• Menstrual changes
• Nervousness or irritability
• Tremor
• Excessive sweating
• Increased appetite
• Heat sensitivity
• Temporary hair loss

Chest pain and irregular heartbeat are side effects that need immediate medical attention.

The various levothyroxine brands may contain different amounts of medication for a patient’s particular symptoms. Patients should change medication only under the supervision of a doctor.

Other medications or supplements could interact with levothyroxine, so it’s important for patients to tell their doctor about other prescription or nonprescription drugs and herbal products they are taking.

Patients also need to keep their physicians informed about health conditions, including pregnancy, which may need adjustments to the thyroid medications prescribed.

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