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Thyroid Medication: Benefits and Side Effects of Levoxyl

By    |   Thursday, 12 May 2016 07:01 PM

Thyroid medication is often used to treat thyroid disorders. Levoxyl, in particular, is used to treat hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid. As with all medications, there are benefits and side effects that are important to understand.

Levothyroxine, or Levoxyl, is a synthetic T4 thyroid medication used to replace or increase thyroid hormone, says WebMD.

Thyroid hormone is necessary for multiple processes in the body, therefore, when hormone levels are low due to natural occurrence, injury, autoimmune disorders, thyroid removal, or radiation injury, a medication such as Levoxyl is often prescribed. Levoxyl is also used to treat thyroid goiters and certain types of thyroid cancer.

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According to Livestrong, a major benefit of using a thyroid medication such as Levoxyl at the correct prescribed dose is the normalization of thyroid hormone levels, which can reverse some of the symptoms of an underactive thyroid.

Thyroid medication, says WebMD, should be taken under the supervision of a doctor and only used to treat thyroid disorders. Caution should be taken when taking Levoxyl if thyroid levels have increased, adrenal gland function has decreased, heart disease is present, or if a person has high blood pressure or diabetes.

Drug and food interactions may also occur when taking Levoxyl. Some interactions may cause serious side effects or limit the absorption of the thyroid medication.

Though Levoxyl is one of the most prescribed and tolerated thyroid medications, according to the Mayo Clinic, side effects are possible. Less common and rare side effects should be reported to a doctor immediately.

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Some of the less common side effects include chest pain, difficulty breathing, extreme fatigue, irregular or racing heart rate, fever, heat intolerance, increased blood pressure, nausea, and swelling of the eyes, face, lips, throat or tongue.

Rare side effects include blurred or double vision, dizziness, pain in the hip or knee, seizures, or severe headache.

The Mayo Clinic explains that some side effects of thyroid medication may not necessitate medical attention but recommends checking with a doctor should the effects continue or become bothersome.

Some of these side effects include abdominal cramps, appetite changes, crying, a feeling of euphoria, paranoia, depression, headache, hair loss, increased appetite, mood swings, nervousness, restlessness, vomiting, unusual tiredness, weight gain, or weight loss.

Regular blood tests are required to check thyroid levels and monitor possible negative side effects.

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