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Unithroid Thyroid Medication: Benefits and Side Effects

By    |   Monday, 23 May 2016 06:01 PM

If you have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, you may wonder what the best thyroid medication is for you. Unithroid is commonly prescribed, but you should know the benefits and the risks of taking it.

Unithroid is the brand name of the generic drug levothyroxine, says Drugs.com. It is a synthetic replacement for thyroid hormone normally produced by the thyroid gland to regulate many bodily functions and the metabolism. It effectively treats underactive thyroid, or hypothyroidism. It can also help prevent goiter, or enlarged thyroid gland.

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Since thyroid hormone is naturally produced in the body, just about any patient can tolerate Unithroid. According to RxList, it may take several weeks for the body to begin to respond to the hormones, but taking thyroid medication will alleviate the symptoms of hypothyroidism.

According to Progressive Health, Unithroid
is similar to other drugs used to treat hypothyroidism but it still may affect different patients in different ways. It is important to stay on the same thyroid medication during the entire course of treatment, usually for life.

People who have adrenal gland problems, heart disease, thyrotoxicosis should not take Unithroid. There are other conditions that can affect the body’s ability to absorb the hormones effectively, so it is important to discuss your entire medical history with a physician prior to treatment.

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Unithroid should be taken exactly as directed, preferably at the same time each day, and at least 30 minutes before eating in the morning. It can interfere with other medications like cholesterol-lowering drugs, antacids, and iron supplements, explains RxList. These drugs may need to be taken four hours apart from Unithroid.

Most side effects occur when the Unithroid dosage is too high, says Progressive Health.

Taking too much thyroid hormone produces side effects similar to the symptoms of hyperthyroidism, or overactive thyroid. These include irritability, trouble sleeping, sensitivity to heat, heart palpitations, headaches, and difficulty breathing. If these occur, contact your physician immediately as your medication or dosage may need to be adjusted.

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