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Thyroid Medication: Benefits and Side Effects of Levo-T

By    |   Wednesday, 29 Jun 2016 06:25 PM

Levo-T is a thyroid medication prescribed to treat hypothyroidism — a low level of thyroid hormone in the body. Thyroid hormones are necessary for multiple metabolic systems in the body and can cause mild to serious problems if levels are too low.

Levo-T, or levothyroxine sodium, works by replacing or increasing the depleted T4 thyroid hormone normally produced and released by the thyroid gland, says MedicineNet. It is also used to prevent thyroid goiter growth and stop the release of thyroid hormone from cancerous thyroid nodules.

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The benefits of this thyroid medication, says Iodine.com, include a decrease in negative hypothyroidism symptoms, its safety for any age and for pregnant women, and its affordability.

People have reported on Iodine.com that Levo-T has helped increase energy levels, decrease brain fog, and eventually helped with weight loss for some, although medical experts advise against using Levo-T or any other thyroid medication for weight loss.

Pharmacists have also suggested that brand name thyroid medications, such as Levo-T, have proven to be more effective than the generic form for some people.

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WebMD lists the following side effects that could occur while taking this thyroid medication:

• Common side effect: hair loss
• Serious side effects: increased sweating, heat sensitivity, mental or mood changes, fatigue, diarrhea, tremors, headache, or shortness of breath. These side effects may indicate high thyroid hormone levels and require medical attention.
• Rare but serious side effects: chest pain, fast or irregular heart rate, swelling, or seizures. Seek medical attention right away if you experience any of these symptoms.

Other side effects of Levo-T thyroid medication, reports Iodine.com, include increased appetite, muscle weakness, insomnia, vomiting, live problems, fever, hyperactivity, and abdominal cramps. These symptoms indicate high levels of thyroid hormone and require a medical professional’s assistance to normalize thyroid hormone levels.

Regular blood tests are required while taking thyroid medication, and there are a number of drug interactions that can occur while taking Levo-T. Speak to a pharmacist or doctor prior to starting new medications, herbal, or vitamin supplements. Food interactions also exist.

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