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Levoxyl Thyroid Medication: Benefits and Side Effects You Need to Know

By    |   Thursday, 03 March 2016 06:53 PM

Levoxyl may benefit some patients with a thyroid disease, but there are some side effects to note before beginning to use the medication.

Levoxyl, a form of the medication also known as Synthroid or levothyroxine, is a synthetic thyroid hormone replacement to help people whose thyroid glands do not produce enough, Drugs.com reported. This condition is known hypothyroidism.

By making up for a lack of hormones produced, Levoxyl helps to treat the symptoms of hypothyroidism, including fatigue, drowsiness, and even depression. Levoxyl can also help to reduce the swelling of the thyroid, diminishing a lump on the neck called a goiter that may develop in patients that have an over-exerted thyroid gland, according to Rx List.

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Studies so far have shown that Levoxyl is not harmful to an infant during pregnancy, Rx List noted. The medication does get into breast milk. Those who are thinking about breastfeeding or pregnancy should contact a doctor prior to treatment.

Patient should not stop taking Levoxyl once pregnant because low hormones can cause damage to the child’s development, Drugs.com reported.

Many people do not experience any side effects from the drug, though a common one is mild hair loss, Rx List noted. More serious side effects include headache, insomnia, nervousness, irritability, hot flashes, sweating, and irregular or rapid heartbeats.

Levoxyl may also cause decreased or lost fertility, as well, according to Rx List.

Risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, heart failure, and cardiac arrest may increase while taking Levoxyl, the Pfizer noted.

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Those who take lithium, amiodarone, antidepressants, or radiation therapy with iodine should be weary of Levoxyl before starting treatment because the medications may interact, according to Rx List. Such reactions may cause adverse side effects, so patients should speak with a physician prior to using Levoxyl.

Medications such as cholestyramine, colestipol, colesevelam, antacids, sucralfate, simethicone, iron, sodium polystyrene sulfonate, calcium carbonate, and orlistat can decrease the ability of the body to absorb the hormones Levoxyl provides, MedicineNet.com reported. For this reason, those taking such medications should take them at different times approximately four hours apart.

Severe allergic reactions to the drug are rare, Rx List said.

Those interested in taking Levoxyl should speak with a physician before beginning to take the medication to discuss medical history and dosage.

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