Synthroid is a thyroid hormone. It works by replacing thyroid hormone when your body does not make enough on its own.
The combination of these substances in moderate time normalizes the thyroid gland and eliminates the symptoms of hypothyroidism (a condition of an organism at a low level of thyroid hormones) for a long time without the need to take iodine-containing drugs.
Synthroid is a combined medicament for the treatment and prevention of thyroid enlargement (diffuse goitre) and disruption of its functioning. In the preparation includes:
- levothyroxine sodium monohydrate is a synthetic analog of thyroid hormone – thyroxine (150 mcg);
- potassium iodide is a chemical compound of iodine (50 mg).
Potassium iodide makes up for the lack of iodine in the body. This leads to the increasing generation of the thyroid hormone thyroxine because iodine is a structural element of the hormone. Levothyroxine directly eliminate the deficiency of thyroxine in the body.
The drug is indicated for:
- treatment of diffuse goiter, resulting from iodine deficiency;
- prevention of recurrences after surgical removal of the goiter.
- overactive thyroid gland;
- the autonomy function of the gland (focal or diffuse);
- angina, acute myocarditis;
- dermatitis Duhring;
- therapy for patients under 18.
To prescribe the drug in heart failure, tachycardia, diabetes and diabetes insipidus, failure of adrenal function and of epilepsy in anamnesis and patients older than 65 years should be used with caution.
Side effects and overdose.
The drug is well tolerated. Unwanted effects may be caused by prolonged administration of unnecessarily high doses.
Excess levothyroxine causes:
- anxiety and anxiety;
- tremor of the extremities;
Excess iodine causes:
- allergic reactions;
- anaphylactic shock;
- an increase of perspiration.
Synthroid comes in tablet form Packed in blister packs and cardboard. Optimal dosage is 1 tablet a day half an hour before meals. The dose may be adjusted depending on the effectiveness of treatment or in other cases, such as during pregnancy. The duration of treatment is determined by a doctor, usually a minimum of a few months, and maximum for life.
Reviews about Synthroid.
The opinions of doctors about the drug is similar: don’t. If taken only for treatment of hypothyroidism – a lack of separate preparations of thyroxine to compensate for the deficit of iodine is enough to salt food iodized salt.
Negative reviews about Synthroid from patients are as follows:
-Drug ineffective (after taking not eliminated the symptoms – fatigue, drowsiness, hormonal levels).
-Has an inconvenient dosing (amount of levothyroxine in Synthroid is too little for adequate therapy, iodine is within normal limits. The increase in daily dose to normal levothyroxine will cause overdose of iodine).
The objective of these reviews is questionable, because of them it is unclear, therefore, was given the drug and how competent the doctor, watching the patient.
Patients taking the drug testimony, noted improvement in General condition, decrease panic attacks, anxiety. Weight gain is not noted in any of the reviews.