For which conditions or diseases is Thyroid pills prescribed?
When taken properly, thyroid hormones are used to treat the symptoms of hypothyroidism (a disorder in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone). Symptoms of hypothyroidism include lack of energy, depression, constipation, weight gain, hair loss, dry skin, thick and dry hair and muscle cramps.
One may also experience decreased concentration, irritation, and pain, inflammation (swelling) of the legs and increase of sensitivity to cold. The thyroid is also used to treat goiter (enlarged thyroid gland). It belongs to a class of medications called thyroid agents and works by providing the thyroid hormone that is normally produced by the body.
The dosage form available for the thyroid is capsule shaped. All of Absolute Pharmacy’s capsules are made according to the standards of USP 795. The quality of our product is assured.
Mechanism of action:
The dried thyroid contains Liothyronine and Levothyroxine; Liothyronine (T3) is the main hormone, while levothyroxine (T4) is the hormone secreted by the thyroid gland, which metabolizes T3 into peripheral tissues. T4 and TSH concentrations are commonly used to monitor thyroid function.
The thyroid hormones come packaged as capsules to take by mouth. It is usually taken once a day before breakfast. It should be taken around the same time every day. Follow the instructions on the prescription label carefully and ask your doctor or pharmacist for anything you do not understand. Use the medication exactly as directed. Do not use more or less than the indicated dose or more often than prescribed by your doctor. Your doctor may start with a low dose of the medication and increase it gradually.
Thyroid hormones help control the symptoms of hypothyroidism, but it does not cure the disorder. It may take several weeks before you notice a change in your symptoms. To control the symptoms of hypothyroidism, you will probably need to take thyroid hormones for the rest of your life.
Continue to take the medication even if you feel better and do not stop taking it without first talking to your doctor.
Before taking this medication:
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to thyroid hormones, other medicines, pork, or any of the components in your thyroid glands. Ask your pharmacist for a list of the ingredients.
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking or plan to take. Be sure to mention the following: androgens; Anticoagulants; Antidepressants; Medicines for diabetes to take by mouth; Estrogen (hormone replacement therapy); Human growth hormone; insulin; Oral contraceptives containing estrogens; Oral steroids; Analgesics (aspirin
- If you take cholestyramine (Questran) or colestipol (Colestid), take them at least 4 hours before taking this medicine. If you take antacids, iron-containing medicines or nutritional supplements, simethicone, or sucralfate (Carafate), take them at least 4 hours before or 4 hours after taking your thyroid hormones.
- Tell your doctor what herbal products you are taking, especially St. John’s Wort.
- Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had diabetes, osteoporosis, Hardening or blockage of the arteries (atherosclerosis), cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension, high blood cholesterol and fat levels, angina (chest pain), arrhythmias, or heart attack. Also, be wary of bad absorption disease (a condition that causes a decrease in intestinal absorption, poorly active adrenal or pituitary gland, or diseases of the kidney or liver.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, call your doctor immediately.
- Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of taking thyroid hormones if you are 65 years of age or older. Older adults usually should not take high doses of thyroid medication because it is not as safe as other medications that can be used to treat the same condition.
- If you are having any surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking this medicine.
What should I do if I forget to take a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed dose. Tell your doctor if you miss 2 or more thyroid doses in a row.
This medication can cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms become severe or do not go away:
- Uncontrollable tremor of one part of the body
- Stomach cramps
- Irritability or rapid changes in mood
- Difficulty staying or staying asleep
- Increased appetite
- Changes in the menstrual cycle
- Muscular weakness
- Temporary hair loss, especially in children during the first month of therapy
Some Side Effects Can Be Serious. If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
- Rash (rash on the skin)
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Chest pain
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
- Swelling (swelling) of the hands, feet, ankles, or calves
- Excessive perspiration
- Sensitivity or intolerance to heat
- Convulsive crisis
This medication can cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.
Keep this medicine in the container tightly closed and out of the reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excessive heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer used. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of medications.
Other important information:
- Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor may order some lab tests to check your body’s response to the thyroid hormones.
- Thyroid capsules may have a strong odor. This does not mean that the medication is in poor condition or that it is not fit to be used.
- Check the drug every time your prescription is renewed or when you receive a new prescription.
- Do not let others take your medicine. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about how to renew this prescription.