Can thyroid pills be cut in half?
A Food and Drug Administration study found that the thyroid drug levothyroxine should not be cut even when tablets are scored (AAPS PharmSciTech, September 2010).
What happens if I miss 3 days of levothyroxine?
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember, unless it’s almost time for your next dose. In which case just skip the forgotten dose. Do not take 2 doses together to make up for a missed dose. If you forget often doses, it may help to set an alarm to remind you.
What happens if I reduce my levothyroxine?
Fatigue, muscle weakness, or joint pain. Depression. Memory problems. Weight gain; inability to lose weight despite diet and exercise.
Is it safe to abruptly stop levothyroxine?
Do not suddenly stop taking this medicine without first checking with your doctor. Your doctor may want you or your child to gradually reduce the amount you are using before stopping completely. Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you or your child are using this medicine.
Can I ever get off my thyroid medication?
Discontinuing any prescribed medication on your own is never a good idea- unless you are having significant side effects, and will be speaking to your physician shortly. In the case of Synthroid, discontinuing the medication results in a worsening of hypothyroid symptoms such as those that you listed.
What are symptoms of too much levothyroxine?
Symptoms of overdose
- Change in consciousness.
- cold, clammy skin.
- fast or weak pulse.
- sudden headache.
- sudden loss of coordination.
- sudden slurring of speech.
How much Levothyroxine should I take if I miss a dose?
The dose is usually 10 to 15 mcg per kg of body weight per day. If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.
How is levothyroxine used to treat underactive thyroid?
Uses Levothyroxine is used to treat an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism). It replaces or provides more thyroid hormone, which is normally produced by the thyroid gland. Low thyroid hormone levels can occur naturally or when the thyroid gland is injured by radiation / medications or removed by surgery.
Are there any side effects from taking levothyroxine?
fast or weak pulse. lightheadedness. loss of consciousness. sudden headache. sudden loss of coordination. sudden slurring of speech. Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine.
What’s the proper way to dispose of levothyroxine?
Do not double doses. Keep out of the reach of children. Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed. Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use. Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.