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Can You Get a Synthroid Prescription Online?
Synthroid is a drug to treat those living with hypothyroidism a condition when the body produces low levels of thyroid hormone. Having enough thyroid hormone is important for the maintenance of normal mental and physical activity.
What is Synthroid?
Synthroid is a substitute for the thyroid hormone thyroxine. It is used to help with thyroid hormone deficiency. The thyroid controls the human body’s metabolic system. The metabolic system controls things like body temperature, heartbeat and the burning of calories.
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How Does Synthroid work?
Synthroid is the manufactured equivalent of the hormones in the human thyroid gland. It contains crystalline tetraiodothyronine sodium salt and provides the same function as normal thyroid hormones. This means that synthroid can help to maintain and regulate the body’s metabolic system.
What Does Synthroid Treat?
Synthroid treats hypothyroidism which is an underactive thyroid. This condition occurs when there is low thyroid hormone levels brought about naturally or through injury by radiation/medications or surgery.
Thyroid hormone is used to regulate the bodies metabolic system which controls things like the heartbeat, body temperature and the burning of calories.
Synthroid Dosage and Treatment
It is always recommended that you follow the instructions given by the prescribing doctor regarding dosage.
This medication is taken by the mouth as directed by your doctor. It is usually taken once a day on an empty stomach or 30 minutes to 1 hour before breakfast. Take this medication with a full glass of water unless your doctor directs you otherwise.
The usual starting dose of this medication is 25-50mcg/day which will gradually increase in dosage strength. Dosage will be based on your age, weight, medical history, laboratory test results and individual response to treatment.
If you are taking the capsule form of this medication then you must swallow it whole.
Do not, split, crush, or chew the capsule form.
If you have a problem with swallowing or administering this medication to an infant or small child then you should use the tablet form of the medication.
For infants, children and others, who cannot swallow tablets whole, it is advised that you crush the tablet and mix it in 1 to 2 teaspoons (5 to 20 milliliters) of water. Do not prepare a mixture in advance and do not mix with soy infant formula. Consult your doctor for more information.
To derive the most benefits from synthroid, use it regularly. To aid in this endeavor, take the medication at the same time every day.
Do not stop taking synthroid without informing your doctor first. Doing so can result in complications. Do not change brands without first discussing it with your doctor.
Certain medications can decrease the amount of thyroid hormone that is absorbed by the body. These drugs include:
- Sodium polystyrene sulfonate
- Calcium supplements
This is not a complete list and these medications should be separated by at least 4 hours when taking Synthroid. Be sure to tell your doctor all medications you are taking before they prescribe you synthroid.
Benefits of Synthroid
Synthroid can help prevent the symptoms of low thyroid hormone levels such as:
- Muscle aches
- Dry skin
- Weight gain
- Slow heartbeat
- Sensitivity to cold.
If you experience any of these symptoms, or they persist or worsen after using synthroid for several weeks, please consult your doctor.
Side Effects of Synthroid
There is a possibility that hair loss may occur during the first months of using Synthroid. This effect is usually temporary. Your hair should begin growing back again once your body adjusts to the medication. If it does not, please consult your doctor.
The doctor will prescribed synthroid after carefully weighing the risk and benefits associated with this medication. If it is determined that the benefits outweigh the risks, you will get a prescription. Mild side effects should not be a reason to discontinue the use of this medication. Most people do not suffer serious side effects from synthroid.
If you experience symptoms of high thyroid hormone levels, please consult your doctor immediately. These symptoms include:
- Increased sweating
- Sensitivity to heat
- Mental/mood changes(such as nervousness, mood swings)
- Shortness of breath
- Bone pain
- Easily broken bones
- Chest pain
- Fast/pounding/irregular heartbeat
- Swelling hands/ankles/feet
Serious allergic reactions to this drug are rare. If you believe you are having an allergic reaction to this drug, seek medical attention immediately. The symptoms associated with an allergic reaction are:
- Itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat)
- Severe dizziness
- Trouble breathing
This is not an exhaustive list. Please contact your doctor if you experience any side effects not mentioned on this list.
Considerations and Precautions of Synthroid
Inform your doctor if you are allergic to Synthroid or have any other allergies. This product may contain certain inactive ingredient that can cause an allergic reaction or other problems. Talk to your doctor for more information.
Please share your medical history with your doctor before using this medication. This is especially so if you have a history of:
- Increased thyroid hormones (thyrotoxicosis)
- Decreased adrenal gland function
- Heart disease (such as coronary artery disease, irregular heartbeat)
- High blood pressure
This drug can affect blood sugar, so users with diabetes should be cautioned. Check your blood sugar regularly and share the results with your doctor. Tell your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:
- Increased thirst/urination
- Unusual sweating
The doctor may have to change your diabetes medication, exercise program and/or diet.
Before surgery, tell your doctor or dentist all the drugs you are using regardless if they are prescription, non-prescription or herbal, including synthroid.
Children are more sensitive to the side effects of synthroid, especially:
- vision changes
- hip/leg pain
High thyroid hormone levels may lead to a decrease in bone development and affect full adult height. Keep lab/medical appointments regularly to monitor any changes.
Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of synthroid. They may experience a fast or irregular heartbeat.
It is possible to use synthroid during pregnancy, but your dose may have to be adjusted. Consult your doctor for more information.
Synthriod can pass into breast milk but it is unlikely to harm a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast feedig.
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