What Is It?:Thyroid is a hormone produced by the body. When taken correctly, thyroid is used to treat the symptoms of hypothyroidism (a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone). Symptoms of hypothyroidism include lack of energy, depression, constipation, weight gain, hair loss, dry skin, dry coarse hair, muscle cramps, decreased concentration, aches and pains, swelling of the legs, and increased sensitivity to cold. Thyroid is also used to treat goiter (enlarged thyroid gland). Thyroid is in a class of medications called thyroid agents. It works by supplying the thyroid hormone normally produced by the body.
How To Use: Thyroid is taken by mouth. It usually is taken once a day before breakfast. Take thyroid at around the same time every day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take thyroid exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor. Thyroid helps control the symptoms of hypothyroidism, but does not cure this condition. It may take up to several weeks before you notice any change in your symptoms. To control the symptoms of hypothyroidism, you probably will need to take thyroid for the rest of your life. Continue to take thyroid even if you feel well. Do not stop taking thyroid without talking to your doctor.
Possible Side Effects: Thyroid may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away: weight loss, shaking of a part of your body that you cannot control, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, hyperactivity, anxiety, irritability or rapid changes in mood, difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, flushing, increased appetite, fever, changes in menstrual cycle, muscle weakness, temporary hair loss, particularly 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, difficulty breathing or swallowing, chest pain, rapid or irregular heartbeat, swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs, excessive sweating, sensitivity or intolerance to heat, nervousness, seizure
Storage: Keep in the original container. Keep out of the reach of children and pets. Capsules and tablets may be stored at room temperature. Some liquids should be stored in the refrigerator (see the prescription label.) Store all medicines away from excess heat and moisture. Do NOT store in the bathroom.
Note: If you miss a dose take it as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with the regular schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed one.