Synthroid Medication Information
Available by prescription only, Synthroid® (levothyroxine sodium) is a manufactured version of levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone. This product is used to treat the following conditions:
- Underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism)
- Goiters (including thyroid nodules)
- Certain types of thyroid cancer (when used with surgery or other treatments).
Synthroid comes in the form of a tablet and is usually taken once a day in the morning. The medication is sold in a variety of strengths. Your healthcare provider will adjust your dose based on the results of your blood tests. Let your healthcare provider know if you have missed any of your doses, as this may affect any adjustments.
Most people tolerate the medicine well; however, it can cause side effects, including hair loss, high blood pressure, and heart palpitations. Also, make sure your healthcare provider has information about other medications you are using before using Synthroid.
(For information on how this medication works, what to do if you miss a dose, and more, click Synthroid.)