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Levothyroxine Dosage

General Dosing Information

Some considerations for people taking levothyroxine include the following:
  • The medication comes in the form of a tablet or soft gelatin capsule. It is usually taken once a day in the morning.
  • It is best to take levothyroxine on an empty stomach, 30 to 60 minutes before breakfast.
  • If necessary (such as for young children), a levothyroxine tablet may be crushed and mixed with one or two teaspoons of water. This mixture must be taken immediately (it should not be stored).
  • Try to take levothyroxine at the same time each day to keep an even level of the medication in your blood.
  • Your healthcare provider will adjust your levothyroxine dose based on certain blood tests. Be sure to tell your healthcare provider if you have missed any of your doses, as this may affect any dose adjustments.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Levothyroxine will not work if you stop taking it.
  • If you are unsure about anything related to your dosage of levothyroxine, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop taking the drug without first discussing it with your healthcare provider.
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