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Were you looking for information about Levothyroxine? Levothroxine is a common misspelling of levothyroxine.
 
Levothyroxine sodium is a prescription medicine that is used to treat several conditions, such as an underactive thyroid and certain types of thyroid cancer. The drug is a synthetic version of a naturally occurring thyroid hormone found in the body (T4).
 
The medication works by boosting the thyroid hormones. As with any medicine, side effects are possible; these include hair loss, insomnia, and heart palpitations. There are several generic and brand-name levothyroxine products currently available. Before starting treatment, let your healthcare provider know if you have osteoporosis, a heart problem, an overactive thyroid, or any other medical conditions.
  
(To read the full eMedTV article about this medication, click Levothyroxine. This article covers how the drug works, dosing information, possible side effects, and more. You can also click on any of the links in the box to the right for more specific information.)
 
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