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Synthroid Overdose

Synthroid is a "narrow therapeutic index" medication, which means that the safe and effective dose is close to the toxic dose. As a result, a Synthroid overdose can occur if you take even a little more of your dosage than prescribed. Overdose symptoms can be dangerous and may include seizures, heart palpitations, and strokes. Treatment options for a Synthroid overdose may include pumping the stomach and supportive care.

Synthroid Overdose: An Introduction

Synthroid® (levothyroxine sodium) is a manufactured version of a particular thyroid hormone. Taking too much Synthroid can result in hyperthyroidism, which can be quite dangerous. The specific effects of a Synthroid overdose will vary, depending on a number of factors, including the Synthroid dosage and whether it was taken with any other medications or substances.
 

Symptoms of a Synthroid Overdose

The symptoms of a Synthroid overdose can be very dangerous. Some of the most dangerous symptoms include:
 
Synthroid is a "narrow therapeutic index" drug, which means that the safe and effective dose is usually very close to the toxic dose. Therefore, a Synthroid overdose can result from taking just a little too much Synthroid.
 

Treatment for a Synthroid Overdose

The treatment for a Synthroid overdose will also vary. If the overdose was recent, the healthcare provider may administer certain medicines or place a tube into the stomach to "pump the stomach." Treatment also involves supportive care, which consists of treating the symptoms that occur as a result of the overdose. For example, supportive treatment options may include:
 
  • Fluids through an intravenous line (IV), if necessary
  • Medications to control seizures, arrhythmias, or other symptoms
  • Other treatments based on the complications that occur.
     
It is important that you seek medical attention immediately if you believe that you may have overdosed on Synthroid.
 
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