Your healthcare provider will take several factors into consideration before prescribing a specific Tirosint dosage. Some of these factors include your age, the results of certain blood tests, and other medications you are taking. This prescription medication comes in the form of a soft-gelatin capsule and is taken once daily before breakfast, about 30 to 60 minutes before eating.
An Introduction to Dosing With TirosintThe dosage of Tirosint® (levothyroxine sodium) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your age
- Other medical conditions you may have
- The results of certain thyroid blood tests
- Any other medications you are taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
What Is the Recommended Dosage of Tirosint?Because people have varying degrees of hypothyroidism and other thyroid problems, Tirosint is not a "one-size-fits-all" medication. Instead, the Tirosint dosage must be individualized. It often takes several months to find the best dose, and this amount may need to be adjusted from time to time.
Some healthcare providers start at a low Tirosint dosage and slowly work up to the best dose, while others start at a higher dose and adjust as necessary. You will need frequent blood tests to monitor your thyroid function, and the results of these tests will guide your healthcare provider in making any necessary dosing adjustments.
Elderly people and people with heart problems are usually started on lower dosages, due to the risk for heart problems. A typical adult usually ends up taking 100 mcg to 125 mcg of Tirosint per day, although many people may need more or less. It is rare to need a dosage higher than 200 mcg per day.