Tirosint is prescribed for treating an underactive thyroid, certain types of thyroid cancer, and goiters. It is approved for use in adults, children, and infants, and works by increasing the levels of thyroid hormones in the body. A healthcare provider may also recommend using Tirosint "off-label" in combination with other medications to treat depression that has not improved with other treatments.
What Is Tirosint Used For?Tirosint® (levothyroxine sodium) is a prescription medication that is a manufactured version of levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone. It is used to treat the following conditions:
- Underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism)
- Certain types of thyroid cancer (when used with surgery or other treatments)
- Goiters (including thyroid nodules).
Tirosint comes in a unique soft-gelatin capsule formulation. It has been suggested that Tirosint may provide a more stable and consistent dosage, compared to the tablet formulations of levothyroxine.
Tirosint Uses for HypothyroidismHypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid) is a common medical problem. It can occur as the result of two very different problems. It can be caused by:
- An inflammation of the thyroid or other problems that cause it to be underactive.
- Treatments for other thyroid problems, such as an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism). Part of the thyroid is often intentionally destroyed (using surgery or other treatments) in order to treat cancer, nodules, or hyperthyroidism. However, it is common to destroy too much of the thyroid, leaving people with an underactive thyroid.
Either way, the end result is the same -- the thyroid does not produce enough thyroid hormones, which results in the following hypothyroidism symptoms:
- Fatigue and weakness
- Feeling cold all the time
- Weight gain
- Coarse, dry hair
- Skin that is dry, rough, and pale
- Hair loss
- Changes in the menstrual cycle
- A decreased sex drive
- Muscle cramps
- Memory loss.
As you can see, many of these symptoms can be subtle. Many people blame aging or stress, without realizing they have a thyroid problem. Tirosint works to boost the body's thyroid hormone levels, which can help relieve symptoms of hypothyroidism. However, do not expect results overnight; it often takes several weeks to notice any improvement.
It is important to understand that with Tirosint, more is not necessarily better. Taking too much will cause symptoms of hyperthyroidism, some of which can be quite dangerous. This is why your healthcare provider will carefully monitor you, using blood tests, to make sure you are not taking too much or too little Tirosint.