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When and How to Take It

General considerations for when and how to take Westhroid include the following:
  • The medication comes in tablet form and is usually taken once a day.
  • Although the prescribing information for Westhroid does not mention this, it is best to take the drug on an empty stomach, 30 to 60 minutes before a meal.
  • Since the tablets contain ground-up pig thyroids, they have a characteristic odor that many people consider unpleasant.
  • Your healthcare provider will adjust your Westhroid dose based on certain blood tests. Be sure to tell him or her if you have missed any of your doses, as this may affect any dosing adjustments.
  • Try to take your dose at the same time each day to keep an even level in your blood.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Westhroid will not work if you stop taking it.

Dosing Information for Westhroid

The dosage that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • The results of certain thyroid blood tests
  • Your age
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Any other medications you are taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Westhroid Dosage for more information.)

Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Westhroid. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. Serious side effects are less common.
Some of the possible side effects of Westhroid include but are not limited to:
(Click Westhroid Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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