Levothyroxine is a synthetic version of the thyroid hormone thyroxine (T4). The medication is taken to help treat an underactive thyroid gland, also known as hypothyroidism. Levothyroxine was first created in 1927 and is now one of the most widely used medications worldwide. It is also listed as an essential medicine by the World Health Organisation.
Levothyroxine should be taken once a day, preferably in the morning shortly after waking up. You should take it on an empty stomach and before consuming any caffeine, as it can stop the medication working properly. The instructions will also be on the patient information leaflet, which can be found inside the packaging of the medication and online.
Any medication can cause side effects, especially if you take more than the instructed dose. If you experience side effects from Levothyroxine tablets they should go away shortly after, but if they persist for longer than 24 hours you should contact your healthcare provider.
The common side effects of Levothyroxine are:
Although it’s rare, some can have serious side effects to Levothyroxine or even be allergic. In this case you should contact the emergency services as soon as possible.
Levothyroxine tablets are generally considered safe for most people, but there are some people that should not be prescribed the medication if they’re over 50 or are taking other medication that could interact with it or are allergic to the medication. Your GP or pharmacist should ask you the relevant questions during your consultation to learn if this medication is suitable for your health needs.
You should always keep Levothyroxine tablets in secure place that’s dry, away from sunlight and below 25°C. Medication should also not be stored in the bathroom due to the room being damp. This information can be found on the patient information leaflet that’s included in the box your medication comes in, as well as accessible online. Incorrect storage of medication can harm the effectiveness of the treatment, so you should always follow the instructions given to you.
You can buy Levothyroxine tablets online through online pharmacies, such as e-Surgery. We offer competitively priced medication for those who need it most. Simply use our ‘Ask-a-Pharmacist‘ service and complete a short consultation with one of our medical team.
e-Surgery uses Royal Mail delivery with choices starting from; Royal Mail 48 tracked delivery, Royal Mail tracked 24 and Royal Mail 1pm special delivery (discover more about e-Surgery delivery). When you buy Levothyroxine tablets online, they will arrive in discreet, recyclable packaging at a delivery address of your choice. Find out to recycle packaging from e-Surgery.
Yes, Levothyroxine is safe to use whilst you’re pregnant, trying for a baby or are breastfeeding. If you are taking Levothyroxine before becoming pregnant, it’s advised that you carry on taking the medication to avoid any complications for you or your baby later down the line.
Most branded versions of Levothyroxine all sell the same medication but simply branded differently. This means that there is not much difference between each brand or an unbranded version. Some may have a preference with certain manufacturers.
Although most hyperthyroidism medication is gluten free, some can contain gluten. This will depend on the brand or manufacturer, so if you are gluten intolerant, you should speak to your prescriber so they can inform you of the ingredients of the specific medication they are prescribing for you.
Yes, taking Levothyroxine can increase the feeling of anxiety, but this is usually if the patient has taken too high a dose of the medication. If you experience anxious feelings when taking Levothyroxine, speak to your GP or pharmacist so they can help diagnose what’s causing the anxiety symptoms.
Yes, it’s usually advised to take Levothyroxine tablets either before you go to sleep or before having breakfast in the morning. This is because there are less disturbances in the body caused by food or other medications, allowing Levothyroxine to digest into the body and begin working properly.
Patients who take Levothyroxine have been shown to possess higher levels of cholesterol than those who do not take it. The increase is not something to be concerned about, unless you have a history of high cholesterol, which in this case you should always consult your GP and make them aware of your condition and the concerns you may have about taking Levothyroxine.
Possibly. High blood pressure is not a common side effect of taking Levothyroxine, but it is possible for it to increase blood pressure. This is usually caused by taking higher than the recommended dosage of Levothyroxine, which can increase blood pressure and elevate your heartbeat. You might already have undiagnosed high blood pressure which can be treated with medication available at e-Surgery.
Yes. When people first begin taking Levothyroxine, they can notice partial hair loss, this is usually only temporary, and it should grow back not long after you take the medication. There are treatment options available that can help reduce the chances of developing hair loss, e-Surgery provide hair loss treatment as a preventative solution.
Tiredness is not a usual side effect of Levothyroxine. If you are taking it and feeling tired, it could be that your body is not responding well to the medication. It could also be a sign that the medication is not working well, as tiredness is a sign of hypothyroidism, the condition that is treated by taking Levothyroxine. You should consult your GP or pharmacist if tiredness continues.
Taking Levothyroxine can increase your metabolism, which in turn can help promote weight loss rather than weight gain. The medication does not directly cause weight gain, so it’s likely that if you are gaining weight, it will be down to lifestyle and diet. If you are gaining weight more than expected, you should consult your GP as there may be an underlying health condition.
If you have hypothyroidism and are having irregular periods, taking Levothyroxine tablets can help regulate your menstrual cycle and have regular periods again. This is because it can help stimulate blood flow in the body. You should discuss any queries you have about the medication with your GP or pharmacist during a consultation.
Evidence does not suggest there is any additional risk by taking Levothyroxine with alcohol. Although alcohol does not harm the effectiveness of the medication, it could worsen the side effects of it. Headaches could worsen if intoxicated, so it’s advised to drink responsibly, being mindful of the effects of drinking when taking Levothyroxine.
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