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Levothyroxine is a medication that replaces the hormone that is naturally produced by the thyroid gland. The thyroid hormone regulates the body’s metabolism and energy levels. In cases where the thyroid gland does not naturally produce enough of this hormone for the body to function properly a medication may be used. The brand names for levothyroxine include levoxyl, synthroid, tirosint and unithroid.
Levothyroxine treats hypothyroidism or what is commonly known as low thyroid. It may also be used to treat other thyroid related problems such as goiter or enlarged thyroid gland. In addition to the natural imbalance in hormones, thyroid conditions may also be caused by other factors such as cancer, surgeries, or radiation treatments. Symptoms that are often seen as a result of a lack of the thyroid hormone may include decreased energy, a low metabolism, dry skin, hair loss and often feeling cold. Balanced thyroid levels are essential for the body to function and perform optimally.
Levothyroxine use can be harmful if a person has certain pervasive medical circumstances or untreated conditions such as signs or symptoms relating to a heart attack, uncontrolled adrenal gland disorder or thyrotoxicosis. Inform your medical providers before starting levothyroxine if you have diabetes, high blood pressure or have experienced excessive hair loss or had symptoms of a heart attack. The regulation of the dosage is essential for safety and the effectiveness of the medication.