Synthroid: Does It Need To Be Taken for Life?

Friday, 10 Jan 2014 04:12 AM

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Synthroid (levothyroxine) is a synthetic hormone replacement drug prescribed for hypothyroidism treatment. Synthroid mimics the thyroid hormone, namely thyroxine.
In hypothyroidism, the thyroid gland does not produce adequate amounts of thyroxine hormone needed by the human body. Hypothyroidism is a condition that is caused as a result of thyroid gland malfunction. Synthroid is hypothyroidism treatment medication that helps replace thyroid hormone by substituting it artificially.
 
However, hypothyroidism, even if it occurs once, is a condition that will persist for life. The thyroid gland becomes incapable of producing adequate quantities of thyroid hormone since its functioning is impaired. Once impaired, the thyroid hormone may not be produced in adequate quantity for life. Hence, Synthroid medication, used to treat hypothyroid condition, will have to be taken for life to substitute the required thyroid hormone level.

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Synthroid medication helps in hypothyroid treatment and sets right the thyroid hormonal balance in the body. Synthroid medication can help battle symptoms of thyroid hormone reduction such as:
 
• Unusual weight gain occurring when thyroid hormone is not present in adequate quantities
• Fatigue

• Hoarseness

• Puffy face

• Muscle weakness

• Thinning hair

• Reduced heart rate

• Memory loss

• Heavier than usual or irregular menstrual periods

• Dry skin

• Increased sensitivity to cold

• Elevated cholesterol level

• Pain and stiffness in joints and tenderness of muscles

Synthroid Medication Dosage for Hypothyroid Treatment

A standard dosage of 100 micrograms per day of Synthroid is prescribed for most people with hypothyroid condition. However, Synthroid dosage may vary from person to person based on individual requirement.
 
Based on individual requirement, Synthroid dosage may vary from 25 to 300 micrograms. Though the dosage of Synthroid medication for hypothyroid treatment may vary, it has to be taken for life to make up for lack of thyroid hormone production.
 
Synthroid Overdosage

Synthroid overdosage can lead to leg cramps, tremors, nervous or irritable feeling, chest pain, pounding heartbeat, and shortness of breath. Hence, taking the right Synthroid medication dosage for hypothyroid treatment is very essential for proper treatment.

Check with your doctor if any of the symptoms such as hot flashes, disturbed sleep, weight changes, changes in menstrual cycle, or nervous or irritable feeling are experienced when you take Synthroid medication. Synthroid medication will have to be taken for life and it is better that you inform your doctor if you notice overdosage symptoms.
 
Taking your Synthroid medication regularly, ensuring the right Synthroid dosage is prescribed for you by checking with your doctor, being patient with yourself, connecting with others having hypothyroid, and taking Synthroid medication can help you overcome any fears you may have with taking Synthroid medication for life.

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