Armour Thyroid (Generic Thyroid)
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When a person is overweight but does not have a thyroid disorder, thyroid hormone should not be administered to accelerate weight loss. Thyroid hormone may have dangerous or even fatal side effects in persons with healthy thyroid glands, and it will not help people lose weight more quickly. If thyroid is additionally taken along with amphetamines such benzphetamine (Didrex), dextroamphetamine ([Dexedrine, in Adderall), and methamphetamine, the chance of major adverse effects is even increased (Desoxyn).
The dangers of using this drug should be discussed with your doctor.
Why is this medication prescribed?
The symptoms of hypothyroidism can be treated with thyroid (a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone). Lack of energy, depression, constipation, weight gain, hair loss, dry skin, coarse hair, muscle cramps, diminished focus, aches and pains, swelling of the legs, and increased sensitivity to cold are all signs of hypothyroidism. Goiter can also be treated with thyroid (enlarged thyroid gland). Thyroid agents are a group of drugs used to treat thyroid. It functions by delivering the thyroid hormone that the body typically produces.
How should this medicine be used?
An oral pill is available for taking thyroid. It is often taken before breakfast once a day. Take thyroid medication every day at around the same time. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Follow the following instructions completely. Never take it in larger or less amounts or more frequently than directed by your doctor.
Most likely, your doctor will put you on a low dose of thyroid medication and gradually raise it.
Thyroid does not treat hypothyroidism; nevertheless, it helps manage its symptoms. Up to a few weeks may pass before you start noticing any changes in your symptoms. You’ll probably need to take thyroid for the rest of your life to manage the hypothyroidism symptoms. Even if you feel better, keep taking thyroid. Without consulting your doctor, do not stop taking thyroid medication.
Other uses for this medicine
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you’re interested in using this drug for any other conditions.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before taking thyroid,
- If you have an allergy to thyroid, any other drugs, pork, or any of the substances in thyroid pills, let your doctor and pharmacist know right once. Request a list of the components from your pharmacist.
- You should be honest with your doctor and pharmacist about any other prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and dietary supplements you are now taking or intend to take. Any of the following should be mentioned: medications for diabetes that you take orally, including digoxin (Lanoxin), efavirenz (Sustiva), oestrogen (hormone replacement therapy), griseofulvin (Fulvicin, Grifulvin, Gris-PEG), human growth hormone (Genotropin), and insulin; androgens like danazol or testosterone; anticoagulants (‘blood thinners’) like warfarin (Coumadin); antidepressants; aprepitant (Emend); lovastatin (Altocor, Mevacor), nevirapine (Viramune), oral contraceptives containing oestrogen, oral steroids like dexamethasone (Decadron, Dexone, Dexpak), methylprednisolone (Medrol), and prednisone (Deltasone), phenobarbital (Luminal, Solfoton), phenytoin (Dilantin, Phenytek), potassium iodide; salicylate painkillers include aspirin and aspirin-containing products, choline magnesium trisalicylate, choline salicylate (Arthropan), diflunisal (Dolobid), magnesium salicylate (Doan’s, others), and salsalate (Argesic, Disalcid, Salgesic); strong iodine solution (Lugol’s Solution); and theophylline. Ritonavir (Norvir, in Kal (Elixophyllin, Theolair, Theo-24, Quibron, others).
- Take your thyroid medicine at least 4 hours before taking cholestyramine (Questran) or colestipol (Colestid). Simethicone, sucralfate (Carafate), iron-containing prescription drugs, dietary supplements, and antacids should all be taken at least 4 hours before or 4 hours after taking thyroid medication.
- Please let your doctor know if you are taking any herbal supplements, especially St. John’s wort.
- You should let your doctor know if you have or have ever had any of the following conditions: diabetes, osteoporosis, atherosclerosis (hardening or narrowing of the arteries), malabsorption diseases (conditions that cause a decrease in absorption from the intestine), an underactive pituitary or adrenal gland, kidney disease, or liver disease.
- Inform your doctor if you are expecting, intend to get pregnant, or are nursing a baby. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking thyroid medication.
- If you are 65 years of age or older, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of taking thyroid with your doctor. Thyroid is typically not recommended for older persons since it is less safe than alternative drugs that can be used to treat the same disease.
- If you are having surgery, let the surgeon and the dentist know that you are on thyroid medication.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Keep eating normally unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
If you miss a dosage, take it as soon as you recall. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, do not take a second one. If you skip two or more thyroid doses in a row, let your doctor know.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Thyroid side effects are possible. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:
- Loss of weight
- Shaking of a body part that you are unable to control
- Stomach pain
- Irritability or abrupt mood swings
- Having trouble falling or staying asleep
- Higher appetite
- Cycles of menstruation changing
- Muscle tremor
- Hair loss that is temporary, especially in youngsters during the first month of treatment
Some adverse effects can be very harmful. Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Breathing or swallowing challenges
- Chest pain
- Irregular or fast heartbeat
- Hands, foot, ankles, or lower legs swelling
- Excessive perspiration
- Intolerance or sensitivity to heat
Other negative effects of the thyroid may occur. If you experience any strange issues while taking this medicine, contact your doctor right away.
You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).
What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?
Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Store it away from excessive heat and moisture at room temperature (not in the bathroom).
Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website at http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p for additional information.
As many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning. http://www.upandaway.org
In case of emergency/overdose
Call the poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 in the event of an overdose. Additionally, information can be found online at https://www.poisonhelp.org/help. Call 911 right once if the person has collapsed, experienced a seizure, is having difficulty breathing, or cannot be roused.
What other information should I know?
Keep all of your appointments with your physician and the lab. To assess how well you are responding to thyroid, your doctor may prescribe specific lab tests.
Inform the lab staff and your doctor that you are taking thyroid medication prior to any laboratory test.
There may be a strong smell to thyroid pills. It does not follow from this that the drug is tainted or ineffective.
Find out the brand and generic names of your prescription drugs. Every time you get a new prescription or a refill, double-check your medicine. Because each brand of thyroid medicine has a slightly varying dosage of medication, never switch brands without first consulting your doctor or pharmacist.
No one else should take your medication. Any queries you may have regarding medication refills should be directed to your pharmacist.
You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.
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