Synthroid, the brand name for levothyroxine, is a synthetic hormone used to replace the hormone naturally produced by the thyroid gland. Said hormone is necessary in the regulation of the body’s metabolism and energy use.
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In 1914, Edward Calvin Kendall isolated thyroxine in its pure form from the thyroid glands of hogs. By 1927, George Barger and Charles Robert Harington synthesized levothyroxine.
Synthroid is used in the treatment of several thyroid-related diseases including:
- Hypothyroidism, especially for individuals who need lifelong thyroid hormone therapy;
- Enlarged thyroid gland, which can be caused by radiation, surgery, radiation therapy, or cancer;
- Goiter, thanks to its ability in reducing the amount of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) in the body;
- Thyroid cancer or nodular thyroid disease, particularly in the suppression of TSH secretion; and
- Myxedema coma, a severe type of hypothyroidism with hypothermia and changes in mental disposition as the characteristic symptoms
Emphasis must be made that myxedema coma is a medical emergency and, thus, the patient should be immediately treated in a hospital. The condition has a high mortality rate, which emphasizes the need for intensive care unit treatment.
Be sure to take Synthroid according to your doctor’s prescription, particularly its dose, frequency, and duration, to optimize the results. Studies have shown that poor compliance is the most common cause of increase in TSH levels in patients receiving its correct dose.
The common side effects include weight loss, anxiety, sweating, and difficulty in sleeping, even fast heart rate and tremors when the medication is taken in excessive doses. Regular monitoring of T4 and TSH levels in the blood should be done, too.