USE

SYNTHROID® (levothyroxine sodium tablets, USP) is a prescription, man-made thyroid hormone that is used to treat a condition called hypothyroidism, except in cases of temporary hypothyroidism, which is usually associated with an inflammation of the thyroid gland (thyroiditis). It is meant to replace a hormone that is usually made by your thyroid gland. Generally, thyroid replacement treatment is to be taken for life.

SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS

Thyroid hormones, including SYNTHROID, should not be used either alone or in combination with other drugs for the treatment of obesity or weight loss. In patients with normal thyroid levels, doses of SYNTHROID used daily for hormone replacement are not helpful for weight loss. Larger doses may result in serious or even life-threatening events, especially when used in combination with certain other drugs used to reduce appetite.

4 OUT OF 10
PEOPLE who think
they’re taking
Synthroid aren’t

Make sure you’re getting the Synthroid your doctor prescribed.

Precise Dosing
Options

Managing hypothyroidism requires getting a precise dose of medicine day after day. This is because levothyroxine products, including Synthroid, are narrow therapeutic index (NTI) drugs. If your dose is off even a little bit, you could experience symptoms of over‑treatment (too much medicine) or under‑treatment (too little medicine).

Get what your doctor prescribed

The Food and Drug Administration has determined that certain levothyroxine products are interchangeable.
The FDA has determined that drugs that are classified as interchangeable can be substituted at the pharmacy. A levothyroxine product that is not interchangeable with Synthroid might not have the exact same effect on your TSH as Synthroid.

If your doctor permits substitution...

Refill 1

Refill 2

Refill 3

Refill 4

This example may not happen in some states.

If your doctor chooses Synthroid...

Refill 1

Refill 2

Refill 3

Refill 4

Tablets shown not actual size and may not represent exact color.

Your doctor may write “Dispense as Written” (DAW), or your state’s required language, on your prescription.

Check your pill

Remember, you worked closely with your doctor to find the Synthroid dose that works for you. So make sure you’re getting the Synthroid that your doctor prefers to manage your hypothyroidism.

Next time you’re at the pharmacy, check your pills to make sure you’re getting Synthroid as your doctor prefers. Know what your pill looks like. Does your pill say “SYNTHROID”? If your pill doesn’t say “SYNTHROID,” speak up. Be clear about your doctor’s preference for Synthroid. When you call in for your refill, let the pharmacist know that your doctor prefers Synthroid.

The Food and Drug Administration has determined that certain levothyroxine products are interchangeable.
The FDA has determined that drugs that are classified as interchangeable can be substituted at the pharmacy. A levothyroxine product that is not interchangeable with Synthroid might not have the exact same effect on your TSH as Synthroid.

With your first
prescription and
at every refill:

ASK FOR SYNTHROID BY NAME

Whether you’re at the pharmacy or ordering via mail-order service, make sure you specify you want the Synthroid your doctor prescribed.

CHECK YOUR PILL FOR THE NAME “SYNTHROID”

Before leaving the pharmacy or upon mail-order receipt—check to see if your pill says “SYNTHROID.” Remember, only Synthroid has the name “SYNTHROID” embossed on every pill.

CHECK YOUR PILL FOR THE DOSAGE STRENGTH

If your pill or bottle doesn’t indicate the right dosage strength, it’s not your dose.

SPEAK UP IF IT’S NOT SYNTHROID

If it’s not Synthroid, be sure to ask your pharmacist to refill your prescription with the brand your doctor prescribed.

BE SURE THE PHARMACIST OR MAIL-ORDER SERVICE NOTES YOUR doctor’s PREFERENCE

If your doctor’s preference for Synthroid is noted in your record, the more likely you’ll get the Synthroid your doctor prescribed in future refills.

CHECK THE PILL BOTTLE FOR THE NAME “ABBVIE”

Another way to make sure it’s Synthroid is to check for the manufacturer name “AbbVie” on your pill bottle.

VIDEO GALLERY

DR SEIBEL SUGGESTS THAT PATIENTS DOUBLE-CHECK THEIR PILLS

Learn tips on making sure the pharmacist gives you Synthroid every time you fill a prescription.

DR ROSENTHAL ON
HOW TO MAKE SURE
IT'S SYNTHROID

Dr Rosenthal shares his steps for helping ensure his patients get the medication he prescribed.

Story Gallery

Wendy on checking
her pill

At the age of 38, I have been seeing the same doctor for a few years now, and his office has it clearly marked in my records that my doctor prefers Synthroid. I check...
that each prescription/renewal says “Synthroid” as my doctor prefers. They are very good about specifying “Synthroid” clearly on each prescription written. I also have a great relationship with my local pharmacy and they also have it clearly marked in my records. I make sure to check my pill bottle and the actual pills before leaving the pharmacy, just to make sure. I know to look for a pink pill that’s 200 mcg dosage and that’s stamped with the dosage and the “SYNTHROID” name on the pill. I also check the manufacturer on the bottle to make sure it says AbbVie.
–Wendy
The Food and Drug Administration has determined that certain levothyroxine products are interchangeable.
The FDA has determined that drugs that are classified as interchangeable can be substituted at the pharmacy. A levothyroxine product that is not interchangeable with Synthroid might not have the exact same effect on your TSH as Synthroid.

Read More

Laura on making sure she gets Synthroid

To make sure I’m getting the Synthroid my doctor prescribed, I always open the bottle and look...
at the pills when I pick it up. I know what color pill I take currently, and I look for the actual name “SYNTHROID” on my pill.
–Laura
The Food and Drug Administration has determined that certain levothyroxine products are interchangeable.
The FDA has determined that drugs that are classified as interchangeable can be substituted at the pharmacy. A levothyroxine product that is not interchangeable with Synthroid might not have the exact same effect on your TSH as Synthroid.

Read More

Use

SYNTHROID® (levothyroxine sodium tablets, USP) is a prescription, man-made thyroid hormone that is used to treat a condition called hypothyroidism, except in cases of temporary hypothyroidism, which is usually associated with an inflammation of the thyroid gland (thyroiditis). It is meant to replace a hormone that is usually made by your thyroid gland. Generally, thyroid replacement treatment is to be taken for life.

Important Safety Information

  • Thyroid hormones, including SYNTHROID, should not be used either alone or in combination with other drugs for the treatment of obesity or weight loss. In patients with normal thyroid levels, doses of SYNTHROID used daily for hormone replacement are not helpful for weight loss. Larger doses may result in serious or even life-threatening events, especially when used in combination with certain other drugs used to reduce appetite.

  • Do not use SYNTHROID if you have hyperthyroidism or over-active thyroid, uncorrected adrenal problems, are having symptoms of a heart attack, or are allergic to any of its ingredients.

  • In women, long-term treatment with SYNTHROID has been associated with increased bone loss, especially in women who are on high doses or those who are on high doses after menopause.

  • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any foods or drugs, are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, are breast-feeding or are taking any other drugs, as well as prescription and over-the-counter products.

  • Tell your doctor about any other medical conditions you may have, especially heart disease, diabetes, blood clotting problems, and adrenal or pituitary gland problems. The dose of other drugs you may be taking to control these conditions may have to be changed while you are taking SYNTHROID. If you have diabetes, check your blood sugar levels and/or the glucose in your urine, as ordered by your doctor and immediately tell your doctor if there are any changes. If you are taking blood thinners, your blood clotting status should be checked often.

  • Use SYNTHROID only as ordered by your doctor. Do not stop or change the amount you take, or how often you take it, unless told to do so by your doctor.

  • Products such as iron and calcium supplements and antacids can lower your body’s ability to absorb SYNTHROID, so SYNTHROID should be taken 4 hours before or after taking these products.

  • Take SYNTHROID as a single dose, preferably on an empty stomach, one-half to one hour before breakfast. Your body’s ability to absorb SYNTHROID is improved when you take it on an empty stomach.

  • Tell your doctor if you develop any of the following symptoms: rapid or abnormal heartbeat, chest pain, difficulty catching breath, leg cramps, headache, feeling nervous, irritability, sleeplessness, shaking, change in appetite, weight gain or loss, throwing up, diarrhea, increased sweating, unable to tolerate heat, fever, changes in menstrual periods, swollen red bumps on the skin or skin rash, or any other unusual medical event.

  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking SYNTHROID before any surgery.

  • Once your body’s response to SYNTHROID has stabilized, it is important to have lab tests done, as ordered by your doctor, at least once a year.

This is the most important safety information you should know about SYNTHROID. For more information, talk with your doctor.

SYNTHROID TABLETS ARE A PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA.
Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1‑800‑FDA‑1088.

If you cannot afford your medication, contact www.pparx.org for assistance.

Coming soon!
Our very own YouTube Channel, where you can watch other people's stories with hypothyroidism.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

EXPAND or ROTATE forIMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

ROTATE your device to the portrait position to return to SYNTHROID.COMIMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

WELCOME TO SYNTHROID.COM

Please read the following safety information

SCROLL TO CONTINUE

Use

SYNTHROID® (levothyroxine sodium tablets, USP) is a prescription, man-made thyroid hormone that is used to treat a condition called hypothyroidism, except in cases of temporary hypothyroidism, which is usually associated with an inflammation of the thyroid gland (thyroiditis). It is meant to replace a hormone that is usually made by your thyroid gland. Generally, thyroid replacement treatment is to be taken for life.

Important Safety Information

  • Thyroid hormones, including SYNTHROID, should not be used either alone or in combination with other drugs for the treatment of obesity or weight loss. In patients with normal thyroid levels, doses of SYNTHROID used daily for hormone replacement are not helpful for weight loss. Larger doses may result in serious or even life-threatening events, especially when used in combination with certain other drugs used to reduce appetite.

  • Do not use SYNTHROID if you have hyperthyroidism or over-active thyroid, uncorrected adrenal problems, are having symptoms of a heart attack, or are allergic to any of its ingredients.

  • In women, long-term treatment with SYNTHROID has been associated with increased bone loss, especially in women who are on high doses or those who are on high doses after menopause.

  • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any foods or drugs, are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, are breast-feeding or are taking any other drugs, as well as prescription and over-the-counter products.

  • Tell your doctor about any other medical conditions you may have, especially heart disease, diabetes, blood clotting problems, and adrenal or pituitary gland problems. The dose of other drugs you may be taking to control these conditions may have to be changed while you are taking SYNTHROID. If you have diabetes, check your blood sugar levels and/or the glucose in your urine, as ordered by your doctor and immediately tell your doctor if there are any changes. If you are taking blood thinners, your blood clotting status should be checked often.

  • Use SYNTHROID only as ordered by your doctor. Do not stop or change the amount you take, or how often you take it, unless told to do so by your doctor.

  • Products such as iron and calcium supplements and antacids can lower your body’s ability to absorb SYNTHROID, so SYNTHROID should be taken 4 hours before or after taking these products.

  • Take SYNTHROID as a single dose, preferably on an empty stomach, one-half to one hour before breakfast. Your body’s ability to absorb SYNTHROID is improved when you take it on an empty stomach.

  • Tell your doctor if you develop any of the following symptoms: rapid or abnormal heartbeat, chest pain, difficulty catching breath, leg cramps, headache, feeling nervous, irritability, sleeplessness, shaking, change in appetite, weight gain or loss, throwing up, diarrhea, increased sweating, unable to tolerate heat, fever, changes in menstrual periods, swollen red bumps on the skin or skin rash, or any other unusual medical event.

  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking SYNTHROID before any surgery.

  • Once your body’s response to SYNTHROID has stabilized, it is important to have lab tests done, as ordered by your doctor, at least once a year.

This is the most important safety information you should know about SYNTHROID. For more information, talk with your doctor.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

If you cannot afford your medication, contact www.pparx.org for assistance.