USE: SYNTHROID® (levothyroxine sodium) tablets, USP

for oral use is a prescription, man-made thyroid hormone that is used to treat a condition called hypothyroidism. 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. SYNTHROID should not be used to treat noncancerous growths or enlargement of the thyroid in patients with normal iodine levels, or in cases of temporary hypothyroidism caused by inflammation of the thyroid gland (thyroiditis).

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 uncorrected adrenal problems.

  • Taking too much levothyroxine has been associated with increased bone loss, especially in women after menopause.

  • Once your doctor has found your specific SYNTHROID dose, it is important to have lab tests done, as ordered by your doctor, at least once a year.

  • Foods like soybean flour, cottonseed meal, walnuts, and dietary fiber may cause your body to absorb less SYNTHROID from the gastrointestinal tract. Grapefruit juice may cause your body to absorb less levothyroxine and may reduce its effect. Let your doctor know if you eat these foods, as your dose of SYNTHROID may need to be adjusted.

  • Use SYNTHROID only as ordered by your doctor. Take SYNTHROID as a single dose, preferably on an empty stomach, one-half to one hour before breakfast.

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

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or are thinking of becoming pregnant while taking SYNTHROID. Your dose of SYNTHROID may need to be increased during your pregnancy.

  • It may take several weeks before you notice an improvement in your symptoms.

  • Tell your doctor if you are taking any other drugs, including 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.

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

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

  • Partial hair loss may occur during the first few months you are taking SYNTHROID.

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

Click here for full Prescribing Information or go to http://www.rxabbvie.com/pdf/synthroid.pdf.

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.

WHAT TO EXPECT
ON SYNTHROID

Hypothyroidism is a lifelong condition which could require lifelong treatment with Synthroid. It is important to take your Synthroid every morning as your doctor prescribed. You should know that Synthroid treatment takes time. It may take up to several weeks before you notice your Synthroid is working, your thyroid hormones are at the correct level, and the doctor finds the right dose for you.


TAKING SYNTHROID EVERY MORNING AS YOUR DOCTOR PRESCRIBED CAN HELP MANAGE YOUR HYPOTHYROIDISM

WHEN IT COMES TO MANAGING YOUR HYPOTHYROIDISM, REMEMBER THAT IT’S A MARATHON, NOT A SPRINT

FINDING THE RIGHT SYNTHROID DOSE TAKES TIME.

An important step for getting the most out of your treatment is finding the right dose. This is because levothyroxine products, including Synthroid, are narrow therapeutic index (NTI) drugs. That means that even if your dose is off a little bit, it can have a big effect.

When you first start on Synthroid, your doctor may need to make small adjustments in your dosage to get your thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) levels back to a normal range. Your doctor will determine the appropriate level for you within that range. Synthroid comes in 12 dosing options to help doctors find the dose that’s right for you.

For the first few months on Synthroid, it’s important to schedule routine checkups with your doctor to retest your TSH every 6-8 weeks. This will help ensure that your thyroid and your Synthroid treatment are working properly.

DR LEVY ON UNDERSTANDING
YOUR TREATMENT

Dr Levy covers what to expect from Synthroid at the start of treatment and throughout your course of therapy, plus ways to help you manage your hypothyroidism.

DOSE ADJUSTMENTS OVER TIME

Your dose may need to be adjusted over time based on changing life events.

It’s essential to tell your doctor if you’re pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant. You might need a different dose of Synthroid if you’re pregnant

Pregnancy

It’s essential to tell your doctor if you’re pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant. You might need a different dose of Synthroid if you’re pregnant.

During menopause your body makes less estrogen, so you might take hormone therapy to manage menopause symptoms. This may require a dose adjustment to your hypothyroidism medicine

Menopause

During menopause your body makes less estrogen, so you might take hormone therapy to manage menopause symptoms. This may require a dose adjustment to your hypothyroidism medicine.

As you get older, you might not need as much Synthroid to keep your thyroid hormones in balance because with aging, you might become more sensitive to medication

Aging

As you get older, you might not need as much Synthroid to keep your thyroid hormones in balance because with aging, you might become more sensitive to medication. Also, you may tend to clear the medication in your system more slowly.

If you are elderly and are just starting treatment for hypothyroidism, your doctor may start you on a lower dose of medicine, check your TSH levels after 6 to 8 weeks, then adjust your dosage slowly until you're at the dose that’s right for you. Notify your doctor if you experience any new symptoms.

On the other hand, some people may need more levothyroxine as they age. This is because thyroid function may slow down over time.

USE

SYNTHROID® (levothyroxine sodium) tablets, for oral use is a prescription, man-made thyroid hormone that is used to treat a condition called hypothyroidism. 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. SYNTHROID should not be used to treat noncancerous growths or enlargement of the thyroid in patients with normal iodine levels, or in cases of temporary hypothyroidism caused by inflammation of the thyroid gland (thyroiditis).

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 uncorrected adrenal problems.

  • Taking too much levothyroxine has been associated with increased bone loss, especially in women after menopause.

  • Once your doctor has found your specific SYNTHROID dose, it is important to have lab tests done, as ordered by your doctor, at least once a year.

  • Foods like soybean flour, cottonseed meal, walnuts, and dietary fiber may cause your body to absorb less SYNTHROID from the gastrointestinal tract. Grapefruit juice may cause your body to absorb less levothyroxine and may reduce its effect. Let your doctor know if you eat these foods, as your dose of SYNTHROID may need to be adjusted.

  • Use SYNTHROID only as ordered by your doctor. Take SYNTHROID as a single dose, preferably on an empty stomach, one-half to one hour before breakfast.

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

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or are thinking of becoming pregnant while taking SYNTHROID. Your dose of SYNTHROID may need to be increased during your pregnancy.

  • It may take several weeks before you notice an improvement in your symptoms.

  • Tell your doctor if you are taking any other drugs, including 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.

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

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

  • Partial hair loss may occur during the first few months you are taking SYNTHROID.

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

Click here for full Prescribing Information or go to http://www.rxabbvie.com/pdf/synthroid.pdf.

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.

SYNTHROID TABLETS ARE A PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION.