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Is it okay to sunbathe while taking synthroid (thyroxine)?

Is it okay to sunbathe while taking synthroid (thyroxine)?

Sun sensitivity: No sunbathing while taking synthroid, (thyroxine) there are reports of sun sensitivity while taking this medication. ...Read more

Dr. David Sneid
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What should I avoid taking alongside my synthroid?

What should I avoid taking alongside my synthroid?

Potentially: Hundreds of other meds might interact in some way with Synthroid. Your doctor can run an interaction check between Synthroid & your other Rx's. In general, however, if you take Synthroid 2 hours after and 1/2 hour before meals, other meds, mineral & fiber supplements and antacids, you will avoid most interactions with Synthroid. Best wishes! Dr. Anne. ...Read more

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Each morning before I take my synthroid I feel very bad and about 1 hr after taking it feel good. Why is that? Does it wear off by the morning?

Each morning before I take my synthroid I feel very bad and about 1 hr after taking it feel good. Why is that? Does it wear off by the morning?

Possibly, ..: Everyone metabolizes medications differently, and in your case, your symptoms are what they are, so it is possible the meds are waxing in the AM. Try talking to your Dr. And maybe taking the meds at Noon or even in the PM hours may help decrease the feeling you get in the AM. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Are the brand name "synthroid" &levothyroxine equally effective? M taking synthroid. Can I switch 2 levothyroxine, looks like levothyroxine is cheaper

Are the brand name "synthroid" &levothyroxine equally effective? M taking synthroid. Can I switch 2 levothyroxine, looks like levothyroxine is cheaper

Levothyroxine is: Cheaper since it's a generic, but the blood levels with Synthroid (thyroxine) are more consistent and reliable. It is a product with a "narrow therapeutic window" where generics can vary from batch to batch, company to company and prescription to prescription -- while the brand name product does not. If you can afford it, take the brand name drug. ...Read more

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What could be the effects of taking too much synthroid (thyroxine)?

What could be the effects of taking too much synthroid (thyroxine)?

Being hyper: Too much synthroid (thyroxine) can make you feel hyper, cause diarrhea, weight loss, feeling hot or hot flashes, anxiety, poor sleep, heart pounding. Please speak with your doctor if you are having these symptoms. ...Read more

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Is it okay to skip my Synthroid (thyroxine) medication? I am waiting for a refill and it is taking a long time.

Is it okay to skip my Synthroid (thyroxine) medication? I am waiting for a refill and it is taking a long time.

Yes, but: Missing a couple days should be ok but symptoms of hypothroidism will slowly return if you don't restart your meds. ...Read more

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I just seen my synthroid expired 13 months ago. I have been useing it for sometime now. Will it still be effective I wonder or make me ill?

I just seen my synthroid expired 13 months ago. I have been useing it for sometime now. Will it still be effective I wonder or make me ill?

It will not be 100%: Effective. Most prescription expiration dates are estimated to be two years from when it's manufactured. So if your Synthroid expired in March 2016, meaning it was manufactured in 2014. So in 2017, it may be only 50% effective. Since it's important to know if your synthroid is effectively treating your hypothyroidism, it's best to use Synthroid that's in date. ...Read more

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Is generic Synthroid (thyroxine) okay to take?

Is generic Synthroid (thyroxine) okay to take?

Yes: Generic synthroid is called levothyroxine. Taking generic version is reasonable and will likely achivevsimilar results, however I would recommend that you inform your endocrinologist about such switch as you may need to have your thyroid levels checked soon (a few weeks) after making the switch to ensure your dosing is appropriate. I would also recommend that you adhere to one kind of preparation. ...Read more

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Can I take St. John's wort if I am taking thyroxine?

Can I take St. John's wort if I am taking thyroxine?

No interactions: It should be safe to take thyroxine with St. John's wort. A lot of medications do interact with St. John's however, so it is good that you are considering it. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can anyone taking 75 mg of Synthroid (thyroxine) eat grapefruit?

Can anyone taking 75 mg of Synthroid (thyroxine) eat grapefruit?

Yes: But thyroid is ideally taken in the morning an hour before eating anything. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take Synthroid (thyroxine) if your tests are normal already?

Is it okay to take Synthroid (thyroxine) if your tests are normal already?

What is normal?: If your tests are normal when taking thyroxine that is good. If someone wants to give you thyroxine and you have "normal" labs already than see another doctor. ...Read more

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Is there a difference in taking name brand Synthroid (thyroxine) & generic?

Is there a difference in taking name brand Synthroid (thyroxine) & generic?

Yes: The fda allows for a 5% variance in brand name medications but a larger variance in generic "equivalents." synthroid and levothyroxine are not considered equivalents and thus not interchangeable. Therefore, stick with one; if you have started on synthroid stay with it, if you have started on levothyroxine stay with it. ...Read more

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I am taking levothyroxine 0.1 mg equiv. To Synthroid can I drink with it?

I am taking levothyroxine 0.1 mg equiv. To Synthroid can I drink with it?

Yes: It is much easier to swallow pills with some sort of liquid, drinking water or some sort of juice will help you swallow the pill. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if I stop taking thyroxine 200 mcg for 1 month?

Could you tell me what happens if I stop taking thyroxine 200 mcg for 1 month?

Hypothyroid: If you are taking it for hypothyroidism, you will start to feel hypothyroid. Sluggish, cold, constipated, puffy, brittle hair, etc. ...Read more

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Can I change from taking synthroid (thyroxine) at night vs the morning? I take 50 mcg.

Can I change from taking synthroid (thyroxine) at night vs the morning? I take 50 mcg.

Either: It is usually recommended that you take the medicine in the morning about an hour before eating. Fasting prior to the dose appears to be more important than whether it is taken in the morning or in the evening. Therefore nighttime is also fine. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What will happen if I stop taking thyroxine and how long before I start seeing the side affects?

What will happen if I stop taking thyroxine and how long before I start seeing the side affects?

Less than a week: Depending on how underactive you are will determine how soon you will feel the effects of not taking your thyroid medication. It may be a week or it may be a month. It also depends upon how sensitive you are and how in tune you are to your body. ...Read more

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My Synthroid (thyroxine) medicine is stopped after 9 years since I started taking it is it normal?

Can happen: 1. If given for wrong reasons initially
2. If you had thyroiditis which can resolve over time

just make sure free T4 and and TSH are normal 6-8 weeks after stopping synthroid (thyroxine). ...Read more

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I'm taking Synthroid (thyroxine) med once a day and I started taking Herbalife would that in interfere?

I'm taking Synthroid (thyroxine) med once a day and I started taking Herbalife would that in interfere?

Food interactions: To my knowledge, foods like dietary fiber, soybean flower, cottonseed meal, walnuts, calcium and calcium-fortified juices can affect the absorption of levothyroxin Syntroid & interfere with maintaining steady blood levels. So take these foods at the same time each day; and, if possible, avoid taking them within several hours of taking your levothyroxin. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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My wife taking Synthroid (thyroxine) 75ml. Is there any other medecine instead. Because it is too expensive. Thank you?

Synthroid (thyroxine) is: More expensive, but it is a quality medication. The generics are cheaper, but unreliable, with potency varying from product to product and batch to batch. They do not perform as consistently in the body and blood levels can vary. Go with generics if you have to, but they are an inferior product. Check with the company, they sell it directly. Try the 150 and break it in half to save some money. ...Read more

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I am 43 years old. I have been taking synthroid (thyroxine) for years. But my levels have never been this high. My levels are 14.3, what do I do next?

Expect a dose change: The solution is as simple as you might expect. Your treating doctor will increase your Synthroid (thyroxine) dose and recheck your TSH every 6wks or so until the level normalizes. Sometimes ones needed dose simply and unavoidably creeps up over time, but if there's suspicion of a specific cause your doctor may order imaging of the thyroid or other tests to investigate the reason for the change. ...Read more

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I've been w/o my Synthroid (thyroxine) for 6 mos now, I was taking 100mcg daily. How long do I have before symptoms get really bad and if so what will happen?

Now: This is too long. See your physician now, and have your TSH and free T4 checked now. It they are normal, then you no longer have hypothyroidism. But if they are abnormal, you need to restart your meds to prevent long term complications. ...Read more

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I've been w/o my Synthroid (thyroxine) for 6mos now, I was taking 100mcg daily. How long do I have before it really starts to affect me and how serious can it be?

I've been w/o my Synthroid (thyroxine) for 6mos now, I was taking 100mcg daily. How long do I have before it really starts to affect me and how serious can it be?

Should be already: The 1/2 life of synthroid (thyroxine) is approx. 30 days. That's why we check your TSH and ft4 levels 4-6 weeks after making adjustments. So the synthroid (thyroxine) is well it of your system by now. How serious will depend on how far hypo you will go and how sensitive you ate to the symptoms. Generally won't cause lasting damage, but you will feel awful. ...Read more

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Is it better to take the name brand Synthroid (thyroxine) than thegeneric brand. I am taking the generic but I feel I would feel better on Synthroid (thyroxine) is there bette?

Is it better to take the name brand Synthroid (thyroxine) than thegeneric brand. I am taking the generic but I feel I would feel better on Synthroid (thyroxine) is there bette?

Same Hormone with a: Twist. Each manufacturer uses the same levothyroxine hormone, and puts the correct amount in each pill. The difference between different manufacturers is the binders they use to actually make the pill. These different binders can change the absorption of the hormone, and since we are only taking about micrograms of the hormone in the pill, a little difference in absorption makes a big change. ...Read more

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Is Synthroid better than. Levothyroxine?

See answer: Their bio-availability is not equivalent, however, insurance constraints and csot often require the generic levo. As long as you are on the one drug, and your dr. Is following you regularly, you should have no major problems on the generic. ...Read more

Dr. Joseph Mathews
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Synthroid (Definition)

Synthroid is a thyroid agent. ...Read more