Synthroid is a synthetic version of the thyroid hormone called thyroxine.
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Drug Uses

Synthroid is used to treat low thyroid activity, and for suppressing certain types of goiters. Synthroid is also used with other medications to manage thyroid cancer.

How Taken

Synthroid should be used in strict accordance with a doctor’s directions. Synthroid should be taken on an empty stomach one hour before a meal, or 2-3 hours after a meal. It is recommended that the dose be taken one hour before breakfast, unless your doctor has prescribed otherwise. Synthroid should be taken with a glass of water. For best results use Synthroid at the same time every day. It may take up to six weeks for the patient to report a significant improvement in their condition. In most cases, Synthroid is taken throughout the patient’s life, except in cases of temporary low thyroid activity. Patients who are unable to swallow the tablet whole may crush the tablet and mix it with 1-2 teaspoons of water. Drink this immediately – do not store the mixture for a later dose. Never mix the crushed tablet in soybean infant formula.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose take it as soon as you remember. However if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the Missed Dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.

More Information

If symptoms persist, or get worse, contact your doctor immediately. Synthroid should only be used by the patient for whom it was prescribed. Never increase or decrease the dose without your doctor’s permission.