liotrix - oral, Thyrolar (cont.)
USES: See also Warning section.Liotrix is used to treat an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism). It replaces or provides more of a certain natural substance (thyroid hormone) that is normally produced by the thyroid gland. Low thyroid hormone levels can occur naturally or when the thyroid gland is injured by radiation/medications or removed by surgery. Having enough thyroid hormone in your bloodstream is important for maintaining normal mental and physical activity. In children, having enough thyroid hormone is important for normal mental and physical development.This medication is also used to treat other types of thyroid disorders (e.g., certain types of goiters, thyroid cancer).This medication should not be used to treat infertility unless it is caused by low thyroid hormone levels.
HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth, usually once a day on an empty stomach, 30 minutes to 1 hour before breakfast, or as directed by your doctor.Dosage is based on your medical condition, laboratory test results, and response to treatment. For children, the dosage is also based on age. Your doctor will usually start you on a low dose and slowly increase your dose as needed.Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day.Do not stop taking this medication without first consulting with your doctor. Thyroid replacement treatment is usually taken for life.Symptoms of low thyroid hormone levels include tiredness, muscle aches, constipation, dry skin, weight gain, slow heartbeat, or sensitivity to cold. Tell your doctor if your condition worsens or persists after several weeks of taking this medication.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014
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