Eltroxin – 50mcg (thyroxine-sodium), Altrooksin
Eltroxin is a naturally occurring hormone produced by the thyroid. It is important for normal energy and metabolism. For a variety of reasons, the body may not produce enough of this hormone on its own. In these cases, Eltroxin is taken to replace the body’s natural thyroid hormone. Eltroxin is used to treat hypothyroidism (low thyroid function). Eltroxin is also used to prevent and treat goiter (growth or enlargement of the thyroid gland). Causes of goiter include hormonal imbalances, radiation, surgery, and cancer. Eltroxin may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Eltroxin?
Since thyroid hormone occurs naturally in the body, almost anyone can take this drug. In general, Eltroxin should not be taken if you have other hormonal problems that are not being adequately treated. Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you have a heart disease such as coronary artery disease, hypertension, or angina. These conditions may be affected by thyroid therapy, and closer monitoring may be necessary at the start of therapy. Changes in blood sugar may occur if you have diabetes, and special monitoring may be necessary. Eltroxin is in the FDA pregnancy category A. This means that Eltroxin is safe for use during pregnancy. It is also safe to take thyroid hormones if you are breast-feeding a baby. This drug does pass into breast milk, but it is not expected to be harmful to a nursing infant.
How should I take Eltroxin?
Take this medication exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist to explain them to you. Take each dose with a full glass (8 ounces) of water. Take this medication at the same time each day whenever possible. Thyroid hormone is usually taken in the morning to prevent insomnia at night. Follow your doctor’s instructions. It is important to take Eltroxin regularly to get the most benefit. Do not stop taking this medication without talking to your doctor. It is important to take this medication to replace the thyroid hormone that the body is not producing. Even if you feel well, you may still need to take this medicine every day. Do not change brands or change to a generic Eltroxin drug product without first talking to your doctor. Some Eltroxin products may not be interchangeable. Your doctor may want you to have blood tests or other medical evaluations during treatment with Eltroxin to monitor progress and side effects. Store Eltroxin at room temperature away from moisture and heat.