Synthroid contains levothyroxine, an artificial replation for thyroxine, a hormone normally prodyced by the thyroid gland. Thyroxin is responsible for regulation the organism's energy levels and metabolism. When the thyroid gland is unable to produce enough of this hormone without exterior help, the patiens receives a Synthroid prescribtion.
The most common diagnosis that call for Synthroid treatment is hypothyroidism, that very condition where the thyroidine levels are too low. Synthroid is also used for enlarged thyroid gland treatment after hormone imbalances, radiation treatment, thyroid gland tumor surgery. Some people think they can stabilize their hormonal levels as such with the help of this medicine and thus get rid of obesity or simply lose several extra pounds. Please remember that Synthroid is not designed for this purpose and generally should not be used without a doctor prescribtion.
Remember that there are certain kinds of medication that lessen Synthroid's effect if you take them at the same time. They include calcium carbonate preparations, ferrous sulfate iron supplements, medicines containing sucralfate, aluminum, sodium polystyrene sylfonate, and various cholesterol-lowering medications, especially Questran and Colestid. If you have to use any of the drugs on this list, let at least 4 hours pass before their ingestion and taking Synthroid.