Uses of Thyroxine
Thyroxine is used as a replacement therapy in the treatment of primary (thyroidal), secondary (pituitary) and tertiary (hypothalamic) congenital or acquired hypothyroidism. It is also used as an adjunct to surgery and radioiodine therapy in the management of thyrotropin-dependent well-differentiated papillary or follicular carcinoma of thyroid gland.
Thyroxine: Thyroid Hormones
How Thyroxine works
Thyroxine works by restoring or increasing the levels of thyroid hormone in the body. This helps regulate the body’s metabolism, energy levels, and growth.
Common side effects of Thyroxine
When to consult your doctor
Consult your doctor:
- in case of accidental overdosage
- if you experience an allergic reaction such as severe itching of your skin with raised lumps, swelling of the face, tongue, lips and throat, difficulty breathing, joint pain, sensitivity to the sun, general feeling of being unwell
- If you experience symptoms of high levels of thyroid hormones such as very high temperature, fast heart rate, irregular heartbeat, low blood pressure, heart failure, jaundice, confusion, fits and coma
Health Tips for Thyroxine
- Take Thyroxine on an empty stomach, preferably in the morning at least 30 minutes before breakfast
- Drink an adequate amount of water throughout the day for proper functioning of the body, including the metabolism and absorption of medications
- Engage in regular physical activity as recommended by the doctor. Exercise can help support a healthy metabolism and overall well-being
- Follow a healthy and balanced diet for maintaining overall health, significant dietary changes, such as sudden increase or decrease in iodine rich foods, may affect the thyroid function. Consult your doctor before making any dietary changes