Dried or desiccated thyroid hormone, typically produced by the thyroid gland, is a hormone combination responsible for regulating metabolism and energy. The desiccated version of the hormone may be used in instances where the thyroid produces insufficient amounts of the hormone naturally. It is most often prescribed to treat hypothyroidism, goiter, or to test for various other thyroid conditions.
Patients should continue to take the medication even when they are feeling well. It is best to take it on an empty stomach. Periodic blood tests are typically required to ensure that the patient is taking the most appropriate dose. A missed dose should be taken when it is remembered, unless it is close to the time for the next dose. Patients should not take more of the medication to compensate for a missed or late dose.
Cholestyramine, colestipol, and antacids can interfere with desiccated thyroid hormone and should not be taken within 4 hours of taking the medication. Patients taking desiccated thyroid hormone should tell their doctor if they are also taking hormone replacement therapy, birth control pills, blood thinners, diabetes medications, steroids, aspirin or other salicylates, or medications containing iodine.
A rapid heart rate, chest pain, sweating, feeling hot or nervous are potential signs of thyroid toxicity. Patients experiencing any adverse symptoms should consult a physician as soon as possible. Desiccated thyroid hormone is also associated with hair loss that is normally temporary. Patients should review the list of potential side effects that is included in the patient guide that accompanies the medication.
Desiccated thyroid hormone may be contraindicated for patients with certain thyroid and adrenal disorders, patients with certain heart conditions, and those with diabetes. Clinical studies do not indicate that the medication poses any risk to pregnant women. The manufacturer recommends caution in administering the medication to nursing women. Patients undergoing surgery should notify their doctor before the procedure if they are taking desiccated thyroid hormone. They may need to stop the medication temporarily. We offer a variety of commercial and compounded medications to treat hypothyroidism and other thyroid disorders. Contact one of our pharmacy professionals today for more information.
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