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Eltroxin 100Mcg Tablet

Manufacturer: Glaxo SmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Medicine composition: Thyroxine
Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor required

Eltroxin 100Mcg Tablet is the primary hormone which is secreted by the thyroid gland. Eltroxin 100Mcg Tablet plays an important role in controlling body metabolism and regulates the functions of the heart and the digestive tract. It also keeps the bones strong, helps in development of the brain and controls muscle growth.

In case if an underactive thyroid, the hormone may be replaced with Eltroxin 100Mcg Tablet. The dosage of Eltroxin 100Mcg Tablet is generally determined by the doctor, who decides the dose depending on the age as well as weight of the individual. A patient’s present health condition and medical history is also kept in mind when determining the dose.

Patients who have medial problems like hypertension, heart disease, problems with cholesterol, diabetes, underactive or overactive thyroid and problems with the functioning of the pituitary gland, should consult their doctors before Eltroxin 100Mcg Tablet. The drug is meant to be taken orally, ideally in the morning just before breakfast. In case of a skipped dose, you can take 2 doses at the same time the next day.

Patients taking Eltroxin 100Mcg Tablet may experience some side effects like loss of weight, diarrhea, pain in the chest, vomiting, problems with breathing, anxiety and irregular menses.

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In addition to its intended effect, Eltroxin 100Mcg Tablet may cause some unwanted effects too. In such cases, you must seek medical attention immediately. This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Please inform your doctor if you experience any adverse reaction to the medication.
Is It safe with alcohol?
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
Are there any pregnancy warnings?
Thyronorm 112mcg tablet is safe to use during pregnancy.
Adequate and well-controlled human studies have shown low or no risk.
Are there any breast-feeding warnings?
Thyronorm 112mcg tablet is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.
Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?
There is no interaction between driving and consuming this drug. So dose alteration is not needed.
Does this affect kidney function?
There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
Does this affect liver function?
There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
Below is the list of medicines, which have the same composition, strength and form as Eltroxin 100Mcg Tablet, and hence can be used as its substitute.
Olcare Laboratories
Lupin Ltd
Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Primus Pharmaceuticals
Eris Life Sciences Pvt Ltd
Macleods Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
Abbott India Ltd
Erinyle Pharma
Knoll Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Leeford Healthcare Ltd
Are there any missed dose instructions?
If you miss a dose of Thyroxine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.
Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you're at risk of a drug interaction.
What are you using Eltroxin 100Mcg Tablet for?
hypothyroidism
Other
body metabolism
How much was the improvement?
Average
Excellent
Poor
How long did it take before seeing improvement?
More than 2 days
Within a day
Within 6 hours
Within 2 days
Within 2 hours
How frequently did you take this medicine?
Once a day
Not taking on daily level
Four times A Day
Thrice a day
How did you take this medicine?
Empty stomach
With or without food
With Food
What were the side effects of this medicine?
Anxiety
Other
Weight Loss
Palpitations
Nervousness
No Side Effects
Vomiting

Popular Questions & Answers

How much gap should be? To take Eltroxin after meal. After meal how many hours I can take Eltroxin.

Advance BHRT Certification, Fellowship in BHRT & Longevity Medicine, Fellowship in Endocrinology, MBBS, DOMS, MS - Ophthalmology
Endocrinologist, Bangalore
How much gap should be? To take Eltroxin after meal.
After meal how many hours I can take Eltroxin.
The best time to take Eltroxin is to take it immediately upon awakening. Alternatively, you may take it half hour before meals or one hour after. Whatever you do, try to stick to one routine. This will ensure consistancy in absorption and bioavailability.
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My tsh is now 0.005. I stopped d eltroxin 50. After how many days I will start the medicine?

MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine Specialist, Faridabad
My tsh is now 0.005. I stopped d eltroxin 50. After how many days I will start the medicine?
now your tsh is normal. you can low dose of eltroxin 12.5 mcg can not stop it. you can take antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables: Blueberries, tomatoes, bell peppers, and other foods rich in antioxidants can improve overall health and benefit the thyroid gland. Eating foods high in B vitamins, like whole grains, may also help. Selenium: Tiny amounts of selenium are needed for enzymes that make thyroid hormones to work properly. Eating selenium-rich foods, such as sunflower seeds or Brazil nuts, can be beneficial. Tyrosine: This amino acid is used by the thyroid gland to produce T3 and T4. Taking a supplement may help,

I am having hypothyroidism. On medication since 6 yrs. Using 75mcg eltroxin. How can I reduce weight?

DRCH, BHMS
Homeopath, Bareilly
I am having hypothyroidism. On medication since 6 yrs. Using 75mcg eltroxin. How can I reduce weight?
Usually hypothyroid patients are overweight due to the swelling. Check your tsh level in every six month. When the tsh level is normal you will loose extra weight.

Can I take lidhrasava for white discharge and having small in vagina also taking eltroxin 50 mg.

D.E.H.M, B.E.M.S, M.D.(E.H)
Sexologist, Faridabad
To cure white discharge in females that patient visit ayurvedic doctor and tell her/him all symptoms and have treatment accordingly. Self medication either may aggravate of worsen condition further.

I have thyroid and take eltroxin 50 mcg. It has has any side effects. When should I stop taking medicine.

MBBS, MD
Endocrinologist, Delhi
I think you want to inform that you are having hypothyroidism and on Eltroxin 50 daily. It is synthetic thyroid hormone and is very safe if taken in prescribed dose. You have to monitor TSH regularly and dose of Eltroxin to be adjusted accordingly and indefinitelym.
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What Is Thyroid Disorders - Types, Risk Factors and FAQ

MBBS
Internal Medicine Specialist, Delhi
What Is Thyroid Disorders - Types, Risk Factors and FAQ

Thyroid disorder:

Thyroid disorder is a condition related to the thyroid gland, a butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck below the larynx, i.e. the voice box .The thyroid gland secretes thyroid hormones, which are released into the blood and transferred to every tissue in the body.The thyroid hormones are responsible for regulating the metabolism of our body and assist in the normal functioning of our body organs. The thyroid gland needs iodine to produce these essential hormones. This gland produces Thyroxine hormones, T3 (also called Tri-iodo Thyronine) and T4 (also called Tetraiodo Thyronine). Both these hormones are controlled by TSH (Thyroid Stimulating hormone), which is released by the pituitary gland situated in the brain.

An increase in the secretion of the thyroid hormones causes Thyrotoxicosis, a condition popularly known as Hyperthyroidism; while an insufficient secretion of the above thyroid hormones in the blood leads to Myxoedema, commonly referred to as Hypothyroidism. A condition where the thyroid gland increases in size than normal is generally known as Goitre (reference size for normal condition is 2 x 2 cm).

Types of Thyroid Disorders:

1. Thyrotoxicosis/Hyperthyroidism

This is a condition where the concentration of thyroid hormones T3 & T4 increases in the blood and the TSH levels go low.

Symptoms:

The symptoms of Thyrotoxicosis/hyperthyroidism are swelling in the neck (goitre), sudden weight loss, amplified appetite, swelling in the legs, extreme sweating, shivering, high blood pressure, skin pigmentation, heart failure or atrial fibrillation (also called Thyrocardiac disease), hair fall, rough skin, protruding eyes, sometimes double vision and reduction of vision (very rare). Other visible symptoms are extreme fatigue, muscle and body pain, breathlessness on physical activity, frequent diarrhoea, anxiety insomnia, etc. Sometimes, (in about one percent of patients), the weakness gets so severe that the patient develops thyrotoxic periodic paralysis; a condition where the patient is incapable of standing up from any sitting posture for a constant period of time. All these symptoms occur due to an increase in the metabolic rate of the body.

The patients diagnosed with hyperthyroidism may turn anemic and may develop osteoporosis, due to weakened bones; he/she may pass excessive urine. This condition also results in lack of beard & moustache and Gynecomastia (breast development in boys). Females suffer with miscarriages and conceiving problems.

Diagnosis:

To determine the condition of hyperthyroidism in a patient, the below tests are done: primarily T3, T4, and TSH; Antimicrosomal & Antithyroglobulin antibodies; and Free T3 and Free T4. Many times, a thyroid scan, Thyroglabulin test, TBG (thyroid binding globulin), along with radioactive iodine uptake are also undertaken depending on the severity and history of the disease.

Causes and Treatment:

1)    Graves’ disease: This is a condition of hyperthyroidism caused due to excess of thyroid hormone in blood. This happens due to an over-active Thyroid gland. It can be treated effectively in 2 years with drugs like neomercazol, antithyrox, or PTU. Sometimes, radioiodine therapy may be necessary.

2)    Toxic adenoma: it is a condition where a single inflamed nodule produces excess thyroid hormone. It requires a surgery or radio-iodine treatment/clero therapy.

3)    Thyroiditis is a common cause of thyrotoxicosis. There are three types of this condition:

a.    Subacute Thyroiditis: caused by an inflammation i.e. swelling in thyroid gland. Symptoms are swelling and pain in neck and throat and fever. Proper diagnosis includes tests of thyroid functioning, ESR, thyrod antibody test & thyroid scan. Can be easily treated in 2 months with effective drugs.

b.    Silent Thyroiditis:In this condition, there is a leakage of excess thyroid hormone in blood due to inflammation in thyroid gland.  Silent thyroiditis exhibits signs & symptoms of hyperthyroidism but without any no pain or fever.

c.    Hashimoto Thyroiditis: It occurs due to swelling of thyroid and excess deposition of inflammatory tissues in the thyroid gland. Symptoms are enlarged thyroid i.e. goiter & other similar signs indicating thyrotoxicosis.  

4)    Thyrotoxicosis (Thyroid) during pregnancy caused due to increased levels of thyroid hormone in blood. If not controlled, can lead to thyroid disorders in mother and child in future.

2. Hypothyroidism:

This condition is due to deficiency of thyroid hormone in the body.

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism:

Weight gain, dry and itchy skin, less or no sweating, hair loss, constipation, hot and cold chills, nervousness, irritability, depression, extreme fatigue & body pain, swelling of face & body, hypertension, anemia, hair fall, dry & brittle nails, itching of eyebrow hair, loss of appetite, excessive sleepiness, memory loss, muscle and body pain, puffy eyes, irregular menstrual periods in women infertility in men, etc. All these symptoms are due to decreased metabolism in the body.

Diagnosis:

The following tests are required for proper diagnosis and treatment of hypothyroidism.Free T3, Free T4 & TSH / or T3, T 4 & TSH

Other tests like Thyroid microsomal antibody, Urinary iodine, Thyroglobulin, Anti-thyroglobulin antibody, Thyroid scan, etc. may be done to know if the condition is temporary or permanent hypothyroidism.

Causes & treatment of Hypothyroidism

Permanent hypothyroidism is treated with drugs like Eltroxin, Thyrox, and Thyronorm in optimum doses depending on the severity of the condition. Thyroid tests are conducted at regular intervals. Medicines are to be taken regularly to lead a healthy life.

In many cases, the condition of hypothyroidism is temporary. It does not require lifelong medication. Proper diagnosis and treatment by a thyroid specialist can permanently cure the patient with hypothyroid condition.

Risk Factors:

Hyperthyroidism, especially Graves’ disease, may usually run in families. Therefore, tests and examinations of your entire family could reveal other persons in the family with underlying thyroid disorders.

Myths:

1. Intake of 4 spoons of coconut oil daily can cure hypothyroidism!

There is no evidence related to the benefits of coconut oil in curing thyroid. Please consult your physician before relying on such myths.

2. Thyroid disorder occurs due to the trauma suffered by a person while passing through the birth canal!

Absolutely rubbish!  This myth has unknown origin and evidence.

3. Toothpaste or water fluoride causes thyroid disorder!

There is no medical or scientific evidence to prove this fact.

FAQs:

Commonly asked questions about Thyroid disorders:

1. How can I know if I have thyroid disorder?

Answer: Check for symptoms like fatigue, anxiety, irregularity in sleep pattern, sudden changes in weight, sensitivity to hot or cold temperature, hair loss, dry itchy skin, muscles and body pain, or menstrual problems. You should even check any swelling in the neck or throat area. Immediately go for testing your thyroid function and consult a doctor if T3, T4 and TSH levels are not within the normal range.

2. How do I keep my thyroid healthy?

Answer: A well balanced diet and an active lifestyle can keep your thyroid functioning properly.  In addition, check for optimum iodineintake in your diet. Insufficient iodine in food causes thyroid while excess of iodine can also interfere in the normal thyroid functioning. Also the Iron levels in your blood should be sufficient enough to support the thyroid function. Iron helps to convert T4 to T3, the most active hormone in blood, and also binds T3. Another important ingredient in your diet is Trace Minerals like Zinc, chromium, and selenium that convert inactive T4 to active T3.

3. What does it mean if my thyroid tests show an increased TSH level?

Answer: Thyroid stimulating hormone or TSH is produced by the pituitary gland in the brain. It stimulates the thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormone. When the thyroid gland is underactive and produces less hormone in the body, the pituitary gland triggers more TSH production, signaling the thyroid gland to secrete more thyroid hormone. Thus if you have a higher TSH level, it means you are hypothyroid and your thyroid is underactive.

4. Can the mother with hypothyroidism breastfeed her baby?

Answer: Yes! But do consult your doctor for thyroid disorders in pregnancy.

5. What are the risks of hyperthyroidism during pregnancy?

Answer: Hyperthyroidism in mothers, if untreated, may lead to augmented heart rate and in some cases, still births. It is therefore very important to treat hyperthyroidism in an expecting mother.

 

Low Thyroxine Levels: What They Mean?

MBBS, CCEBDM, Diploma in Diabetology, Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics, Cetificate Course In Thyroid Disorders Management (CCMTD)
Endocrinologist, Dharwad
Low Thyroxine Levels: What They Mean?

Do you have an extremely low reading of thyroxine or T4, it means that you are suffering from an under active thyroid disease called hypothyroidism. With this condition, your thyroid glands fail to make sufficient thyroid hormones. The thyroid gland releases hormones, which travel all over your bloodstream and affect all parts of the body. Thyroid controls how the cells of the body use energy from food via the metabolism process, which in turn affects the body’s temperature, heartbeat and burning of calories. Lack of thyroid hormones slows down the body’s functions, reduces your energy and the metabolism is disrupted.

Causes of hypothyroidism
The primary cause of this condition is Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Thyroiditis refers to an inflammation of your thyroid gland. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune disorder in which extra antibodies are produced which destroy the thyroid gland. Viral infections may also lead to thyroiditis.

Other causes of the condition are as follows:

  1. Radiation therapy to the neck region for the treatment of several cancers like lymphoma may damage the cells present in the thyroid gland. Hence, the gland cannot secrete hormones properly.
  2. Radioactive iodine treatment is undertaken by people having an overactive thyroid gland. Radiation destroys the thyroid gland cells and leads to hypothyroidism.
  3. Certain medicines used to treat heart problems, cancer and psychiatric diseases may affect the thyroid gland and lead to hypothyroidism.
  4. Surgeries undertaken for removing the thyroid also lead to hypothyroidism.
  5. Iodine is required by the thyroid gland to produce hormones. A low amount of iodine in your diet and body may lead to hypothyroidism.

Risks factors of hypothyroidism
Usually women, especially older women are more likely to get hypothyroidism than men. The factors which determine if you are at a risk of acquiring the condition are as follows:

  1. Race
  2. Age
  3. Premature graying of hair
  4. Autoimmune disorders like type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, vitiligo, celiac disease, Addison’s disease and many more.
  5. Bipolar disorder
  6. Turner’s syndrome
  7. Down’s syndrome

The symptoms of hypothyroidism are as follows:

  1. Changes in menstrual cycle
  2. Constipation
  3. Hair loss and dry hair
  4. Fatigue and tiredness
  5. A slow heart rate
  6. Depression
  7. An increased sensitivity towards cold
  8. Swelling of the thyroid gland or goiter
  9. Gaining weight unusually or great difficulty in losing weight
  10. Carpal tunnel syndrome

If you observe the symptoms of hypothyroidism, you should consult a doctor who will prescribe several blood tests, such as the thyroid stimulating hormone test and the T4 or thyroxine test. Based on the results, a treatment method is adopted.

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Extremely Low Thyroxine And Its Complications!

MBBS, DNB (General Medicine)
General Physician, Delhi
Extremely Low Thyroxine And Its Complications!

What is Thyroxine?
Thyroxine, also known as T4, is the main hormone which is secreted by the thyroid gland into the bloodstream. Although it is an inactive form, most of it is converted to an active form called triiodothyronine by organs such as the liver and kidneys. The hypothalamus in the brain along with the pituitary and thyroid glands modulate the production and release of thyroid hormones.

What Happens If You Have Too Little Thyroxine?
If the level of thyroxine in the blood is low, then the pituitary gland releases more thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) to try and stimulate the thyroid gland to make more thyroxine. Therefore, a raised level of TSH means the thyroid gland is underactive and is not making enough thyroxine. When the thyroid gland produces very little quantity of thyroxine, then the condition is known as hypothyroidism.

As thyroid hormones are essential for physical and mental development, so hypothyroidism during development or before birth and during childhood causes mental impairment and reduced physical growth.

Symptoms usually show a slow and gradual progression before they become worse over months or years as the level of thyroxine in the body gradually falls.

In adults it causes a decrease in metabolic rate resulting in symptoms that include:

Less Common Symptoms include:

Etiology

  1. Autoimmune diseases: The immune system makes antibodies against your body cells
  2. Poor iodine intake 
  3. Use of certain drugs like amiodarone and lithium
  4. Surgical removal or injury to thyroid gland
  5. Underactive thyroid gland (congenital hypothyroidism)

Complications

  1. Low thyroxine level causes the blood fats (lipids) - cholesterol etc., to rise
  2. Pregnant females have an increased risk of developing some pregnancy complications like:
  3. Pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure and protein in urine)
  4. Anemia
  5. Premature labor
  6. Low birth weight
  7. Stillbirth
  8. Serious bleeding after the birth
  9. Hypothyroid coma (myxedema coma) is a very rare complication
  10. Myxedema coma is a rare but life-threatening state of extreme hypothyroidism

Diagnosis and Investigations:

It involves a blood test which screens the levels of TSH and free T4 and T3. Usually, the reports show high TSH and T3 and T4 levels.

Treatment:

Treatment usually involves taking a daily tablet of thyroid hormone levothyroxine to replace the missing thyroxine. Treatment works very well for most people with hypothyroidism but is required for life. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Low On Thyroxine - Know What Does It Signify!

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MD - Internal Medicine, DM - Endocrinology, DNB (Endocrinology)
Endocrinologist, Pune
Low On Thyroxine - Know What Does It Signify!

Do you have an extremely low reading of thyroxine or T4, it means that you are suffering from an under active thyroid disease called hypothyroidism. With this condition, your thyroid glands fail to make sufficient thyroid hormones. The thyroid gland releases hormones, which travel all over your bloodstream and affect all parts of the body. Thyroid controls how the cells of the body use energy from food via the metabolism process, which in turn affects the body’s temperature, heartbeat and burning of calories. Lack of thyroid hormones slows down the body’s functions, reduces your energy and the metabolism is disrupted.

Causes of hypothyroidism
The primary cause of this condition is Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Thyroiditis refers to an inflammation of your thyroid gland. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune disorder which destroy the thyroid gland. Viral infections may also lead to thyroiditis.

Other causes of the condition are as follows:

  1. Radiation therapy to the neck region for the treatment of several cancers like lymphoma may damage the cells present in the thyroid gland. Hence, the gland cannot secrete hormones properly.

  2. Radioactive iodine treatment is undertaken by people having an overactive thyroid gland. Radiation destroys the thyroid gland cells and leads to hypothyroidism.

  3. Certain medicines used to treat heart problems, cancer and psychiatric diseases may affect the thyroid gland and lead to hypothyroidism.

  4. Surgeries undertaken for removing the thyroid also lead to hypothyroidism.

  5. Iodine is required by the thyroid gland to produce hormones. A low amount of iodine in your diet and body may lead to hypothyroidism.

Risks factors of hypothyroidism
Usually women, especially older women are more likely to get hypothyroidism than men. The factors which determine if you are at a risk of acquiring the condition are as follows:

  1. Race

  2. Age

  3. Autoimmune disorders like type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, vitiligo, celiac disease, Addison’s disease and many more.

  4. Bipolar disorder

  5. Turner’s syndrome

  6. Down’s syndrome

The symptoms of hypothyroidism are as follows:

  1. Changes in menstrual cycle

  2. Constipation

  3. Hair loss and dry hair

  4. Fatigue and tiredness

  5. A slow heart rate

  6. Depression

  7. An increased sensitivity towards cold

  8. Swelling of the thyroid gland or goiter

  9. Gaining weight

  10. Carpal tunnel syndrome

If you observe the symptoms of hypothyroidism, you should consult a doctor who will prescribe several blood tests, such as the thyroid stimulating hormone test and the T4 or thyroxine test. Based on the results, a treatment method is adopted.

 

Shaking Hands Can be a Sign of Thyroid Disease

DM - Neurology
Neurologist,
Shaking Hands Can be a Sign of Thyroid Disease

Are you aware that shaking hands can be an early sign of thyroid disease?

Yes, that's right! Even in patients who have a low thyroid function, shaking of hands can appear when the dose of thyroxine becomes too high - and it can be a reliable indicator to titrate the dose (which means, if an increase in dose of thyroxine makes the hands start shaking, then the dose should be reduced). In hyperthyroidism (or excessive thryoxine hormone synthesis states in the body), one of the cardinal symptoms is shaking of the hands.

So how do you know for sure it is due to thyroid hormone excess? And how do you differentiate this from other kinds of tremor?

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