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Levothyroxine Sodium

[ Generic Medicines for Thyroid Treatment ]

Levothyroxine Sodium is man-made thyroxine that is similar to the endogenous hormone made by the thyroid gland. T3 cell enters the cell and binds to nuclear thyroid hormone receptors; the activated hormone-receptor complex that triggers gene expression and forms proteins required in the regulation of cellular respiration. Thyroid cell also exhibits cardio-stimulatory effects. This mentioned medication is the sodium salt of L-thyroxine is used as replacement therapy in the treatment of hypothyroidism. It is made available in conventional tablet form.

Class of Drugs – Man-made thyroxine

Molecular Formula – C15H10I4NNaO4

Molecular Weight - 798.85 g/mol

Working: This active component is a man-made version of the principle thyroid hormone, i.e. thyroxine. It is made and released by the thyroid gland. Levothyroxine Sodium increases the metabolic rate of cells of all tissues in the body. Thyroid hormone is important in the fetus and newborn babies for the growth and development of all tissues such as bones and the brain. It helps to maintain brain function, utilization of food, and body temperature in adults.

Uses: Given medication is used in medicines as the active component for the treatment of an underactive thyroid. Levothyroxine Sodium replaces or provides more thyroid hormone, which is normally made by the thyroid gland. Enough thyroid hormone is important for maintaining normal mental and physical activity.

It can be also used to treat other types of thyroid disorders like certain types of goiters, thyroid cancer.

Popular Brands and Dosages: This particular active ingredient is used in a popular brand medicine as mentioned below:

  • Synthroid: 25 mcg, 50 mcg, 75 mcg, 88 mcg, 100 mcg, 125 mcg, 175 mcg and, 200 mcg

Children might be more sensitive to this medicine, it can cause side effects such as headache, vision changes, and hip/leg pain.