What is Levothyroxine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Synthroid Levoxyl Thyroxine Show all

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See also: Thyrolar-1

Levothyroxine is a synthetic form of the human hormone thyroxine. The drug is used to treat hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), which can lead to weight gain, depression, and pain.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Hypothyroidism 2,808 871
Hashimoto's Thyroiditis 445 174
General health 144 19
Thyroid Cancer 83 16
Hashimoto's Thyroiditis 65 5
Thyroid disorder 35 8

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 35
Moderate 87
Mild 107
None 896

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Levothyroxine

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 27
Hair loss 24
Weight gain 23
Headaches 14
Heart palpitations 12
Nausea 12

Show all 179 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Levothyroxine

Dosage Patients
50 mcg (0.05 mg) daily 93
75 mcg (0.075 mg) daily 51
100 mcg (0.1 mg) daily 49
0.075 mg daily 46
0.1 mg daily 41
25 mcg (0.025 mg) daily 32
125 mcg (0.125 mg) daily 32
0.025 mg daily 29
0.05 mg daily 29
0.175 mg daily 26

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Why patients stopped taking Levothyroxine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 88
Doctor's advice 67
Other 60
Side effects too severe 41
Personal research 40
Course of treatment ended 18
Change in health plan coverage 16
Expense 9
See all 260 patients who’ve stopped taking Levothyroxine

Duration

Currently taking Levothyroxine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 19
6 months - 1 year 48
1 - 2 years 53
2 - 5 years 152
5 - 10 years 220
10 years or more 347

Stopped taking Levothyroxine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 19
1 - 6 months 50
6 months - 1 year 39
1 - 2 years 34
2 - 5 years 45
5 - 10 years 35
10 years or more 46
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 966
Usually 130
Sometimes 6
Never taken as prescribed 23
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 20
Somewhat hard to take 76
A little hard to take 164
Not at all hard to take 865
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 2
$50-99 12
$25-49 48
< $25 679
Not specified 382

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Levothyroxine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Desiccated thyroid (Armour Thyroid) 18
Levothyroxine (Synthroid) 7
Liothyronine (T3) (Cytomel) 4
Antidepressants 1
Carbimazole 1

Show all 9 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Levothyroxine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Desiccated thyroid (Armour Thyroid) 41
Levothyroxine (Synthroid) 6
Liothyronine (T3) (Cytomel) 4
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 1
Phentermine (Adipex-P) 1

Show all 8 treatments patients report switching to

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91 patient evaluations for Levothyroxine

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khariss
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khariss
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 64
Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 6 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Severe
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

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Jan 23, 2017 (Started Jun 02, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Hashimoto's Thyroiditis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mcg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
TamiLynn
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TamiLynn
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Off
Mouth/throat: none
Arms: mild
Chest: none
Legs: mild
I am: vg
I have:
Parkinson's

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Jan 3, 2017 (Started Aug 10, 1996)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.125 mg Daily
Cost: $100-199 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
zoomer
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zoomer
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 1
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Moderate
61 F
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: g
I have:
Bipolar I

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Jan 1, 2017 (Started Jan 02, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Thyroid disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Hypothyroidism)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 mcg (0.025 mg) Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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