What is L-Thyroxine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Levothyroxine

L-Thyroxine is a brand name for the drug levothyroxine, 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 51 13
Hashimoto's Thyroiditis 8 1
Graves Disease 2 0
Atrial Fibrillation 1 0
General health 1 0
Goiter 1 0

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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 0
Moderate 2
Mild 1
None 11

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with L-Thyroxine

Side effect Patients
Generalized weakness (asthenia) 1
Hair loss 1
Headaches 1
Joint pain 1
Muscle and joint pain 1
Tachycardia (fast heart rate) 1

Show all 7 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking L-Thyroxine

Dosage Patients
75 mcg daily 2
25 mcg (0.025 mg) daily 1
0.05 mcg daily 1
50 mcg (0.05 mg) daily 1
0.088 mg daily 1
88 mcg (0.088 mg) daily 1
0.112 mcg daily 1
0.25 mcg daily 1
0.5 mg daily 1
0.88 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking L-Thyroxine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Doctor's advice 1
See all 4 patients who’ve stopped taking L-Thyroxine

Duration

Currently taking L-Thyroxine

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 5

Stopped taking L-Thyroxine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
2 - 5 years 1
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 10
Usually 2
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 9
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 5
Not specified 9

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking L-Thyroxine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Desiccated thyroid (Armour Thyroid) 1
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1 patient evaluation for L-Thyroxine

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chowda72
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: All
Fatigue: Some
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: All
function: None
external_stress: Some
Stickman: all
Description:F44y
FM:22y Dx
I am: vg
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See chowda72's full L-Thyroxine history

Jun 15, 2010 (Started Oct 10, 1991)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Hypothyroidism)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Muscle and joint pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 88 mcg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Muscle and joint pain

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