Whenever you are starting to take a new medication it is best if you learn what the side effects of the medication may be. This will allow you to watch out for signs that the medicine may be doing more harm than good in your body.
Not all side effects are actually severe enough to make you stop taking the medication as it was prescribed, but when a side effect lingers and does not go away, even a mild one can seem impossible to live with.
What are the possible side effects of Levothyroxine that are most common?
Some side effects occur more frequently than others do. The ones that occur in the largest number of people are reported to be the most common side effects, or the side effects that are most likely to occur.
These effects may not seem to be so bad, but always tell your doctor that you have been experiencing them, and let your doctor know if they worsen or become severe.
- Weight loss is one of the most frequently reported side effects in people who have hypothyroidism.
- Headaches are often reported by people taking this drug
- Changes in menstrual cycles for a short period of time
- Stomach cramps accompanied by diarrhea or constipation may occur
- Sensitivity to hot temperatures may occur
- Profuse sweating is often reported
- Increased appetite
- Insomnia and restlessness
What are the possible side effects of Levothyroxine that should be reported immediately to the doctor?
All medications have the possibility of causing more severe side effects to occur in some people. The more severe side effects need to be reported to your doctor as soon as you begin to suffer from them. Do not wait until your next appointment to tell them of the following things.
- Fever; especially if it goes above 101
- Severe diarrhea
- Hair loss. Especially if this happens in children within the first month of their being on the medication
What are the possible side effects of Levothyroxine that should make you go directly to the emergency room?
If you experience life threatening symptoms you need to go straight to the emergency room of the nearest hospital. The emergency room physician will notify your doctor so do not waste time waiting for your doctor to return a call if you experience a rapid or irregular heartbeat. Call 911 and let an ambulance take you to the emergency room of the nearest facility if you begin to have chest pains, pains radiating down your left arm, or other symptoms of a heart attack.
This medication includes a warning to any person that does not suffer from hypothyroidism. The medication will not help anyone that does not have an under active thyroid to lose weight. If you do not have hypothyroidism taking this medication can cause a life threatening toxicity in your body. If you mix this medication with amphetamines you are at a greater risk of having this toxicity occur.