Treatment for Hypothyroidism/Underactive Thyroid
Oroxine, Eutroxsig & Eltroxin (synthetic T4/Levothyroxine)
Thyroxine (Oroxine/Eutroxsig/Eltroxin) is prescribed for patients who have had a total thyroidectomy or who suffer from an underactive thyroid gland, (hypothyroidism). Also as a result of a hemi-thyroidectomy, radioactive iodine or due to hypothyroidism.
Oroxine/Eutroxsig/Eltroxin are synthetic forms of the hormone Levothyroxine (T4). It is the closest form of thyroxine hormone to what a healthy thyroid gland produces. Please read information regarding Oroxine/Eutroxsig and Eltroxin on the Treatments page of this website.
If the thyroid gland is underactive, your doctor will prescribe a small dose to start your treatment, usually 50 mcgs., and increase the dose as the thyroid gland becomes progressively inactive. If this medication is prescribed as a result of a total thyroidectomy, your treating doctor will determine the initial dose, after pathology tests. It is unusual for patients to cease this medication once it has begun.
Please note: Eltroxin is not the same formula as Oroxine and Eutroxsig. Please read information regarding Oroxine, Eutroxsig and Eltroxin on the Treatments page of this website.
Time to Take Levothyroxine Medication
Recent research supports The ATF’s Recommendation to take Oroxine/Eutroxsig first thing in the morning (as soon as your eyes are open) with a glass of water only, on an empty stomach. Wait at least 30 – 60 minutes after taking the dose before breakfast. Other medications, vitamins/minerals herbal medicines and supplements should not be taken at the same time to avoid interactions with Oroxine/Eutroxsig. An interval of at least 4 hours after taking Oroxine/Eutroxsig is recommended by Prof. Jim Stockigt before taking other medications. (Thyroid News No 7 Sept/Oct 2001). This is due to possible interactions and lower absorption.
Storage of Oroxine and Eutroxsig
It is essential to refrigerate blister strips not yet in use of Oroxine and Eutroxsig between 2 – 8 Degrees Celcius (refrigerated temperature). The ATF Recommendation is to keep all of your tablets in the refrigerator, all of the time and go to the refrigerator in the morning to get your dose. This is to safeguard against spoilage from room temperatures rising throughout the day, due to seasonal change, or room heating during colder months.
Laboratory tests have shown that if not stored correctly, there is a reduction in potency of the active ingredient, thyroxine sodium.
Storage of Eltroxin
Eltroxin does not need to be refrigerated. Eltroxin should be kept at room temperature below 25 degrees celsius. Please note Eltroxin is not the same formula as Oroxine/Eutroxsig. Please read information regarding Eltroxin on the Treatments page of this website.
If tablets become soft, crumble, and/or discoloured, or you believe they are not effective, please contact:
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After receiving many concerns from ATF Members about keeping Oroxine and Eutroxsig cool whilst travelling, The ATF Committee resourced The ATF Medication Travel Pack to include as one of our Members Services, for members of the ATF to purchase as a solution to travelling with Oroxine and Eutroxsig.
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Treatment for Hyperthyroidism/OveractiveThyroid
Neo-Mercazole & Propylthiouracil (PTU)
Your treating thyroid specialist will prescribe a dose of Neo-Mercazole or PTU to treat your condition and will monitor your thyroid response through pathology tests.
Things You Must Do Whilst Taking Neo-Mercazole
Ensure you inform all doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you are taking Neo-Mercazole or PTU. Tell your treating thyroid specialist if you intend to become pregnant whilst taking the medication.
If you are referred to have laboratory testing of any kind, ensure you inform the doctor you are taking Neo-Mercazole or PTU.
If you believe the medication dose needs to be reviewed because your symptoms have changed, ensure you tell your treating thyroid specialist. Ensure you tell your treating thyroid specialist if you have missed a dose of the medication, especially before pathology testing. Ensure you keep appointments with your thyroid treating specialist and if you are concerned whilst taking the medication, ask for an appointment to discuss.
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If you develop any of these symptoms, or having any concerns whilst taking one of these medications, please contact your treating thyroid specialist immediately.