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MEDICATIONS

Hyperthyroidism/OveractiveThyroid

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.

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Hypothyroidism/Under Active Thyroid

As of 2017, Australia now has three brands of Levothyroxine replacement hormone available for prescription; Oroxine, Eutroxsig & Eltroxin.

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Levothyroxine Replacement Hormone (Formerly known as Thyroxine Replacement Hormone)

Levothyroxine (Oroxine/Eutroxsig/Eltroxin) is prescribed for patients who have had a total thyroidectomy or who suffer from an under-active thyroid gland, (hypothyroidism).  Also as a result of a hemi-thyroidectomy, radioactive iodine or due to hypothyroidism.

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Oroxine / Eutroxsig 

Oroxine/Eutroxsig are synthetic forms of the hormone Levothyroxine (T4).  It is the closest form of thyroxine hormone to what a healthy thyroid gland produces.

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Eltroxin 

Eltroxin is synthetic forms of the hormone Levothyroxine (T4).  It is the closest form of thyroxine hormone to what a healthy thyroid gland produces.

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Tertroxin (Liothyronine sodium) 

Tertroxin is a synthetic form of "liothyronine" (T3), which is a naturally occurring thyroid hormone, produced by the thyroid gland.

Levothyroxine – thyroid hormone replacement (T4) medication breaks down into Liothyronine (T3) once it absorbs after ingesting. 

Tertroxin is usually prescribed, after very careful consideration, by a thyroid treating specialist (Endocrinologist) who will determine if it will benefit the patient.  It can be prescribed to take with Levothyroxine (T4) medication or alone.  Please seek advice from an Endocrinologist who will monitor your pathology results regularly whilst taking Tertroxin.

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Alternate for (Levothyroxine) Thyroxine Hormone Replacement Therapy 

The Australian Thyroid Foundation Ltd. (ATF) supports evidence based medications and does not encourage patients to take any alternative formula of Natural Desiccated Thyroid, such as Armour desiccated preparation nor other compounded Levothyroxine and Triiodothyronine (T4 and T3) combination preparations.

Natural Desiccated Thyroid is imported into Australia. The Department of Health – Therapeutic Goods Administration categorises the import as a Food and not a Medicine. The Endocrine Society of Australia does not endorse this formula.

Patient choice to use this formula is the patient’s decision after all known information and education has been evaluated. Quality control certificates are not provided or available to confirm the ingredient or dose of each batch dispensed.

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Neo-Mercazole / Carbimazole / PTU - information

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.

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QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR DOCTOR

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ADVERSE EVENTS ('SIDE EFFECTS') REPORTING SURVEY

Australian Government Health Department

Investigation of adverse event ('side effect') reports is an important way that the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) monitors the safety of medicines and vaccines used in Australia.

If you believe you have had a 'Side Effect' or 'Adverse Event'  from a prescribed medication or treatment, please register on the link below with the Australian Government Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)

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