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Mohamed Imran Lakhi Content Administrator GPhC: 2060586 Updated on: 28/11/2019 Next review: 28/05/2020

What is Eltroxin?

Eltroxin is used to treat an underactive thyroid, also known as hypothyroidism.

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland in your lower neck. It produces two main hormones called triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). The condition means that your thyroid gland does not produce enough of these hormones, specifically the hormone important for controlling your metabolism.


What Causes An Underactive Thyroid?

An underactive thyroid can be caused by an autoimmune disorder known as, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. This disorder triggers an attack on your thyroid gland, damaging it and stopping it from producing enough thyroxine.

A tiny gland in the brain known as the pituitary gland, releases thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), which signals the thyroid gland to release the thyroid hormone.

When you have a low level of thyroxine, your pituitary produces more TSH to try to produce more thyroxine. This combination of high TSH levels and low thyroxine levels indicate an underactive thyroid.

When there is a lack of thyroxine your body's metabolism slows down, subsequently slowing down bodily processes and resulting in lower levels of energy.

The common symptoms of underactive thyroid include:

  • Fatigue
  • Sensitivity to cold
  • Weight gain
  • Constipation
  • Dry/brittle skin, hair and nails.

A thyroid function blood test will be able to identify if you have an underactive thyroid. If the result is positive, you will need to start taking a daily hormone replacement tablet.

If you do not take the appropriate thyroid treatment, you may notice your symptoms worsen.


How Does Eltroxin Work?

Eltroxin contains a synthetic hormone called levothyroxine, which replaces and replenishes the low levels of thyroxine your body naturally produces. Your doctor will prescribe you with a suitable dose however you will need to undergo regular blood tests to monitor your thyroid levels. Your doctor may increases or decrease your dose over time.


How Do I Take Eltroxin?

The tablet is best taken before your first meal of the day and should be swallowed with a glass of water.

As with any medication, it's important to always take the dose prescribed by your doctor. If you are unsure about the dose, check with your doctor before taking anything.


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What is Eltroxin?

What causes an Underactive Thyroid?

How does Eltroxin work?

How do I take Eltroxin?

Treatment information

  • Product Name: Eltroxin
  • Manufacturer: Advanz pharma
  • Active Ingredient(s): Levothyroxine
  • Administration: Oral
  • Presentation: Tablet
  • Available Strength: 25mcg, 50mcg, 100mcg
  • Exemption: Prescription-Only Medicine
  • Dosage: Take as prescribed
  • Description: Eltroxin is a synthetic hormone, used to treat hypothyroidism
  • Drug Class: Synthetic hormone
  • Alcohol Consumption: No influence
  • When Pregnant: Tell your prescriber if you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant before taking Eltroxin.
  • When Breastfeeding: Tell our prescriber if you are breastfeeding on plan on breastfeeding before taking Eltroxin.
  • Related Drug: Levothyroxine
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