SYNTHROID (levothyroxine sodium)

SYNTHROID (levothyroxine sodium)

Use: Hypothyroidism

A synthetic form of the thyroid hormone thyroxine, generic Synthroid makes up more
than 11% of the top prescribed medications. It’s used to treat hypothyroidism. The
related drug dextrothyroxine (D-thyroxine) was used in the past as a treatment for
elevated cholesterol but was withdrawn due to cardiac side-effects.
Consequences:
Long-term suppression of thyroid stimulating hormone (T SH) causes cardiac side-
effects and contributes to decreases in bone mineral density (high TSH levels are also
well known to contributes to osteoporosis.) May also cause elevated blood glucose
levels, heart failure, coma and adrenal insufficiency. TSH directly influences the whole
process of iodine trapping and thyroid hormone production so use of synthroid
directly affects how the body metabolizes iodine.
Natural Foods:
Any foods containing iodine such as seaweed, kelp, radish, parsley, fish, seafood,
eggs, bananas, cranberries, strawberries, himalayan crystal salt. Also, copper, iron,
selenium and zinc are essential in the production of thyroid hormones. Exercise a
minimum of 20-30 minutes per day – enough to raise the heartbeat.

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