ERFA Thyroid Overview
Thyroid hormone is used to treat underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism). It is a natural product made from animal thyroid glands (usually a pig's). It replaces or provides more thyroid hormone, which is normally produced by the thyroid gland. Low thyroid hormone levels can occur naturally or when the thyroid gland is injured by radiation/medications or removed by surgery. Having enough thyroid hormone is important for maintaining normal mental and physical activity. In children, having enough thyroid hormone is important for normal mental and physical development. ERFA Thyroid is also used to treat other types of thyroid disorders (such as certain types of goiters, thyroid cancer) and also to test for thyroid function. ERFA Thyroid should not be used to treat infertility unless it is caused by low thyroid hormone levels. Older adults should discuss the risks and benefits of ERFA Thyroid with their doctor or pharmacist.
ERFA Thyroid Warnings
ERFA Thyroid should not be used for weight loss. Normal doses of ERFA Thyroid will not work for weight loss, and large doses of ERFA Thyroid may cause serious, possibly fatal side effects, especially when taken with diet pills.
How to Use ERFA Thyroid
Take ERFA Thyroid by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually once daily on an empty stomach, 30 minutes to 1 hour before breakfast. Dosage of ERFA Thyroid is based on your medical condition, laboratory test results, and response to treatment. For children, the Dosage of ERFA Thyroid is also based on age/weight. Use ERFA Thyroid regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day. Do not stop taking ERFA Thyroid without first consulting with your doctor. Thyroid replacement treatment is usually taken for life. Certain medications (cholestyramine, colestipol, colesevelam, antacids, sucralfate, simethicone, iron, sodium polystyrene sulfonate, calcium carbonate, orlistat) can decrease the amount of thyroid hormone that is absorbed by your body. If you are taking any of these drugs, separate them from ERFA Thyroid by at least 4 hours. There are different brands of thyroid hormone available. Do not change brands without first consulting your doctor or pharmacist. Symptoms of low thyroid hormone levels include tiredness, muscle aches, constipation, dry skin, weight gain, slow heartbeat, or sensitivity to cold. Tell your doctor if your condition gets worse or lasts after several weeks of taking ERFA Thyroid.
ERFA Thyroid Precautions
Before taking thyroid hormone, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to pork products; or if you have any other allergies. ERFA Thyroid may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before using ERFA Thyroid, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history,increased thyroid hormones (thyrotoxicosis), decreased adrenal gland function, heart disease (such as coronary artery disease, irregular heartbeat), high blood pressure, diabetes. Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products). Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of ERFA Thyroid, especially chest pain, fast/pounding/irregular heartbeat. Current information shows that ERFA Thyroid may be used during pregnancy. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant because your dose may need to be adjusted. Thyroid hormone passes into breast milk but is unlikely to harm a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
ERFA Thyroid Misdose
If you miss a dose of ERFA Thyroid, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up unless your doctor tells you to do so. Call your doctor if you miss 2 or more doses in a row. Ask your doctor ahead of time what to do about a missed dose and follow your doctor's specific directions.
ERFA Thyroid Interactions
See also How to Use Section. Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval."blood thinners" (such as warfarin), digoxin, estrogen-containing products (including birth control pills).
ERFA Thyroid Side Effects
Hair loss may occur during the first few months of treatment. This effect is usually temporary as your body adjusts to ERFA Thyroid. If this effect lasts or gets worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Remember that ERFA Thyroid has been prescribed because your doctor has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using ERFA Thyroid do not have serious side effects.increased sweating, sensitivity to heat, mental/mood changes (such as nervousness, mood swings), tiredness, diarrhea, shaking (tremor), headache, shortness of breath.chest pain, fast/pounding/irregular heartbeat, swelling hands/ankles/feet, seizures. A very serious allergic reaction to ERFA Thyroid is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction,rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing. This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch. In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
ERFA Thyroid Storage
Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard ERFA Thyroid when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
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