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Westhroid

Generic Name: thyroid desiccated (THYE roid (DES i kay ted))
Brand Name: Armour Thyroid, Nature-Throid, NP Thyroid, Westhroid, WP Thyroid
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Drug Information:
Desiccated (dried) Thyroid is a combination of hormones that are normally produced by your Thyroid gland to regulate the body's energy and metabolism. Desiccated Thyroid is given when the Thyroid does not produce enough of this hormone on its own. Desiccated Thyroid treats hypoThyroidism (low Thyroid hormone). Desiccated Thyroid is also used to treat or prevent goiter (enlarged Thyroid gland), and is also given as part of a medical tests for Thyroid disorders. Desiccated Thyroid should not be used to treat obesity or weight problems. Learn more

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Westhroid Side Effects

Note: This document contains side effect information about thyroid desiccated. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Westhroid.

For the Consumer

Applies to thyroid desiccated: oral tablet

Warning

Oral route (Tablet)

In euthyroid patients, doses within the range of daily hormonal requirements are ineffective for weight reduction. Larger doses may produce serious or even life-threatening manifestations of toxicity, particularly when given in association with sympathomimetic amines such as those used for their anorectic effects.

Along with its needed effects, thyroid desiccated (the active ingredient contained in Westhroid) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking thyroid desiccated:

  • Changes in appetite
  • changes in menstrual periods
  • chest pain
  • diarrhea
  • fast or irregular heartbeat
  • fever
  • hand tremors
  • headache
  • irritability
  • leg cramps
  • nervousness
  • sensitivity to heat
  • shortness of breath
  • sweating
  • trouble sleeping
  • vomiting
  • weight loss

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to thyroid desiccated: compounding powder, oral capsule, oral tablet

General

Adverse reactions other than those attributable to hyperthyroidism due to therapeutic overdose are rare. Excessive doses may result in a hypermetabolic state resembling in every respect the condition of endogenous origin.

If sings and symptoms of overdosage appear, the dosage should be reduced or therapy temporarily discontinued and may be reinstituted at a lower dosage. Normal hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid axis function has been restored in 6 to 8 weeks after thyroid suppression.

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by USARx EDITORIAL TEAM Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Westhroid (www.drugs.com/mtm/westhroid.html).