Synthroid is a thyroid hormone supplement that is used as a replacement for the thyroid hormone which is naturally produced by the thyroid gland in the body in order to regulate the metabolism and energy of the body. This supplement is taken by people who are no longer able to produce the hormone naturally.
Side Effects Synthroid works by reducing the symptoms that normally appear due to a very low level of thyroid hormone in the body. The dose to be taken by the patient depends on the amount of that hormone that they need to bring back their level of blood back to optimum level. This level is got through blood tests. Therefore, the starting dose of anyone will depend on things like their general physical condition and how severe and long they have had the symptoms.
Since it is a narrow therapeutic index medication, it’s safe and effective dose is very close to its toxic and dangerous dose. Due to that, it is very easy to take an overdose even if you just take a little more than the prescribed dosage for you.
What happens if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, you should take the missed dose as soon as you get to remember. After that, you can take the following doses as normal. However, it is advisable to skip the missed dose if you fail to remember it until the time of the next dose. In case you are not sure of this, you can seek medical advice.
What are the side effects Synthroid overdose?
Taking even a little more of Synthroid than your prescribed dose whether you intended or unintended to can be very dangerous. Just a mild overdose can result in hyperthyroidism symptoms while very large overdoses can result in even life-threatening effects. Some of the side effects Synthroid overdose include:
1. Skin effects – The signs of taking too much of this medication are mostly seen in a person’s skin. It makes the skin unusually warmer because it increases the flow of blood and the body metabolism. A person may, therefore, be more sensitive to heat, perspire more, and even develop a dangerously high fever (malignant hyperthermia)
2. Neurological and psychiatric effects – Some people can feel restless and irritable due to its effect on the nervous system. It can also cause memory problems, concentration problems, confusion, insomnia, and some people may even fall into a coma.
3. Gastrointestinal effects – Most people tend to lose weight due to its effect on the digestive tract. This includes frequent bowel movements due to the increased movement of food through the digestive tract.
4. Heart effects – Having an irregular and rapid heartbeat is common with taking too much of Synthroid. Patients who have underlying heart diseases may experience heart failures.
Treatment for Synthroid overdose
The treatments for the side effects Synthroid overdose vary depending on the condition of the patient. In case the overdose was recent, certain medications may be administered to the patient or a tube may be placed into their stomach to pump it.
If you feel that you have taken too much Synthroid and notice the symptoms, you should see your medical doctor.