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Levothyroxine, what do patients say about it?
March 29, 2018

Levothyroxine, here’s what it is.

Many patients have been put on Levothyroxine, notably to treat hypothyroidism, a chronic condition for which patients will most likely be put on life-long medication. Most patients report very little side effects and can notice many health improvements such as weight loss or increase in energy.

However, some patients do report side-effects. These side-effects can severely impair patients as they experience:

  • chest pain
  • difficulty breathing
  • hair loss
  • sense of cognitive “fog”

This can seem overwhelming, especially as hypothyroidism is expected to be a life-long disease.

But not all hope is lost! It has been shown that switching brands of Levothyroxine can easily improve the experience of these side effects. Likewise, altering the dosage can have an influence on the patient’s well-being. By using smart-phone apps, such as Medsmart®, it is easier than ever to adapt to a change in medication. Just scanning the barcode will enable Medsmart® users to quickly upload their thyroid medication to their virtual medicine cabinet. From the medicine cabinet users have the ability to learn more about the medicine, share information with others & set up reminders.

Interestingly, certain users have reported a notable decrease in side effects when taking their medication in the evening rather than in the morning. A simple Medsmart® reminder could help patients to make that change in their schedule to improve their overall well-being.

Tools such as the Medsmart® app enable patients to manage their medication and symptoms more effectively. In the wake of digital health revolution let’s utilise technology to help improve our general well-being, especially those suffering from chronic diseases such as hypothyroidism.

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Written by Julie Regamey.

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Disclaimer

This is curated content taken from what people are saying on the web, popular conversations about medicines. We aim to provide a wide range of information for our users and readers to give a brief overview of this medicine’s main use, side effects and possible issues. We have not detailed one specific or individual health condition. We are in no way intending to replace medical advice or prescription, and we strongly suggest individuals seek advice from their doctors, pharmacists or other healthcare professionals. This article is not a substitute for medical advice. Talking Medicines, the company behind Medsmart®, has taken every effort to ensure the information written in this article is accurate but cannot guarantee that all is medically correct. Medsmart® only provides general information about post prescription medication. Medsmart® does not provide medical advice in relation to any individual case or patient, nor does Medsmart® provide medical or diagnostic services. The information provided through Medsmart® does not replace advice obtained from a qualified healthcare professional. Medsmart® users should always consult a healthcare professional before acting on any of the information you read.

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