Help to manage your pets hypothyroid condition with Levothyroxine. What is Levothyroxine?
a tablet that is given by mouth to pets who have hypothyroidism. These animals are unable to produce proper amounts of thyroid hormone. This medication helps to regulate thyroid hormones level which helps to promote normal body function. What are the benefits of Levothyroxine?
- Generic formulation that is equally as effective as name brands
- Supplements thyroid hormone and manages symptoms of hypothyroidism
- Different strengths available to achieve the most accurate dosing for your pet.
dogs and cats can receive Levothyroxine. How is this medication given?
Give this medication orally according to your veterinarians exact instructions.
Try to use the same brand of medication consistently unless otherwise directed by your veterinarian.
Do not use this medication in any other pet except the one it is prescribed for. Call your veterinarian if you have any questions regarding the use of this medication.How does this medication work?
Levothyroxine is a synthetic version of the hormone thyroxine that is normally produced by the thyroid gland. It works to supplement thyroid hormone in pets with an underactive thyroid gland(hypothyroidism) in order to sustain normal body metabolism. What results can I expect?
Levothyroxine manages symptoms associated with hypothyroidism but it is not curative.
Blood testing is necessary at periodic intervals as recommended by your veterinarian.
It may be several weeks before you notice an improvement in your pets condition. This medication is usually given for the rest of your pets life once it is started. What form(s) does Levothyroxine come in?
tablets that are available in multiple strengths.Generic Name:
Levothyroxine (Common Drug Name) Common Brand Name:
Soloxine (Virbac), Levotabs (Vetus), Synthroid (Knoll), Thyrosin (Vedco), Thyro-Tabs (Vet-a-Mix) Dose and Administration:
Levothyroxine is given orally. Always follow your veterinarians exact instructions.
Your veterinarian will require blood testing periodically to ensure that your pet is receiving the proper dose of medication.
Give your pet medication as soon as your remember if you forget to give a dose but do not give two doses at one time.
Do not give Levothyroxine to any pets other than whom it has been prescribed for. Uses:
This medication supplements hypothyroid pets with thyroid hormone that they cannot make on their own. Possible Side Effects:
Levothyroxine is generally well tolerated when it is given at the correct dose.
Levothyroxine can cause an allergic reaction in some pets but this is rare. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include swelling, pale mucous membranes, shock, vomiting, and diarrhea.
If your pet seems sick in any way after taking Levothyroxine, call your veterinarian immediately. Drug and Food Interactions:
Discuss all medications and supplements your pet is taking with your veterinarian before giving Levothyroxine. Some interactions may occur with epinephrine, norepinephrine, insulin, estrogens, warfarin, or digoxin. Other interactions are also possible. Precautions:
Do not use in animals with a known allergy to Levothyroxine.
Caution should be used older or debilitated animals and in pets with heart disease, high blood pressure, Addison's disease (hypoadrenocorticism), or diabetes.
Do not use in animals with hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid gland). Storage:
Store at room temperature out of reach from children and pets. A prescription from your veterinarian is required to purchase Levothyroxine.