Synthroid (Levothyroxine) is an easy drug to figure out by name. If you look at the word, synthetic and thyroid come to mind. That is how you get Synthroid. So as you have figured out right now, it is a synthetic hormone to help regulate your thyroid gland. Your thyroid helps regulate your metabolism of fats, carbohydrates and vitamins through the use of the hormone thyroxine. This hormone acts as a gas pedal for your body’s metabolism. So by now you are thinking that the answer to weight gain has been solved. Not true and I will explain later.
I have personal experience with the Synthroid during my wife’s pregnancy. First let me say that the amount of blood work performed was incredible, but very important to figure out hormonal levels. The one thing that I never knew is that thyroid problems can lead to miscarriages. It turns out that an overactive thyroid condition can produce children with developmental disabilities.
My wife used Synthroid to control the thyroxine hormone levels. I can see it in your eyes, how can this be if it acts like a gas pedal for your metabolism? Well, Synthroid acts like a counter balance for your thyroid. Your body regulates hormone levels with thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). With Synthroid, your body detects extra hormones which in turns reduce the amount of TSH. Less TSH will slow down your thyroid’s production of thyroxine and it goes back to normal. The reverse is also true if you suffer from hypothyroidism (too little hormone).
Synthroid Side Effects
Synthroid is very close to the natural hormone found in our bodies. It is well absorbed by the body and has side effects. Synthroid side effects include heart palpitations, abdominal pain, anxiousness, shortness of breath, swelling of the face and tongue, fever, high blood pressure, insomnia and hair loss.
Now before you go ordering a prescription of Synthroid for weight loss, keep this in mind: It still acts like a gas pedal on your metabolism. Before you say awesome, you have to know that your heart rate increases, blood flow, appetite, core temperature, increase risk of osteoporosis and an increase risk of death. Yes, death. Too much Synthroid in your body can kill you. Weight lifters are known to have used Synthroid during training to enhance weight loss. For you couch potatoes, you can’t claim to have a thyroid problem as to why you gain weight.
Synthroid Drug Interactions
There are foods and other drugs that interfere with the ability of the body to absorb Synthroid. Let’s start with calcium and iron supplements as well as soy. These reduce the ability of the body to absorb the hormone. Grapefruit and antacids also reduce the absorption of Synthroid.
Metformin interferes with Synthroid and makes glucose control (diabetes) worse. If you use drugs that control cholesterol such as Simvastatin, they reduce the ability of the hormone to work. If you are on tetracyclic antidepressants such as Amoxapine (Asendin) or Mirtazapine (Remeron), Synthroid becomes toxic to your body. Then if you use the illegal substance Ketamine, your blood pressure goes through the roof with a very fast heart beat. So like life, Synthroid must be used in moderation to regulate the natural metabolic process.
Be honest, have you used Synthroid for weight loss?