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  • Generic Name: (thyroid)
    Other Brands: N/A
  • Last Revised: 12/2014
    • What is this medication and its most common uses?

      WP Thyroid is a medicine used to treat hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid gland). It is also used to treat or prevent certain other thyroid conditions such as goiter (an enlarged thyroid gland); inflammation of the thyroid gland; thyroid hormone deficiency due to surgery, radiation, or certain medications; or for the management of certain thyroid cancers. WP Thyroid can also be used as a diagnostic agent by your healthcare provider.

    • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

      How does this medication work?

      Hypothyroidism: When you have hypothyroidism, your thyroid gland does not make enough thyroid hormone. WP Thyroid works by replacing your thyroid hormone, helping to restore the balance in your body.

      Diagnosis of mild hyperthyroidism or thyroid gland autonomy: When you have mild hyperthyroidism, your thyroid gland should decrease the production of thyroid hormone when you take WP Thyroid. If it does not, your healthcare provider may diagnose you with a thyroid condition.

      What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

      What: By restoring your thyroid hormone balance, WP Thyroid helps to relieve your symptoms associated with low thyroid levels.

      When: It may take several weeks for your thyroid levels to become normal. Though you may not feel an improvement or change in the way you feel, it is very important to keep taking your medicine as prescribed to keep your condition under control.

      How do I know it is working?

      Your healthcare provider may order tests regularly to check how well this medication is working.

    • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

      The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

      More common side effects may include: chest pain, increased heart rate, fluttery or throbbing heartbeat, sweating, heat intolerance, nervousness.

      Less common side effects may include:

      WP Thyroid may temporarily cause partial hair loss in children during the first few months of treatment.

    • Who should not take this medication?

      Do not take WP Thyroid if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

      Do not take WP Thyroid if you have adrenal insufficiency (a disorder where the body does not make enough of certain hormones) or increased thyroid hormones that are untreated.

      Do not take WP Thyroid to treat obesity or weight loss.

    • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

      Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with WP Thyroid. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have diabetes, heart disease, or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What is the usual dosage?

      The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

      Adults and children: Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate dose for you or your child based on the age, weight, and condition. Your healthcare provider may increase your dose as needed, until the desired effect is achieved.

    • How should I take this medication?

      Take WP Thyroid exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking WP Thyroid without first talking to your healthcare provider.

      Certain medicines, supplements, and even foods can interfere with the way your body absorbs WP Thyroid. An example is cholesterol-lowering medicines (such as cholestyramine or colestipol). It is best to take WP Thyroid 4 to 5 hours before or after taking these.

    • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

      Do not miss any scheduled follow-up appointments with your healthcare provider.

    • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

      If WP Thyroid is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining WP Thyroid with the following: birth control pills, blood thinners (such as warfarin), cholestyramine, colestipol, diabetes medicines (such as insulin), or estrogens.

    • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

      You can continue taking WP Thyroid during pregnancy. However, a dose adjustment may be necessary. Small amounts of WP Thyroid are excreted in your breast milk. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

      If you miss a dose of WP Thyroid, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

    • How should I store this medication?

      Store at room temperature.

    • Who should I contact in case of emergency or overdose?
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      In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
      National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222

      This PDR+ drug information has been developed by the Physicians’ Desk Reference Network (PDRN), a source of medication information trusted by doctors for over 65 years.

      This monograph summarizes the most important information about your medication and does not cover all the information you may need. If you have any questions or concerns or want to learn more about your medication, ask your healthcare provider; he/she will be able to provide answers to your questions. This medication should only be used by the patient for whom it was prescribed and should not be shared with other people.
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