Everyone has a gland located inside the front of their neck which is about the size and shape of a small bow tie. By producing a hormone called thyroxine, this master gland is what controls the body’s metabolism. (Metabolism is the process at which food is used for the growth of tissue or the production of energy.)
If you haven’t guessed by now, that gland is called the Thyroid. And, yes, it is a big deal.
Obviously, the delicate balance of one’s metabolism is critical, which is why the body’s production of thyroxine is kept within strict limits by a complicated ‘negative feedback’ system that involves other hormones. When the speed of metabolism is too fast, the thyroid gets messages telling it to cut back on its production of thyroxine; when it’s too slow, the same hormones tell the thyroid gland to produce more.
There are 20 million people in the US who have some form of thyroid disease. Women are eight times more likely than men to have problems with their thyroid – about one in eight women. If you are a woman over the age of 50, or if you have pernicious anaemia, type 1 diabetes or vitiligo or if there is thyroid disease in your family, then you could be at risk.
Some medicines such as lithium and amiodarone are also associated with hypothyroidism.
If you have several symptoms that fit into either of these categories, ask your doctor about your thyroid. Either of these conditions will respond well to treatment within weeks. Eutirox can help.
Eutirox which is manufactured by Merck, contains Levothyroxine Sodium, a replacement for a hormone normally produced by our thyroid gland to regulate the body’s energy and metabolism.
Equivalent Brand Name in the USA: Synthroid & Levoxyl
Eutirox helps to balance the thyroid and balancing the thyroid hormone will result in:
Eutirox (Levothyroxine) treats hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone).
It is also used to treat or prevent goiter (enlarged thyroid gland).
The most common cause of hypothyroidism is a lack of iodine (one of the components of thyroxine) in the diet. In most of the Western world, however, the main cause is inflammation of the thyroid, often caused by an autoimmune response (in which your body’s immune system turns on itself).
Eutirox is a prescription drug. Inform your doctor if you have an untreated or uncontrolled adrenal gland disorder, a thyroid disorder called thyrotoxicosis, or if you have any recent or current symptoms of a heart attack.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication. Your dosage may need to be adjusted.