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Losing Weight While on Synthroid

By Jacques Courseault ; Updated June 13, 2017

Synthroid, or levothyroxine, is a medication commonly given to treat hypothyroidism, according to Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid does not adequately produce thyroid hormone, says Medline Plus, a National Institutes of Health website. Thyroid hormone is instrumental in controlling metabolism, and low levels can result in weight gain. Therefore, Synthroid supplementation should help you lose weight.

  1. Schedule an appointment with your primary care physician or endocrinologist to determine if you have low thyroid hormone levels. Make sure your physician determines the cause of low thyroid levels. If the thyroid gland is not producing thyroid hormone, he will likely prescribe Synthroid.

  2. Take prescribed Synthroid as recommended by your physician. Do not miss taking a dose. Let your doctor know if you experience any side effects.

  3. Monitor your weight while taking Synthroid. Record your weight at the same time every morning or evening to make sure your daily weights are accurate. Also be sure to urinate before each weigh in. Schedule a follow-up appointment with your physician if you are not losing weight while taking Synthroid.

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