Nature-Throid Warnings and Precautions
There are many important Nature-Throid warnings and precautions to be aware of before starting treatment. For example, tell your healthcare provider if you have diabetes, adrenal insufficiency, or any heart problems before starting Nature-Throid. Warnings and precautions also include the safety of taking the medication if you do not have a documented thyroid problem or have a low level of thyroid-stimulating hormone.
Nature-Throid: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Nature-Throid™ (thyroid USP) if you have:
- Adrenal insufficiency
- Any heart problems, including a recent heart attack
- An overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Nature-Throid Warnings and Precautions
Warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Nature-Throid include the following:
- The medication can make heart problems worse. If you have heart problems, your healthcare provider should start you at a low Nature-Throid dosage and slowly increase it. If you notice your heart symptoms becoming worse while taking the drug, let your healthcare provider know right away.
- People who do not have documented thyroid problems should never use Nature-Throid to lose weight (or for any other reason). A dose that is high enough to cause weight loss in such people is often high enough to cause serious or even life-threatening side effects. Your healthcare provider cannot diagnose a thyroid problem based solely on symptoms (without doing any blood tests), although some unscrupulous healthcare providers may do so.
- Nature-Throid is made from pig thyroid glands. This is important if you have a pork allergy or do not consume pork for religious reasons.
- The medication should not be used to treat goiters or thyroid nodules in people who have a low level of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), as it could cause dangerous side effects. A low TSH level signals that thyroid hormone levels are already high, and adding Nature-Throid could cause them to increase to a dangerous level. Even if the TSH level is normal, frequent monitoring is required to make sure problems do not develop.
- It often takes Nature-Throid several weeks to start working. Try not to get frustrated if you are not feeling better more quickly.
- If you have diabetes, it is a good idea to check your blood sugar more often when starting or stopping Nature-Throid or when changing your dose, as the medication can affect your blood sugar.
- Nature-Throid can potentially interact with many other medications (see Nature-Throid Drug Interactions).
- Nature-Throid is considered a pregnancy Category A medication. This means that it is safe for use during pregnancy (see Nature-Throid and Pregnancy).
- The medication does pass through breast milk in humans, although it is not likely to cause problems. However, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking Nature-Throid (see Nature-Throid and Breastfeeding).