thyroxine sodium tablets
Consumer Medicine Information
This leaflet answers some common questions about EUTROXSIG tablets.
It does not contain all the available information about the medicine.
It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking EUTROXSIG against the benefits they expect it will have.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns about taking this medicine.
Keep this leaflet with the medicine. You may need to read it again.
EUTROXSIG is available in tablets of four different strengths: 50 micrograms, 75 micrograms, 100 micrograms and 200 micrograms.
The active ingredient in EUTROXSIG is thyroxine sodium, which is a thyroid hormone. It is used as replacement therapy in the treatment of thyroid hormone deficiency.
EUTROXSIG is used to treat:
For these conditions to be treated, patients need a supply of thyroid hormones in their body. EUTROXSIG replaces the shortage of thyroid hormones.
Use EUTROXSIG only as directed. Your doctor may have prescribed the medicine for another condition.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why it has been prescribed for you. This medicine is only available with a doctor’s prescription.
Do not take EUTROXSIG if you are allergic to:
Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction to EUTROXSIG may include red, itchy skin rashes; difficulty in breathing; swelling of the face or throat or faintness.
Do not use it after the expiry date (EXP.) printed on the pack. If you take the medicine after the expiry date has passed, it may not work as well.
Do not take it if the packaging shows signs of tampering.
Tell your doctor if:
If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you start to take any EUTROXSIG.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including medicines that you buy without a prescription from a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Some of these medicines may interfere with EUTROXSIG. These include:
These medicines may affect how well EUTROXSIG works or react with it resulting in unwanted or sometimes serious side effects.
This list is not exhaustive. Your doctor or pharmacist has more information on medicines to be careful with or avoid while taking it.
It may take a few weeks for EUTROXSIG to begin working. Until it begins working you may not notice any change in your symptoms.
Follow your doctor's instructions carefully, as they may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
If you do not understand the instructions on the blister, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help.
Carefully follow the dosage instructions, as given by your doctor. The usual starting dose for adults is 25 to 50 micrograms daily. The dose may be increased over time. The average adult maintenance dose is 100 to 150 micrograms. Lower doses are used in the elderly and children. Your doctor will calculate the dose required for you.
Your doctor will monitor your blood tests to make sure EUTROXSIG is working for you.
Do not change your dose of EUTROXSIG unless your doctor tells you to do so.
Swallow EUTROXSIG tablets with a glass of water.
Take EUTROXSIG tablets on an empty stomach, either one hour before food, such as before breakfast, or three hours after any food.
Continue taking EUTROXSIG as long as your doctor recommends it.
If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to.
Otherwise, take your dose as soon as you remember, and then go back to taking it as you would normally.
Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed.
If you are unsure about whether to take your next dose, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
If you have trouble remembering when to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints.
Immediately telephone your doctor or Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26) for advice, or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital, if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much EUTROXSIG. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. Symptoms of overdose include restlessness; vomiting; flushing; breathing difficulties; chest pain; convulsions or paralysis.
Immediately stop taking EUTROXSIG if a skin rash or other allergic reaction occurs.
Use it exactly as your doctor has prescribed.
Tell your doctor if you feel the medicine is not helping your condition.
Visit your doctor regularly. Your doctor needs to check your progress and see whether you need to stop taking EUTROXSIG.
Tell any other doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you are taking EUTROXSIG.
Always discuss with your doctor any problems or difficulties during or after taking the medicine.
If you plan to have surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking EUTROXSIG.
If you are about to start taking any new medicines, remind your doctor and pharmacist that you are taking EUTROXSIG.
Ensure you do not run out of medicine over the weekend or on holidays.
Do not drive or operate machinery where alertness is required, until you know how it affects you.
Do not give this medicine to anyone else, even if his or her symptoms seem similar to yours.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking EUTROXSIG
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
Some people may get other side effects with EUTROXSIG.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if you have any problems while taking EUTROXSIG even if you do not think the problems are connected with this medicine or are not listed in this leaflet.
Do not be alarmed by the above list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.
Store at 2°C to 8°C (Refrigerate. Do not freeze).
Always store tablets in their original blister strips. If you do not keep the tablets in the blister strip they may not keep as well.
Laboratory tests have shown that if not stored correctly, there is a reduction in potency of the active ingredient thyroxine sodium.
A single blister strip can be removed from the carton and stored below 25°C for up to 14 days (2 weeks). After 14 days (2 weeks) of storage below 25 ºC, discard any remaining tablets.
Where unavoidable (e.g. in warm climates where temperatures regularly exceed 25°C), an in-use blister strip may continue to be stored in a refrigerator at 2°C to 8°C (Refrigerate. Do not freeze) for up to 14 days (2 weeks). EUTROXSIG tablets can also be stored in Webster packs for 14 days (2 weeks) below 25°C.
Do not store this medicine or any other medicines in a bathroom or near a sink. Do not leave it in the car or on windowsills. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Do not take EUTROXSIG tablets if the tablet’s colour has changed.
Keep the medicine out of reach of children.
If your doctor tells you to stop taking this medicine or it has passed its expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any left over.
EUTROXSIG tablets are available in blister packs.
Each pack contains 200 tablets.
Each EUTROXSIG tablet contains thyroxine sodium as the active ingredient.
EUTROXSIG tablets are free from gluten, sucrose and azo dyes.
Sponsored in Australia by:
Aspen Pharma Pty Ltd
34-36 Chandos St
St Leonards NSW 2065
Distributed in New Zealand by:
Pharmacy Retailing (NZ) Limited trading as Healthcare Logistics
58 Richard Pearse Drive
Airport Oaks, Auckland.
The Australian Registration Numbers for EUTROXSIG tablets are:
This leaflet was revised in December 2011.
Published by MIMS December 2012