Proper Use

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This medicine usually needs to be taken for life. Do not stop taking this medicine or change your doses without first checking with your doctor. It may take several weeks before you start to notice an improvement in your symptoms .

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For oral dosage form (tablet):
    • For the treatment of hypothyroidism:
      • Adults—At first, 30 milligrams (mg) once a day. Then, your doctor may increase your dose a little at a time up to the usual maintenance dose of 60 to 120 mg a day. A lower starting dose of 15 mg/day may be given to patients for certain conditions.
      • Children 0 to 6 months of age—The dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. The usual dose is 15 to 30 mg once a day.
      • Children 6 to 12 months of age—The dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. The usual dose is 30 to 45 mg once a day.
      • Children 1 to 5 years of age—The dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. The usual dose is 45 to 60 mg once a day.
      • Children 6 to 12 years of age—The dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. The usual dose is 60 to 90 mg once a day.
      • Children over 12 years of age—The dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. The usual dose is over 90 mg once a day .

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

Keep out of the reach of children.