Levocrine (Levothyroxine Sodum)
What is Levocrine (Levothyroxine Sodum) used for?
Levocrine contains levothyroxine sodium (L-Thyroxine). Levocrine is used to treat hypothyroidism in dogs. It provides thyroid replacement therapy in all conditions of inadequate production of thyroid hormones.
How should I use Levocrine (Levothyroxine Sodum)?
Start Levocrine at a dosage of 0.1mg (100mcg) per 10lb (4.5kg) of the dog's body weight. This dosage should be taken twice daily. The dog's blood will need to be tested, and dosage changed until a suitable maintenance dose is reached. The maintenance dose is usually about 0.1mg per 10lb (4.5 kg) of body weight once daily.
Levocrine is a chewable tablet that may be combined with the dog's food or administered orally on its own.
What are the side effects of Levocrine (Levothyroxine Sodum)?
When taken at the correct dosage, Levocrine has no reported adverse reactions or side effects. Taking too high a dosage can cause signs and symptoms of thyrotoxicosis (polydipsia, polyuria, polyphagia, reduced heat tolerance and hyperactivity or personality change).
If your dog has thyrotoxicosis, acute myocardial infarction or uncorrected adrenal insufficiency, they are not a suitable candidate for treatment with levothyroxine sodium. The safety of levothyroxine sodium in pregnant dogs has yest to be evaluated. Use levothyroxine sodium with caution in dogs with heart disease or hypertension.