Soloxine (Levothyroxine Sodium)
What is Soloxine (Levothyroxine Sodium) used for?
Soloxine (Levothyroxine Sodium) is an oral medication prescribed to treat dogs with an underactive thyroid gland. The tablets contain man made hormones that boost reduced levothyroxine levels to prevent symptoms such as hair loss, slowed heart rate, or severe fatigue. Your veterinarian may also prescribe this medication for the treatment of other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Soloxine (Levothyroxine Sodium)?
Strictly follow your veterinarian's instructions while using Soloxine (Levothyroxine Sodium) to ensure the safest and most effective results from treatment. The normal dosage is one tablet of the correct dosage administered once or twice each day. The best regimen will be determined by your veterinarian based on your dog's age, weight, health condition, and the severity of its symptoms. These should be administered orally and can be given after a meal to prevent nausea. Always provide plenty of water for your dog following each administration to prevent dehydration as this medication may lead to increased urination. Ask your veterinarian any questions you have about the medicine to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Soloxine (Levothyroxine Sodium)?
Some dogs using Soloxine (Levothyroxine Sodium) may experience side effects such as:
Stop administering the medication and contact your veterinarian as soon as possible if you witness any severe symptoms affecting your dog including fever, personality changes, weight changes, refusal to eat, or signs of an allergic reaction such as severe skin rashes, swelling, or difficulty breathing. These conditions may require lower doses, reduced frequency of administration, or emergency medical attention in serious cases to prevent further health problems from occurring.
Soloxine (Levothyroxine Sodium) is only meant to be administered to dogs and should never be used to treat other animals including humans. Do not use this medication to treat dogs that have ever had thyrotoxicosis or have an uncontrolled adrenal gland problem. Also inform your doctor if your dog has anemia, heart disease, diabetes, a pituitary gland disorder, or an adrenal gland disorder as these conditions may cause unexpected problems requiring adjustments to your regimen.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Soloxine (Levothyroxine Sodium). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.