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Levothyroxine And Calcium

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Levothyroxine is one of the most commonly prescribed medications. It is given as either physiologic replacement therapy in patients with hypothyroidism or as interventional therapy to suppress thyroid - stimulating hormone secretion in patients with nodular thyroid disease or thyroid cancer. Patients treated with L - T 4 suppressive therapy might be at increased risk for osteoporosis. Because of this, patients are encouraged to take Calcium supplement, such as Calcium carbonate. 1 Calcium supplementation is especially important for preventing or treating osteoporosis in post - menopausal women. However, several conditions or drugs might alter L - T 4 requirements for both replacement and interventional therapy. 2 We report case of clinically significant interaction between L - T 4 and Calcium carbonate.

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Introduction

The main job of thyroid gland is to produce hormones T4 and T3. To do this, thyroid gland has to take the form of iodine from the bloodstream into the thyroid gland itself. This substance then undergoes a number of different chemical reactions which result in production of T3 and T4. Activity of the thyroid is controlled by hormones produced by two parts of the brain - the hypothalamus and pituitary gland. The Hypothalamus receives input from the body about the state of many different bodily functions. When the hypothalamus senses that levels of T3 and T4 are low, or that the body's metabolic rate is low, it releases a hormone called thyrotropin - releasing hormone. Trh travels to the pituitary gland via connecting blood vessels. Trh stimulates the pituitary gland to release thyroid - stimulating hormone. Tsh is released from the pituitary gland into the bloodstream and travels to the thyroid gland. Here, TSH causes cells within the thyroid gland to make more T3 and T4. T3 and T4 are then released into the bloodstream where they increase metabolic activity in the body's cells. High levels of T3 stop the hypothalamus and pituitary gland from secreting more of their hormones. In turn, this stops thyroid gland producing T3 and T4. This system ensure that T3 and T4 should only be made when their levels are too low. Calcitonin is released by the thyroid gland if the amount of calcium in the bloodstream is high. Calcitonin decreases the amount of calcium and phosphorus in the blood. It does this by slowing activity of cells found in bone, called osteoclasts. These cells cause calcium to be released as they clean the bone. Calcitonin also accelerates the amount of calcium and phosphorus taken up by bone. Calcitonin works together with parathyroid hormone to regulate calcium levels.

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Case description

Thyroid medication levothyroxine is used to treat hypothyroidism, endocrine disorder resulting from thyroid homone deficiency that affects about 4. 6 percent of the US population. Medication is used to replace missing or deficient amount of thyroid hormone. The number of prescriptions for levothyroxine filled each yearmore than 75 million US prescriptions in 2007, making it one of mostprescribed drugs in the country. Unfortunately, use of other medications while taking levothyroxine could have one of several kinds of unintended results: some drugs may interact with levothyroxine by thwarting absorption of this thyroid drug. This effect can be avoided by taking thyroxine considerably before or, in some cases, after other drug. That allows levothyroxine to get absorbed without interacting with a second drug. Antacids are often used to treat heartburn and other intestinal distress, including calcium products such as TUMS or ROLAIDS and other antacids, may have absorption - inhibiting effects on thyroid medications. People should take levothyroxine four to six hours before or after taking these antacids. Iron supplements have been shown to reduce the effect of levothyroxine on some people, although the effect is highly variable from one person to another. Other iron preparations may also have similar effects. Again, we advise taking levothyroxine four to six hours before or after iron. Sucralfate, used to treat ulcers and other gastrointestinal diseases, appears to inhibit absorption of levothyroxine. Trials found that this interaction was avoided when thyroid drug was given eight hours after sucralfate. Sevelamer, which is Use to reduce excessive blood phosphate in persons with severe chronic kidney disease, also interferes with absorption of levothyroxine. Separating doses of two types of drugs by at least four to six hours is likely to avert interaction. Cholestyramine lowers cholesterol by increasing conversion of cholesterol to bile acids. But it also tends to reduce levothyroxine absorption and effect. Similar agents such as colestipol and cholesevelam may have the same effect, although there is not as much evidence for this. We recommend separating all of these medications, known as bile acid binders, from taking levothyroxine for at least four to six hours. The antibiotic ciprofloxacin was associated with reduced levothyroxine effect in case reports, but more information is needed to establish whether interaction occurs. Until more information is available, it would be prudent to separate doses of ciprofloxacin from those of levothyroxine by at least four hours. The same precaution should apply to other antibiotics in the same class, such as levofloxacin, lomefloxacin, monifloxacin, norfloxacin, and ofloxacin. Raloxifene, used to treat osteoporosis, may reduce absorption of levothyroxine, although evidence to date is not sufficient to establish the extent of interaction. In one case, separating two drugs by 12 hours appears to avert interaction. Enzyme inducers stimulate production of enzymes, which in turn increase levothyroxine in the body.


About Thyroid and Parathyroid Disorders

Thyroid disorders typically occur when the thyroid gland releases too many or too few hormones. Imbalance of this kind can create disturbance in functions that regulate how the body metabolizes proteins, fats and carbohydrates as well as in how it uses energy, consumes oxygen and produces heat. Production of thyroid hormone by the thyroid gland is regulated by another hormone that is made by the pituitary gland, small gland in the base of your brain. Pituitary and thyroid glands work together to produce the right amount of thyroid hormones for the body. If too little thyroid hormone is produce, people are considered hypothyroid; if thyroid hormone is produced in excess, they are diagnosed as hyperthyroid. Parathyroid disorders develop when parathyroid glands release inappropriate levels of PTH hormone, which controls calcium levels in the body. Hyperparathyroidism is a condition caused by higher than normal calcium levels and can lead to negative effects like osteoporosis, kidney stones, chronic fatigue and others. The opposite problem, hypoparathyroidism, occurs when parathyroid glands do not produce enough PTH, leading to low blood calcium levels and adversely affecting muscles, nerves and other functions.

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Discussion

Thyroid hormones have been reported to increase urinary loss of calcium. However, recent research suggests that, under most circumstances, taking thyroid hormones may not be associated with reduced bone density. Calcium supplementation for people taking long - term thyroid medication has not yet been proven to be either helpful or necessary. Simultaneous ingestion of some calcium formulations with levothyroxine has been reported to reduce the effectiveness of levothyroxine. For example, 1 200 mg per day of calcium as calcium carbonate, taken along with levothyroxine, significantly reduces absorption of thyroid hormone. Calcium citrate and calcium acetate have also been shown to decrease levothyroxine absorption. Levothyroxine absorption will not be blocked if it is taken in morning and calcium is taken after lunch and dinner. Separating these medications by at least four hours is recommend. Iron deficiency has been reported to impair the body's ability to make its own thyroid hormones, which could increase the need for thyroid medication. In preliminary trial, iron supplementation given to iron - deficient women with low blood levels of thyroid hormones, partially normalized these levels. Diagnosing iron deficiency requires the help of a doctor. The body's ability to make its own thyroid hormones is also reduced during low - calorie dieting. Iron supplementation was reported in a controlled study to help maintain normal thyroid hormone levels in obese patients despite a very low - calorie diet. However, iron supplements may decrease absorption of thyroid hormone medications. People taking thyroid hormone medications should talk with their doctor before taking iron - containing products. If advised to supplement, iron and drug should not be taken within less than four hours of each other. A normal stomach produces hydrochloric acid, which influences absorption of thyroid hormones. Research has shown that taking drugs that inhibit production of stomach acid reduces absorption of thyroid hormones. Conversely, people with low stomach acid who take betaine hydrochloride for acid - replacement therapy would expect to have an increase in their absorption of thyroid hormones. For that reason, people taking thyroid hormones should not take betaine hydrochloride without the supervision of a doctor, who can determine whether a change in thyroid hormone dose is necessary.

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Food Sources of Calcium

A 2018 study found that subjects who took levothyroxine and drank 12 ounces of 2 percent milk at the same time had significantly lower levels of thyroid medication in their blood than those who took drug without milk. This suggests that if you are taking levothyroxine to treat underactive thyroid, you should be as careful about eating or drinking foods and beverages that contain significant amounts of calcium as you are with taking calcium supplements. This doesn't mean, of course, that you should cut back on calcium: Most adults need around 1 000 to 1 200 milligrams each day. Since it's always better to get nutrients from foods rather than supplements, this means including not only milk in your diet but also other dairy products; dark green leafy vegetables like collards and kale; fish with edible soft bones, such as sardines and canned salmon; and calcium - fortified foods and beverages including soy products, cereal and fruit juices, and milk substitutes.

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