UNITHROID—hypothyroidism therapy that

Works on Many Levels

Works on Many Levels

Managing hypothyroidism means achieving normal thyrotropin-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels. But your doctor may consider other factors—and your specific needs—when selecting a treatment.

Your prescription for UNITHROID provides:

  • Affordable treatment with a $3 Co-Pay on 30 day prescriptions for most commercially insured patients
  • Consistent medication you can depend on,
    refill after refill
  • High-quality therapy that people with hypothyroidism have been relying on since 2000

Understanding UNITHROID

Replacing a Critical Hormone

Replacing a Critical Hormone

UNITHROID is a treatment that is prescribed for people who have hypothyroidism. Having hypothyroidism means that your thyroid gland (located right below your adam's apple) does not make enough of a hormone or chemical called thyroxine, which your body needs to function properly. Your doctor can diagnose hypothyroidism by testing your thyrotropin-stimulating hormone (TSH) level.

UNITHROID contains a synthetic version of thyroxine called levothyroxine, which may help restore your body's hormonal balance and get your TSH level where it needs to be. Your doctor will work with you to determine the exact dose of UNITHROID you need to help keep your hormone levels within an acceptable range.

If your doctor has started you on therapy with UNITHROID, keep in mind that it may take between 4 and 6 weeks before you notice an improvement in your symptoms.
UNITHROID should never be used as a
treatment for:
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Obesity
  • Weight loss
  • Infertility (unless it is related to hypothyroidism)

UNITHROID is 100% gluten free. However, you should not take UNITHROID if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.

Managing Hypothyroidism

Keeping Your Therapy
Finely Tuned

Hypothyroidism is a common condition that millions of people live with every day. The effects of hypothyroidism can be serious, but with treatments like UNITHROID, hypothyroidism can be successfully managed. Treatment will usually continue for your entire life because your body will always need a replacement for the thyroxine hormone that it is lacking. Managing your hypothyroidism with UNITHROID generally involves taking a single tablet every day, along with following any additional health advice your doctor may provide you.

It is important for your doctor to ensure that the dosage of UNITHROID is adjusted to meet your body's specific needs. When you begin treatment, your doctor will continue to regularly monitor your levels of thyrotropin-stimulating hormone (TSH). Your TSH levels help indicate how much thyroxine your body is producing. Your doctor will determine whether your dosage of UNITHROID needs to be adjusted based on your TSH test results.

As your treatment with UNITHROID progresses, your doctor will likely test your TSH levels:

  • Every 6 to 8 weeks until your TSH levels have normalized
  • Every 8 to 12 weeks after your doctor sees that your TSH levels are remaining within an acceptable range
    • Your doctor may also decide to test your TSH levels 8 to 12 weeks after changing your dosage
  • Every 6 to 12 months once your doctor is confident that you are receiving the optimum dose of UNITHROID


Guidelines for Properly Taking Your Medication

It's important to always follow these guidelines when taking UNITHROID:

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    Take UNITHROID in the morning on an empty stomach, between 30 to 60 minutes before any food is eaten
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    After you take UNITHROID, wait at least 4 hours before you take any medicine that may affect UNITHROID absorption (see below)

Certain medications can affect how UNITHROID works. Let your doctor know about any prescription or over-the-counter medications you are taking. You should also tell your doctor if you start or stop taking other medications while taking UNITHROID.

Foods and Medications That May Affect Absorption

A number of medications and foods can prevent UNITHROID from being absorbed by your body and working correctly. These include:
  • Antacid medications
  • Iron and calcium supplements
  • Dietary fiber
  • Cottonseed meal
  • Soybean flour
  • Walnuts

Talk to your doctor to see if there are any other medications or foods that you should avoid while taking UNITHROID.

Keeping Consistent

Make Sure It's Always UNITHROID

When treating your hypothyroidism, consistency is important. While your doctor may write "UNITHROID" on your prescription, your pharmacy could substitute another treatment—usually a generic medication—depending on your state laws and insurer. And there is no guarantee that you will always receive a substitute that is made by the same company every time.

If your doctor wants you to specifically receive UNITHROID, he or she may need to indicate on your prescription that substitutions are not permitted by writing "Dispense as Written," "DAW," or meeting other prescription requirements based on your state's laws. When you are prescribed UNITHROID, it is important to check your medication to make sure you specifically received UNITHROID before leaving the pharmacy.

How You Can Know It's UNITHROID

If your doctor has prescribed UNITHROID, these tips will help ensure that you leave the pharmacy with the right medication:

  • Tell the pharmacist you specifically want UNITHROID
  • Check that the medication bottle says UNITHROID
  • Make sure your tablets are round with a "JSP" stamp on one side and an ID number that correlates to a specific dosage strength on the other side
  • If you receive a different medication, tell the pharmacist you cannot accept a substitute because your doctor has specifically prescribed UNITHROID for you
  • Ask the pharmacist to note that all future refills should be for UNITHROID only
  • 25 mcg 25 mcg
  • 125 mcg 125 mcg
  • 50 mcg 50 mcg
  • 137 mcg 137 mcg
  • 75 mcg 75 mcg
  • 150 mcg 150 mcg
  • 88 mcg 88 mcg
  • 175 mcg 175 mcg
  • 100 mcg 100 mcg
  • 200 mcg 200 mcg
  • 112 mcg 112 mcg
  • 300 mcg 300 mcg

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Safety Overview

Potential Side Effects of UNITHROID

UNITHROID, like all medications for hypothyroidism, may cause side effects. Side effects are usually experienced when someone receives a dosage strength that is too high (too much levothyroxine), which is called overtreatment. If this happens, it may cause symptoms of hyperthyroidism—the opposite of hypothyroidism. If your dosage is too high, it needs to be corrected right away. Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of these symptoms:

This is not a list of every symptom you could experience from levothyroxine overtreatment. Talk to your doctor for more information about other possible symptoms or to ask questions about your therapy.

Symptoms of Undertreatment

If your dosage of UNITHROID is too low, your body will not receive enough levothyroxine to replace the thyroxine that it is lacking. This is called undertreatment. Usually undertreatment will cause you to continue to experience your hypothyroidism symptoms. Be sure to tell your doctor if your hypothyroidism symptoms do not begin to improve 4 to 6 weeks after beginning treatment with UNITHROID.