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MEDICATIONS

Hyperthyroidism/OveractiveThyroid

Your treating thyroid specialist will prescribe a dose of Neo-Mercazole or PTU to treat your condition and will monitor your thyroid response through pathology tests.

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Hypothyroidism/Under Active Thyroid

As of 2022, Australia now has four brands of Levothyroxine replacement hormone available for prescription; Oroxine, Eutroxsig, Eltroxin & Levoxine.

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Levothyroxine Replacement Hormone (Formerly known as Thyroxine Replacement Hormone)

Levothyroxine (Oroxine/Eutroxsig/Eltroxin/Levoxine) is prescribed for patients who have had a total thyroidectomy or who suffer from an under-active thyroid gland, (hypothyroidism).  Also as a result of a hemi-thyroidectomy, radioactive iodine or due to hypothyroidism.

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Oroxine / Eutroxsig 

Oroxine/Eutroxsig are synthetic forms of the hormone Levothyroxine (T4).  It is the closest form of thyroxine hormone to what a healthy thyroid gland produces.

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Eltroxin 

Eltroxin is a synthetic form of the hormone Levothyroxine (T4).  It is the closest form of thyroxine hormone to what a healthy thyroid gland produces.

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Levoxine 

Levoxine is a synthetic form of the hormone Levothyroxine (T4).  It is the closest form of thyroxine hormone to what a healthy thyroid gland produces.

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Tertroxin (Liothyronine sodium) 

Tertroxin is a synthetic form of "liothyronine" (T3), which is a naturally occurring thyroid hormone, produced by the thyroid gland.

Levothyroxine – thyroid hormone replacement (T4) medication breaks down into Liothyronine (T3) once it absorbs after ingesting. 

Tertroxin is usually prescribed, after very careful consideration, by a thyroid treating specialist (Endocrinologist) who will determine if it will benefit the patient.  It can be prescribed to take with Levothyroxine (T4) medication or alone.  Please seek advice from an Endocrinologist who will monitor your pathology results regularly whilst taking Tertroxin.

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Desiccated Thyroid Extract

The Australian Thyroid Foundation Ltd. (ATF) only supports evidence based mainstream medications and does not encourage patients to take any alternative formula of Desiccated Thyroid Extract, such as Armour desiccated preparation nor other compounded Levothyroxine and Triiodothyronine (T4 and T3) combination preparations.

Desiccated Thyroid Extract is imported into Australia. It is produced from dried animal thyroid glands, usually from pig.  Patients should be aware of precautions when taking this medication.  

The Department of Health - Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) do not categorise Desiccated Thyroid Extract as a recommended prescribed medication. The Endocrine Society of Australia does not endorse this formula for treatment of hypothyroidism.

Patient choice to use this formula is the patient’s decision after all known information and education has been evaluated. Quality control certificates are not provided to confirm any variances of product ingredient or dose stability of each batch dispensed.


Neo-Mercazole / Carbimazole / PTU - information

Your treating thyroid specialist will prescribe a dose of Neo-Mercazole or PTU to treat your condition and will monitor your thyroid response through pathology tests.

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QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR DOCTOR

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ADVERSE EVENTS ('SIDE EFFECTS') REPORTING SURVEY

Australian Government Health Department

Investigation of adverse event ('side effect') reports is an important way that the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) monitors the safety of medicines and vaccines used in Australia.

If you believe you have had a 'Side Effect' or 'Adverse Event'  from a prescribed medication or treatment, please register on the link below with the Australian Government Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)

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