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LEVOXYL® (levothyroxine sodium) Adverse Reactions

6 ADVERSE REACTIONS

Common adverse reactions with LEVOXYL therapy are primarily those of hyperthyroidism due to therapeutic overdosage [see Warnings and Precautions (5.4), Overdosage (10)]. They include the following:

General: fatigue, increased appetite, weight loss, heat intolerance, fever, excessive sweating

Central nervous system: headache, hyperactivity, nervousness, anxiety, irritability, emotional lability, insomnia

Musculoskeletal: tremors, muscle weakness and cramps

Cardiovascular: palpitations, tachycardia, arrhythmias, increased pulse and blood pressure, heart failure, angina, myocardial infarction, cardiac arrest

Respiratory: dyspnea

Gastrointestinal: diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, elevations in liver function tests

Dermatologic: hair loss, flushing

Endocrine: decreased bone mineral density

Reproductive: menstrual irregularities, impaired fertility

Seizures have been reported rarely with levothyroxine therapy.

Adverse Reactions in Pediatric Patients

Pseudotumor cerebri and slipped capital femoral epiphysis have been reported in pediatric patients receiving levothyroxine therapy. Overtreatment may result in craniosynostosis in infants and premature closure of the epiphysis in pediatric patients with resultant compromised adult height.

Hypersensitivity Reactions

Hypersensitivity reactions to inactive ingredients have occurred in patients treated with thyroid hormone products. These include urticaria, pruritus, skin rash, flushing, angioedema, various gastrointestinal symptoms (abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea), fever, arthralgia, serum sickness and wheezing. Hypersensitivity to levothyroxine itself is not known to occur.

Choking and Gagging on LEVOXYL Tablets

There have been reports of choking, gagging, tablet stuck in throat, and dysphagia with LEVOXYL tablets, predominately when LEVOXYL tablets were not taken with water [see Dosage and Administration (2.1)].

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