Thyroid

Your thyroid produces hormones that are used throughout your whole body. If the amount of hormones being produced is not at the right level issues will arise.

Prescription Thyroid Medications

Our pharmacy stock the most commonly prescribed thyroid medications. 

Prescription Pricing Information

A valid prescription is required before we supply any prescription medications. For tablets & capsules, a one month supply is 28 days. All of our prices are for generic versions of the medications listed. For branded products, please contact us for prices.

Medicines for under active thyroid

Levothyroxine

Eltroxin

Also known as T4, levothyroxine is taken to replenish low levels of thyroid hormone in your system

1 month
€6
€6 / mo
3 month
€13
€4.33 / mo
6 month
€22
€3.66 / mo

About Thyroid

Underactive Thyroid

An underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) is where your thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones.

Symptoms of an Underactive Thyroid

Symptoms may develop slowly and are similar to those of other medical conditions so it can be difficult to know what is wrong.

  • Tiredness
  • Weight gain
  • Depression
  • Constipation
  • Increased sensitivity to cold
  • Muscle cramps
  • Dry skin
  • Thinning hair
  • Slow heart rate
  • Irregular or heavy periods
  • Hoarsness
  • Puffy face

Causes of an Underactive Thyroid

In most cases, an underactive thyroid is the result of an autoimmune disease or as a result of damage from treatment for an overactive thyroid or thyroid cancer.

Underactive Thyroid Diagnosis & Treatments 

Your doctor will perform a thyroid function blood test on you to determine your hormone levels.

The usual treatment hormone replacement tablet called Levothyroxine. The dosage is calculated using your results of the thyroid function blood test.

Overactive Thyroid

An overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism or thyrotoxicosis) is where the thyroid gland produces too much of the thyroid hormone.

Symptoms of an Overactive Thyroid

Symptoms are similar to those of other medical conditions so it can be difficult to know what is wrong.

  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Sweating
  • Anxiety, nervousness & irittability
  • Sensitivity to heat
  • Tremor
  • Muscle weakness
  • Changes in menstrual patterns
  • Diarrhea
  • Needing to pee more than usual

Causes of an Overactive Thyroid

An overactive thyroid can be caused by thyroid cancer, Graves’ disease, thyroiditis, Plummer’s disease or by an increased level of iodine in your body.

Overactive Thyroid Diagnosis & Treatments 

Your doctor can diagnosis by:

  • blood test
  • physical examination
  • Imaging test

The best treatment for you depends on your age, physical condition, the underlying cause of the hyperthyroidism, personal preference and the severity of your disorder.

Treatment options include:

  • Radioactive iodine
  • Medicines called thionamides
  • Surgery to remove part of the thyroid (less common)

Low-Iodine Diet

The Low-Iodine Diet (LID) is a short-term diet that most doctors recommend to patients before getting radioactive iodine therapy to help the therapy work best. 

People normally start 1 to 2 weeks before their dose of radioactive iodine and stop after their radioactive iodine therapy is completed.

High-Iodine Foods to Avoid

Always read the nutritional information before you eat or drink to check if they contain iodine.

  • Iodized salt
  • Seafood including fish, seaweed, sushi & shellfish
  • Egg yolks
  • Foods that contain the additive carrageen, agar-agar, alginate, or nori
  • Milk or other dairy products 
  • Store-bought breads and bakery products made with iodate bread conditioners
  • Vitamins and dietary supplements containing iodine
  • Soy products
  • FD&C red dye #3 

Foods to Include

  • Non-Iodized salt
  • Vegetables
  • Egg whites
  • Unprocessed meats
  • Soft drinks, tea & coffee
  • Pasta & rice
  • Fruit
  • Dark non-dairy chocolate
  • Vegetable oil
  • Non-salted nuts

Switching to Healthwave

Your prescription

To start using Healthwave for prescriptions we’ll need your prescription sent to us. Prescriptions can now be sent electronically by your hospital, GP or online doctor.

Doctors and pharmacies now use a system called Healthmail to exchange prescriptions digitally.

Our Healthmail address is healthwave.dundrum@healthwave.ie

Creating your order

If you have a prescription with us, the quickest way to place an order is to use our digital assistant. The assistant will collect your details for our pharmacists to review. Our pharmacists will contact you and arrange delivery. You will then receive a payment link where you can securely pay online.

 

Creating your order

If you have a prescription with us, the quickest way to place an order is to use our digital assistant. The assistant will collect your details for our pharmacists to review. Our pharmacists will contact you and arrange delivery. You will then receive a payment link where you can securely pay online.

Nationwide Delivery

We deliver to all addresses in The Republic of Ireland, to both home and work/office locations. Once we have your prescription from your GP, your medications will be checked by our pharmacists and dispatched for delivery in 1-2 days. We cannot ship prescription medications outside of Ireland due to regulations.

Discrete Packaging

All of our medication orders are sent in discreet packaging without any Healthwave branding on the outside. We use double walled cardboard boxes to protect your medications as well as specialised cold-chain packaging for fridge items.

Pharmacists at hand

With Healthwave, you have your very own personal pharmacist in your pocket. If you need any help or advice on your medications, our team of pharmacists is available by phone call, text message and email whenever you need.

Help & Support

The Irish Cancer Society is a great resource where you will find helpful information and support.
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