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Moderate. These medicines may cause some risk when taken together. Contact your healthcare professional (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) for more information.
How the interaction occurs:
Rifampin may increase the amount of levothyroxine in your body.
What might happen:
Your medication may have an increased effect on your body. Signs and symptoms to look for include: weight loss, rapid heartbeat, nervousness, sweating, tremor, fatigue, and difficulty sleeping.
What you should do about this interaction:
Let your healthcare professionals (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) know that you are taking these medicines together.Your healthcare professionals may already be aware of this interaction and may be monitoring you for it. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.
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