Levothyroxine generic vs brand

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It is possible, Thyroid meds are funny, what works well for one does not work well for others, I was on (Generic) Levothyroxine for six months and my labs did not budge, then went to Synthroid (brand Name) and had better sucess, my endo claimed that generics were not as consistant as name brand. Pharmacy said they are the same? So the change may have made a difference, some times the fillers they use can cause issues also.
Alot of you posted to me early on about trying a different brand and you were right! I started out on 50mcg generic levo. My doctor wrote levothyroxine and didn't specify a brand on the rx. That entire first week I felt for 8 or 9 hours a day like I was drugged, in a fog like state and I felt a little ill, I would get an overall weak feeling that would come and go for a few minutes at a time throughout the day.
Looking back, I can see that going from the generic to the brand was a good move. The brand I went to was Synthroid. I felt not-so-sluggish after a few weeks, but it did make the top of my head itch. I then had to change brands because of insurance and found the new brand, Levoxyl, made me feel equally okay, plus the itching subsided. It probably would have subsided anyway had I stayed on Synthroid though.
I have no personal experience other than what I've read is the same as what you've read and oftentimes the endo's want the name brand so they know exactly what is going to be in it ea. month vs. new batch lots, etc. in regards to inert ingredients! I have been on Miralax laxative for 2 yrs now and the last generic batch is a diff. mfg. and tastes just awful .. to the degree I called the pharmacist who called the mfg. and found out many have complained. I think that is an example ...
What brand and/or generic were/are you taking. Generic levothyroxine contains the same active ingredient as brand-name Synthroid and Levoxyl.. thyroid man is correct, for some it might take some time to adjust to the medication, especially at the beginning of treatment....However: Some people will have reactions against the binders, fillers, dyes, etc., in the brand of pills. Even each dose with its color will differ in ingredients. Some contain sugar and/or lactose.
I was diagnosed in May '05 with Hashimotos. I began taking generic Levothyroxine and was doing really well on it. As far as I know, I had always taken the Sandoz brand at .75mcg. In October, when I could no longer consistently find the Sandoz brand and found that switching manufacturers really messed me up, my Dr. switched me to strictly Synthroid. By February my TSH was back to 5.9. I switched to .88mg and my TSH came to 2.5 but I still felt terrible. I've been on .100 for 3 weeks now.
I would never change to a generic brand as I have been told by my Doctor that the generic contains a lot of fillers, the main one being talcum powder.
for brand over generic. My doctor says that no endocrinologist will prescribe anything but the brand name. I've been researching on the internet and find a lot of conflicting views. Is there anyone out there with cancer that takes the generic? Any problems with the generic when used for cancer?
From what I've learned, Synthroid (or other brand names of the levothyroxine, i.e. Levoxyl) will give you a consistency in recipe that the generic forms of levothyroxine might not. The reason is that a pharmacy will get generic levothyroxine from whatever source it will be most economical and/or convenient to get. Since these sources can vary, so can their recipes for levothyroxine. A brand name will be the same exact pill every time.
It seems as if that correlates with the time I switched to use of brand Synthroid rather than being on the generic. Is this a valid correlation? Has any research been done on this? My hair loss is freaking me out. It hasn't been this bad in a while, and I just got my levels retested a month ago so those should still be fine.
Just a note to support all those who have warned against generic vs. name brand thyroxine. I posted here a couple weeks ago thinking my dosage was off only to find out the generic substitute was the culprit all along. Back on Synthroid and, most important, back to normal.
Honestly, I think you mean to poll whether someone is on a brand name vs. a generic. Synthroid is levothyroxine; so really your first two choices are the same thing. All synthetic replacement hormone meds are called levothyroxine. From there it breaks down to generic levothyroxines and brand named levothyroxines. One of those brands is called Synthroid. Some other brands are Levoxyl; Levothroid; Unithroid. I hope you don’t think I’m jumping on your case. It is all…like stupid confusing.
He says that almost all his patients have switched to it with no problems. He does not recommend generic levothyroxine though. I'm feeling so good that I'm kind of afraid to mess it up, lol, but I sure would like to save money if the generic Cytomel would be just as good. Does anyone have experience with this switch?
Levothyroxine is the generic, while Levoxyl is a brand name.
He wrote a prescription for 100 mcg and the pharmacist gave me the generic (levothyroxine). I went up to 112 mcg and have the generic again. Many people I have talked to say I should not take the generic and should take synthroid. My prescription needs to be re-filled, is it okay to switch to synthroid? Which one should I take?
Yes, Lucy, the generic form may very well be 20% less potent than the name brand.
Levoxyl is NOT generic levothyroxine. Levoxyl is another brand name, just like Synthroid, but from a different manufacturer. Were you on Levoxyl or generic levothyroxine? If you are prescribed Levoxyl, it's just like being prescribed Synthroid, and it always comes from the same manufacturer. If you are prescribed generic levo, the pharmacy can change its supplier at any time, and you do not know where your next refill is coming from.
The main complaint with Levothyroxine is that it is a generic. It is manufactured by several companies and there is no "standard" formula. Various fillers are used by different manufacturers, and some people are sensative to certain fillers. Your pharmacy may buy one manufacturer's drug for several months and then switch to a different manufacturer, either because that is what their supplier sends them, or because it is cheaper to buy.
Thyroxine is the thyroid hormone T4. Levothyroxine is the generic name of T4 meds of which there are numerous brands, including the following. Each of these brands contain thyroxine, but differ in the filler material used in manufacture of the pills.
I had the script filled at Walgreen's, and they substituted the generic levothyroxine manufactured by Sandoz. The pharmacist said they were equivalent. Here are three questions about this issue: 1. How generally accepted is the narrower TSH range that lowers the top end from about 5.5 to around 3? I've felt poorly for some time but have had a hard time convincing my doc to let me try some medicine. 2.
Also, since the doc doesn't benefit finacially by making you take a generic vs. brand name I have to go with the professional and believe that if he things the consistency of synthroid is superior over the generic then I will go with it.
1. should I stop taking the generic now and switch over? 2. if i stick with the generic for the next 2 weeks am i messing my system up? 3. what, if anything can i expect from the switch over thanks for taking the time to listen to a nervous newbie. :) be well!
Levoxyl is another brand -- there is no advantage to Synthroid. Protecting the brand has advantages over generic regarding consistency of levels.
YES do a recent archive search for Applecore and many of her symptoms went away with the switch to name brand!!!!! Another thought to run by your Dr is to take it at night ... yes, I know they prefer at the AM on empty stomach 2 hrs no other med, but given your history if this continues and you feel yourself 9 hrs later maybe late at night before bed may work ?? Just a non-traditional thought to run by your Dr. There is one mcg dosing of Synthroid that is DYE free ..
I also asked her if taking the brand Synthroid would be better than the generic Levothyroxine...all she said was...she thought it would be fine if I tried the brand..and did I want her to write me a script for it. Sigh, this is going in circles to me. Any other advise for me?
which said the batch tasted bad but was safe to use .... Walgreens does not order that brand of generic again. I have also heard that some pain killers like Vicodan can work better/worse from one generic to another. I can only give you my personal opinion and that of my endo. Again, my Endo said makes no difference, it was me that chose to stay name brand on this med.
I'm sure you'll get lots of commentary on this one. Myself, I take Levothyroxine. I've been on Synthroid and Levoxyl as well. I have not, as of yet, tried the natural pig hormone, Armour or it's equivalents... Synthroid made me have such bad joint pain in my hips and a ton of water retension. I couldn't stand it. I tried Levoxyl after that and then switched back to where I started on Levothyroxine + Cytomel. It works for me.
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