Synthroid vs generic levothyroxine

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I have been taking Synthroid (Levothyroxine) for 4 yrs. I would like to take the generic because it is so much cheaper. My questions is would there be a great difference, I changed 2 wks ago and now I read it might not be so good to change. Now what?
I just switched from the generic levothyroxine to Synthroid. Has anyone experienced a metallic/bitter taste in their mouth from the drug?
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?
He is not impressed by the generic levothyroxine. He stated the generic is often manufactured in places like India where the potency range only has to fall between 30-60% effective to be accepted, whereas when Synthroid is manufactured in the USA, its potency has to be 60-95% effective. The generic is often bought from India because it can be bought for pounds of meds on the dollar, whereas in the US it is ounces on the dollar.
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.
I started out on synthroid...then went generic....synthroid messes with me...I don't like some of the side effects...Levothyroxine made all of those worse with me...so I went back to straight synthroid and I pay a heftier price as it is not on my accepted list with my insurance : ( Also sometimes there are issues with the dosage not being consistent. I don't know how often that happens, but I know the makers of Synthroid had been chastized in the past for that.
7 weeks ago my script for 75mg Synthroid was filled with the generic Levothyroxine. I started to notice more hair loss than usual and now my ponytail is about half as thick as it once was (not very scientific but some measurement) My blood work at the 5 week mark showed no significant changes or deficiencies and I don't have any other symptoms of hypothyroidism.
I have heard others thoughts about using synthroid vs. generic. OF course my sister thinks this woman is the end all and she may very well be right but I have to listen to my endo......any experiences with this?
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.
There are different views on synthroid vs generic - some of do fine on the generic, some need the synthroid. Most likely I would give the levo a few weeks longer and if you don't feel that you are making progress, you can ask to be switched - but I'm not a doctor, so that's just a personal opinion. Some manufacturers use different fillers, etc and not everyone does well on a certain med.
Levothyroxine is made by several different companies, and your med could change just by your pharmacy using a different supplier. Synthroid is preferred over generic levothyroxine by most doctors that perscribe such medications.
She brought out this pamplet that said synthroid compared to levothyroxine is just like motrin vs advil = manufacturer. I said I knew that, but its the fillers that the different companies use that makes the difference in person to person. Some people are just "sensitive" to the fillers of levothyroxine, not the medicine itself. She rewrote my prescription for synthroid, and now 2 months later, walla!! No effects like before.
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0) never came down, When I started being treated by an Endo he explained that Levothyroxine ( A Generic) was not as consistant as a Name Brand (Synthroid) he put me on Synthroid 100 mg and within 6 weeks my Tsh dropped to 0.078, now I am on 75 mg and due back at the end of May for another blood work. Although everyone is different, some do better on some drugs and some do not.
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.
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.
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?
My Endo is very specific about taking the brand name drug (Synthroid in my case). He says that the generic drugs vary and you could literally be getting a different drug every month, making it very difficult to get regulated. I've been on Synthroid for four weeks and keep looking to feel different in any way (ie: negative symptoms) and I don't. I feel like me and it's only our first shot at the dose (125)!
I've been on Tirosint since it came out in 2009 and I've done better on it than I did either on Synthroid or generic levo. I did not have any issues with the fillers/binders in the pills, but I do have absorption issues, which makes it the best choice for me. I do have to mention the one drawback with Tirosint and could be the driving force that would make me stop using it and that's the price.
I called my doctor the other day because I wanted to be able to take levothyroxine instead of synthroid. By the way, you can get the generic for $4 at the pharmacy whether you have insurance or not. My doctor said that as long as I didn't have thyroid cancer, it was fine.
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.
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.
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