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Dr. David Sneid
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Will going 2 days without Synthroid (thyroxine) be very harmful? Cant get refill over the weekend. I'm unsure what to do and worried. Taken Synthroid (thyroxine) for 2 years.

Will going 2 days without Synthroid (thyroxine) be very harmful? Cant get refill over the weekend. I'm unsure what to do and worried. Taken Synthroid (thyroxine) for 2 years.

Not much effect: Thyroid replacement would not show changes in short term change as the half life of thyroid ingested has a long half life (like two weeks) ...Read more

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Is Synthroid better than. Levothyroxine?

Is Synthroid better than. Levothyroxine?

See answer: Their bio-availability is not equivalent, however, insurance constraints and csot often require the generic levo. As long as you are on the one drug, and your dr. Is following you regularly, you should have no major problems on the generic. ...Read more

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Is generic (levothyroxine) instead of Synthroid not as good?

Consistency of med: There is no problem with generic thyroid as long as you have some underlying thyroid function. If you have no thyroid function (i.e. After total thyroidectomy), your thyroid level will fluctuate if you get different brands of thyroid or generics from different companies. The advantage of taking a particular brand is that the amount of medicine is consistent so thyroid levels will not fluctuate. ...Read more

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Can the generic for Synthroid (levothyroxine) be broken into 4? I take half one day and a half of a half the next.

Can the generic for Synthroid (levothyroxine) be broken into 4? I take half one day and a half of a half the next.

Break into four: Sure it will work but probably not as well as half a tablet each day. Don't forget to have your doctor check your thyroid levels every 3-4 months till it is sure that your levels are stable. ...Read more

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Does generic of Synthroid (levothyroxine) disperse the dosage equally throughout pill. I'm on 75mcg so if i cut in half will i get 37.5mcg?

It's not the: Cutting in half that's a problem, as even if the cut is uneven it won't matter since the half-life of T4 is 7 days and the doses will overlap. The problem is that the generics aren't as reliable and the dose and potency will vary every time you get a new prescription, or the pharmacy changes suppliers, or with age and storage of the rx, etc. It is better and safer to stick w/brand name t4. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between levothyroxine and synthroid? I was told to take name brand because it's better. I thought it was the same thing.

Synthroid (thyroxine) better: Synthroid is a brand name t4, levothyroxine is the name of the generic. Many studies have indicated the brand name is more reliable and consistent. However, your insurance company will probably want you to take the generic because it's cheaper. A yugo is cheaper than a cadillac, but they are both cars -- so they're the same thing -- right? ...Read more

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Are the brand name "synthroid" &levothyroxine equally effective? M taking synthroid. Can I switch 2 levothyroxine, looks like levothyroxine is cheaper

Are the brand name "synthroid" &levothyroxine equally effective? M taking synthroid. Can I switch 2 levothyroxine, looks like levothyroxine is cheaper

Levothyroxine is: cheaper since it's a generic, but the blood levels with Synthroid (thyroxine) are more consistent and reliable. It is a product with a "narrow therapeutic window" where generics can vary from batch to batch, company to company and prescription to prescription -- while the brand name product does not. If you can afford it, take the brand name drug. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Mathews
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