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Levothyroxine Vs Synthroid Which Is Better
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Should i be concerned about 50mg Synthroid levothyroxine) accidental double dose? took about 5hrs apart
Can the generic for Synthroid (levothyroxine) be broken into 4? I take half one day and a half of a half the next.
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: It is much easier to swallow pills with some sort of liquid, drinking water or some sort of juice will help you swallow the pill. ...Read more
Is it possible to be allergic to levothyroxine? I have had reactions to Synthroid & all of its generics. Tried tirosint but am allergic to the gelatin
Possible: It is possible to be allergic to anything, just as you are allergic to peanuts and wheat; however, the extent of allergic reaction is what matters. If it is tolerable and something like just mild, u can take it and just bear with it. If it gives you shortness of breath or hives, etc then do not take it at all. Talk to your primary care physician about options. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stick with one: Thyroxine sodium and levothyroxine are simply different forms of generic "synthroid". Neither is better than the other. Whichever form you take, stick with it. The bioavailability of each thyroid preparation is a little different. If you switch from one form to another, your thyroid numbers may change, and you may start to feel hypo or hyper. Sometimes pharmacists switch you to save $. ...Read more
Get thyroid checked: Different thyroid medications have different bioavailability. Even though your dose was the same, the switch could make you either hypo- or hyperthyroid. And either one can mess up your periods. Ask your doctor to check your TSH and ft4, and consider asking your pharmacist not to switch brands. ...Read more
In the U.S., I was told to take Synthroid 30 min. BEFORE breakfast. Here in Japan I'm told to take Thyradin-S (their levothyroxine) AFTER breakfast.
Levothyroxine: Food, especially hot liquids, can disrupt absorption. That is fairly well established. The most important part, however, is consistency. If it is inconvenient to take it on an empty stomach, such that you are missing doses, take it at a consistent time and then let your doctor adjust the dose. ...Read more
I switched to Synthroid from levothyroxine but i can't afford the Synthroid & ever since I've had hbp spikes is it safe to switch back to levothyroxine?
Yes: It is safe. A simple blood test to check your thyroid function should confirm if the generic is providing adequate thyroid replacement. ...Read more
Have been on thyroxine/eutroxsig for 20 years 150 daily. Dr has given me new script for levothyroxine sodium. Is it safe to change over.
Hi, I was wondering whether levothyroxine sodium has a limited shelf life; the reason I ask is because I am taking thyroxine due to expire in July?
Unexpired medication is still effective.
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Which is better for thyroid levothyroxine or synthroid? I take the generic but i think i would feel better on name brand I have readed many things
Thyroid: It makes no difference but stick with either the generic or the brand dont mix and match may have different bioavailability. ...Read more
Would the generic for synthroid, levothyroxine 125 mg be a light green pill with an indent in the middle which & have written on the pill 125? Thanks
I'm taking 200mcg of Thyroxine Sodium daily for the past 12 years.If I switch to 200mcg of Levothyroxine Sodium instead, What will be the side effect?
Same thing: Hi. The only thyroxine sold as pure thyroxine is levothyroxine, so you should be fine. In other words, what was labeled as thyroxine was actually levothyroxine. After you make this switch, have your TSH and free T4 checked about 8 weeks later to assure biological similarity of the two different l-thyroxine preparations. Good luck! ...Read more