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by courtneyk on Tue Oct 21, 2008 12:00 AM
Hi, What is the difference between synthroid and levoxyl? What makes the Dr. decide which one to go with? If you are not having success with getting tsh levels down do you try another?
by twinwy on Tue Oct 21, 2008 12:00 AM
I have a Dr. of Pharmacology that works with my doctor to regulate my medicine. She explained to me that Levoxyl is just the generic form of Synthroid. She said there are only a few medications where she would actually prefer the brand name drug. She said in some people with thyroid problems Synthroid which is the brand name drug works better. She lets her patients try the generic first but if they don't feel well on it she switches them.
I am the opposite. I actually feel better on the generic plus it is cheaper!
Hope that helps~
by skylog on Tue Oct 21, 2008 12:00 AM
by RN_to_patient on Tue Oct 21, 2008 12:00 AM
Your both right, Levothyroxine is also known as Levo-T, Levothroid, Levoxyl, novothyrox (Ca verison), synthroid, and unithroid. All are just made by different companies.
ok, now im really confused. My endo prescribed levoxyl and told me not to get generic. She said patients show sensitivity to the generic which would be levoxythirine (sorry..spelling). BUT now your saying levoxyl is generic for synthroid, so shouldn't I take synthroid if she wanted me to not be on generic?
by Tavish on Tue Oct 21, 2008 12:00 AM
On 10/21/2008 courtneyk wrote:ok, now im really confused. My endo prescribed levoxyl and told me not to get generic. She said patients show sensitivity to the generic which would be levoxythirine (sorry..spelling). BUT now your saying levoxyl is generic for synthroid, so shouldn't I take synthroid if she wanted me to not be on generic?Thanks
by steveraph on Mon Nov 03, 2008 12:00 AM
by tgragg2 on Sat Oct 29, 2011 07:02 PM
Thanks for this information. I was diagnosed with Thyroid cancer 1 year ago and have since undergone 2 surgeries. My endo put me on Levothyroxine and while she was on maternity leave her fill in put me on Levoxyl and told me I shouldnt be on generics, shouldnt my original endo have known this especially since my THS level was over 1?
by tink2002 on Sat Oct 29, 2011 08:41 PM
"Generics are not recommended for thyroid cancer patients, as pharmacies can switch generics between manufacturers " While this may be true, if you don't have a problem with the generic you just have to make sure you always get the same generic with the same manufacturer. I have been on the genric levothyroxine for 3 years and always fill at the same pharmacy. So far, they have never changed manufacturers. If they did, I would have to alert my doc and he would have me take a blood test to see that the new pill was working the same as the old. If that became an issue - if the pharmacy switched more than once, I could always switch to brand name at that time. so far, so good. best to all
by cdelv66 on Sun Nov 13, 2011 03:51 PM
I switched to synthroid from generic in 2008 after TT and RAI. I read that the generic form levothyroxine could sometimes be up to 25% less effective which is not suitable for patients with TT. I did not feel well on the generic. Somedays I had enough energy, but then other days I was very lethargic and could hardly move. It has definitely been more stable since the switch. Good luck :)
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