Generic vs Synthroid/Tirosint

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Generic vs Synthroid/Tirosint

by missbetsy13 on Mon Jan 05, 2015 06:03 PM

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Hi all,

I finally got my levels at a good spot on Tirosint (synthroid caused a lot of allergic reactions) but my insurance is changing and I need to switch to generic. Any good experiences with generic? or is everyone's just horrible. I am not sure if I will lose hair again? I had a TT January 2013.

I really can't afford $70+ to take tirosint and I am hoping that we just got the dosage right and I am leading a healthier lifestyle, so that's why I am at optimal levels as opposed to the drug being solely responsible.

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by butterfly501 on Mon Jan 05, 2015 08:42 PM

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I've never had a problem with "generic" levothyroxine, or any "generic" prescription medication for that matter.

I've been taking levothyroxine by Mylan since the day after thyroidectomy.

From personal experience, it must be taken on an empty stomach.  I wait a solid hour before consuming anything but water.  I've had my TSH rise to over 4.00 due to drinking coffee too close to taking my thyroid pill.  The TSH went down to .8 simply by waiting an hour for coffee.

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by missbetsy13 on Mon Jan 05, 2015 08:59 PM

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Thank you, that is a huge relief. I have been told by every doctor that I should not do generic, but I just can't afford name brand anymore! I would rather have a full fridge for my kids than pay more for something that is the same. I understand the issue might be variations in the meds, but I can't do the extra money anymore, it's bleeding me dry.

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by butterfly501 on Mon Jan 05, 2015 09:06 PM

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Well, you can try it and see.  It's not like you can't switch back if you are willing to pay more.

Personally, I've had zero problems and always have my refills filled with mylan manufactured pills; since 2009.

Keep your options open, and do what works for you.

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by Sterling on Mon Jan 12, 2015 11:47 PM

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Double check with the insurance company. Mine says it will only pay for generic but it covers my Synthroid

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by e7080caregiver on Fri Feb 06, 2015 12:36 AM

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My wife has thyroid cancer.  In the past, two endocrinlogists have told her to take only Synthroid and not the generic version.  I have been taking generic (100 micrograms) for almost twenty years and every year my family doctor is quite happy with my TSH levels.  I think the endo. preference for Synthroid is based on a problem Abbott Labs had a long time ago with their quality control procedures.  I believe that has been corrected and believe the generic manufactures have good quality control procedures in place.

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by kadalikay on Fri Feb 06, 2015 06:07 PM

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I had to temporarily switch to generic from my synthroid when we moved into a new state and I had to secure a new ENDO. During the 7 weeks I was on the generic, my TSH rose to 2.78 and I had been maintaining very good suppression levels( under .1) for the last 2 years on the synthroid. I hadn't changed my daily routine at all. My advice would be to make sure you have your l gels rechecked about 6 weeks after you switch and make sure your dosage doesn't need to be changed to maintain your desired TSH. God Bless!!

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by kadalikay on Fri Feb 06, 2015 06:08 PM

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Levels checked.... Autocorrect ??
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