Switching to Synthroid

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scorpio-girl
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   Posted 9/12/2016 1:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I saw the PA today at the endocrinologist's office. I asked to be switched to SYNTHROID rather than continue the Levothyroxin which I have been on 6 weeks at 50mg.

My TSH is currently 50, down from 117 6 weeks ago and last week I was told to increase my Levothyroxine to 100mg from 50mg. That seemed like quite an increase to me, so I asked why. THe PA said it was because 50. was still a high TSH and Doctor had hoped it would be lower after being on Levothyroxin.

Anyway, it was agreed that I could change to Synthroid and take a dosage of 88mg rather than 100 at this time. I am to return in 1 month.

DO most of you take Levo generic or Synthroid medicine for hypothyroid? Can you tell a difference?

hypoHashimoto
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   Posted 9/12/2016 8:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi scorpio-girl,

Both generic and brand name Levo contain the same active ingredient, Synthroid will be more expensive and being on Synthroid will make your weekly dose consistent, because your pharmacy may change the supplier of generic Levo and thus its formulation which will alters the amount absorbed by your body.

It is better to be on brand name rather than on the generic form.

Best of luck,

pmdancer
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   Posted 9/15/2016 10:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I take levo 150, its cheaper & this dose is what my body needs.
I took Synthroid at one time, could not tell a difference. Both work so I go with the lower cost alternative.

supapfunk
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   Posted 9/15/2016 8:10 PM (GMT -7)   
It hasn't seemed to make a difference for me to take the generic, so that's what I do. But some people are more sensitive, so it may just be trial and error for you. :) Good luck!

Time2Know
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   Posted 9/29/2016 3:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been taking Synthroid for several years. Yes, its more expensive but I feel better. In addition, after I was on it for a while, the dosage decreased. The problem I have always had since being diagnosed with the disease is insomnia, which I'm forever trying to resolve. I tend to lean towards natural remedies and some work for a while, but nothing has lasted very long.

Tylersmom
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   Posted 10/29/2016 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Scorpio Girl. I am new to this and have been on Synthroid for 3 weeks now. My TSH was high also (59). I was wondering if you are feeling any better?? I am feeling a little worse and was curious if it took you a while to feel better.

Thanks!

scorpio-girl
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   Posted 10/31/2016 5:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Tyler, yes I am feeling better now..after about 4 weeks on 100. I am sure you will..it does take time and I know it takes patience because it is hard to wait the 6 week period necessary between blood work. I started at 50, increased to 88 and now I am at 100 and feeling pretty good. I suspect I will possibly go up to 112 or remain at 100 awhile.

It DOES improve...
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