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To Tami, sorry your Doctor lied.

To Tami, sorry your Doctor lied.

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Posted by Tina on September 29, 2000 at 11:57:37:

In Reply to: Re: Help! Over-medicated and went from hypo to hyper posted by Tami Rizer on September 27, 2000 at 00:50:05:

: : Hi, My name is Tami Rizer and I have been on Snythroid for 2 years. Once they gave me Levoxyl by mistake at the drug store and my doctor went nuts, he said it wasn't very good for you and that it is a generic of Snythroid and I should never take that. It is known to make your hair fall out. I don't know if I have helped any.
: Tami

: I'm 19 and one year ago I was put on levoxyl (.075) because of low TSH levels. Unfortunately I put off my blood test for many months until last week and found out that I've become hyper, mimicking Grave's disease with abnormally high antibodies. My hair is falling out, I've lost a ton of weight and am basically a nervous wreck. My doctor told me to start taking 0.05, but shouldn't I stop taking anything at all for awhile? Will all of this be reversible? My doctor won't really tell me much--he's waiting for more test results.
: : Any input would be appreciated, thanks

: Hi

Hi Tami,

Sorry but Lovoxyl is not generic for Snythroid! Levothyroxine (T4)is the generic name for all synthetic T4 only hormones.
Levoxyl is made by Jones Medical Industies and is the equivalent to Snythroid. The only difference might be the fillers used, but that would not account for hair falling out. That (hair loss) is a side effect that can happen with any T4 snythetic.
See this link to the Snythroid site http://www.synthroid.com/consumer/1500.htm
Scroll down to "Information for the Patient" (about 1/3 down) Then go to #11. "Patial hair loss may occur rarely during the first few months of Snythroid therapy, but is usually temporary. The real difference between Snythroid and any other T4 snythetic is....Price! Snythroid is the highest priced and most prescribed one on the market. Does that mean it's the best? The answer is NO, just the most successful marketing techniques.Please read this on two major Lawsuits against the makers of Snythroid.
http://thyroid.about.com/health/thyroid/cs/synthroidlawsuit/index.htm
It will also have information on the only T4 drug (Unithroid) that has now been approved by the FDA! None of the synthetic T4 (levothyroxine) only drugs went through the FDA approval, instead they were "grand fathered" in. Now because of many recalls (for stability and potency problems, Snythroid too) all of them have to submit to FDA approval and will be considered "new drugs". Knoll Pharmaceutical, the makers of Snythroid have not submitted it for approval and are instead filing for an exemption.

Sorry to have to give you the bad news! Sincerely, Tina
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