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Thyroid Disorders board


[FONT="Comic Sans MS"][COLOR="Navy"]hashibabba, I think one of the keys to my success in treatment is that I found the educated and wise doctor I could trust and then trusted him to treat me. I never insist on having anything my way. I believe there is a reason why he is boarded in internal medicine and I am not, that he just might know a lot more about labs and medicine than I could ever learn by reading everything I can find on the subject. But that's just me. :)

About the generics ... I don't take a generic. My T4 prescription is for a brand called Levothroid. Major brands of T4 meds in the U.S. are Synthroid, Levoxyl, Levothroid and Unithroid. There are generic brands as well and they are also approved by FDA. There is nothing wrong with taking a generic, except that pharmacies tend to change which brand of generic they use based on price. When they do that, you get a different brand which may have a slightly different amount of T4 than the one you were taking, not a good thing in a titrated med. When you find your optimal dose, you want to always get that amount. That's why a knowledgeable doc will prescribe by brand and be willing to include a no substitution order, so you always get the right amount of T4 hormone.

I believe another part of my success is the fact I read and I ponder what I read on the internet, but I don't let what I read get me stirred up. If I have concerns, I talk to my doctor, but I don't insist on switching to another med just because somebody I don't know on an internet message board claims I can't get well if I don't take this or that. In fact, if I could get my doctor to do whatever I told him I want him to do about treating me, I'd be looking for another doctor quickly! If he leans on my advice, he isn't a doctor I would trust. ;)[/FONT]
[QUOTE=ErinBeth;3169176][FONT="Comic Sans MS"][COLOR="Navy"]hashibabba, I think one of the keys to my success in treatment is that I found the educated and wise doctor I could trust and then trusted him to treat me. I never insist on having anything my way. I believe there is a reason why he is boarded in internal medicine and I am not, that he just might know a lot more about labs and medicine than I could ever learn by reading everything I can find on the subject. But that's just me. :)

About the generics ... I don't take a generic. My T4 prescription is for a brand called Levothroid. Major brands of T4 meds in the U.S. are Synthroid, Levoxyl, Levothroid and Unithroid. There are generic brands as well and they are also approved by FDA. There is nothing wrong with taking a generic, except that pharmacies tend to change which brand of generic they use based on price. When they do that, you get a different brand which may have a slightly different amount of T4 than the one you were taking, not a good thing in a titrated med. When you find your optimal dose, you want to always get that amount. That's why a knowledgeable doc will prescribe by brand and be willing to include a no substitution order, so you always get the right amount of T4 hormone.

I believe another part of my success is the fact I read and I ponder what I read on the internet, but I don't let what I read get me stirred up. If I have concerns, I talk to my doctor, but I don't insist on switching to another med just because somebody I don't know on an internet message board claims I can't get well if I don't take this or that. In fact, if I could get my doctor to do whatever I told him I want him to do about treating me, I'd be looking for another doctor quickly! If he leans on my advice, he isn't a doctor I would trust. ;)[/FONT]