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Hello all,
I went to go pick up refills of synthroid for my son and the doctor forgot to fill the prescription. The pharmacist was telling me about the new generic. Does anyone have any information on this? I don't know if I want to chance anything new for my son and for myself.
It would be nice though to buy something other than synthroid! It is a cheaper co-pay too! I have to go in today to get my son's. Any feedback would be appreciated. :wave:
Quote from Bellajoon:
Hello all,
I went to go pick up refills of synthroid for my son and the doctor forgot to fill the prescription. The pharmacist was telling me about the new generic. Does anyone have any information on this? I don't know if I want to chance anything new for my son and for myself.
It would be nice though to buy something other than synthroid! It is a cheaper co-pay too! I have to go in today to get my son's. Any feedback would be appreciated. :wave:


Hi! Are you talking about Levothyroxine? I've been taking that for about 7 months now and have found it to be better for me than synthroid. I think my body just absorbs it it much better than synthroid.
I think there are many manufacturers of the generic. Mine is made by Mylan.
Barb
Barb,
I picked up the prescription yesterday for my son. It is what you are taking. He said that it does the same as synthroid. When I refill my synthroid, I will get the generic also. I also take Cytomel. I am glad that there is something other than synthroid and that drug company won't be making all the money.
Bellajoon,
What's done is done, and if it works, it's worth the savings and worth taking a chunk out of Synthroid's profits. ;)

But keep an eye out for any changes in your son's condition that could signal the new stuff isn't working as well. (Hopefully, it will work better!)

This morning, I was going through a stack of old magazines before tossing them out. Very coincidentally, I found an article about generic medicines with their benefits and drawbacks. Here is the part of the article regarding thyroid meds:
"Most generic versions are 'perfectly safe,' says Philip R. Alper, M.D., an endocrinologist and clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. But he occasionally insists on brand-name drugs. For example, Alper prescribes only brand-name drugs for people with delicate thyroid problems. 'When you allow for generic, the pharmacy can use whichever one it pleases, and there may be more variation in that than in a single, branded drug,' he says. 'This may not be best for patients who need very fine-tuning.'"

If you take the same dosage as your son, you may want to try taking part of his prescription in order to see whether it will work for you, before you fill your own. Then you won't have wasted the money on two bottles of the same unbranded med that may not work for either of you.
I just got a notice from my insurance company today stating that Synthroid is no longer a covered drug, since there is a generic. This really irks the crap out of me, though I would like to stop the stranglehold Abbot Labs has on the thyroid medicine industry. What if I HAVE to have Synthroid?

Oh well, here's hoping the generic will work for me. It means a difference of paying out of pocket for the Synthroid (About $60 a month) and paying the co-pay of $5 a month.

The only good news out of this is that I KNOW that the increase (from .150 to .175 about a month ago) in Synthroid did work. I've been feeling so much better these last couple of weeks and I've even lost 5 lbs. So I will just ask for a prescription for the generic and ask to have my blood work done again in 6-8 weeks to make sure that the generic works just as well. Man, I really hope I don't end up sleeping all the time again and gaining 20 more lbs. :yawn:

Karen