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Thyroid Disorders board


When I filled my first prescription for "Levoxyl", the pharmacist gave me levothyroxine. Of course, I didn't realize it until I got home and the pharmacy was already closed.:mad:

When I called the next day, the pharmacist said my doctor had to call and tell them "do not substitute". (They said it should have been checked off on the original scrip.) The doctors office called...reordered the brand name.

I went to pick up the new scrip...and it was for Synthroid!!:confused:

After many calls back and forth, it was explained to me that Synthroid IS the brand name. Levoxyl is a brand of generic. Confusing!! I finally did get the levoxyl. They DON'T make things easy!:dizzy:
Cosmo20, I think we need clarification here. Levothyroxine Sodium is the generic name for the synthetic version of the thyroid hormone, thyroxine (T4). There are many BRAND names: Levoxyl (King Pharmaceuticals), Synthroid (Abbott Laboratories), Unithroid (Jerome Stevens Pharmaceuticals), Levothroid (Forest Pharmaceuticals). The generic and name brands may differ slightly in the amount of levothyroxine they contain, the absorption into the body and the distribution throughout the body. In other words, 37.5mcg of generic levothyroxine MAY NOT have the same effect as one of the other brands or the generic from a different company. So when switching between companies, the dose may have to be monitored. I hope that helps to clarify. Hoppy ;)