Some patients won't substitute the branded drug for a generic, because it does not makes any effect. Why does this happens?
14 Nov 2012
Thyroid medicine has T 4 and T 3. Some people have a hard time converting or breaking down T 4 into T 3. It's like diabetics need more protein, and dried beans have protein, but diabetics cannot absorb the protein from cooked dry beans like other people can. They have to get protein from meat and tuna.
Now to the other part of the question-later I'm going post an article about the problem of generic drugs. Basically-a brand makes a med with ingredients and they are compounded with ways for it to be absorbed in the body by a certain length of time-usually the best optimal time for a person to have the best effects. Generics quite often have to put extra coatings or different types of coatings and binders that slows down the absorption rate-at least changes it. Instead of thinking of a pill- we need to think of many little pills inside a capsule or pill, and each little pill dissolves and hits our systems at different times. The FDA has refused to listen to complaints, but now they say they'll look into this problem. Don't hold your breath-and good luck.
15 Nov 2012
I discussed this with my Endo. He said that the generic range is not accurate and is a range of 10% too high or low. So the control on generics depends on the manufacturer. You can actually bet they will put less since they save money.
The brand name is exactly as stated. All my prescriptions are written for non generic and the doctor adds: do not substitute.
You can check what you have with the name of the drug and the pill identifier above. There are pics of the actual pill and that will help you be sure what you are taking.
13 Dec 2012
Wow, after reading these replies I think
I'll try to insist on Synthroid. Knowing the Insurance providers, it will probaby require a letter from my MD to get the real thing, right? I've felt for a while my symptoms were not well controlled-this could be why! I'm often cold when no one else is and my hair falls out-a lot! My blood tests are always in normal range, however. I've read that one must be insistent in requesting a dosage change if one's health care provider doesn't acknowledge that tests don't always tell the whole story with hypothyroidism. Is there a good alternative to Synthroid or is about the only game in town?
You guys are all the best!! Love knowing the Community is always here for me. :))
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