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I'm being forced from brand name Synthroid to Genaric by my insuance?

Well not so much forced, but they won't cover my Synthroid anymore. I take it for Hypothyroid and Hashimoto's autoimmune disease. I've tried everything but it's just under $100 for my 90 day fill, top that on top of bills, mortgage, and other medication just to stay alive and I can't pay for it anymore. I'm afraid to take the Levothyroxine (generic) I heard you aren't supposed to switch because you can get really sick. Anyone???


thanks Matt. I'm going to check out the article. Hopefully it will put my mind at ease. I appreciate it :)

3 Answers

  • 6 years ago
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    Generic drugs are the same quality as the name brand. Take a look at this article:

    The link if from the FDA although the title is a little misleading :)

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  • 6 years ago

    As Matt said, generic drugs just mean that they're made by a different company. It's the exact same compound and dosage.

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  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    Levothyroxine is a synthetic (man-made) version of the main thyroid hormone (thyroxine, or T4) that is made and released by your thyroid gland. Levothyroxine is prescribed for people with low thyroid, a condition known as hypothyroidism.

    There are four well-tested, brand name preparations of levothyroxine available in the United States for the treatment of people with hypothyroidism (low thyroid) – Levothroid, Levoxyl, Synthroid, and Unithroid. Although there are differences in how these products are manufactured, such as the use of coloring dyes and fillers, each of these brand-name medications is reliable.

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of generic levothyroxine made by a number of different pharmaceutical companies. The various brand name and generic tablets of levothyroxine may differ in how much levothyroxine they contain; how much of the levothyroxine is absorbed into your body; and, how much levothyroxine circulates in your body.

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