Generic Synthroid is a cheaper version of Synthroid, a very effective and trusted thyroid medicine. Generic and brand name Synthroid have identical active ingredient Levothyroxine, and Levothyroxine will produce the same therapeutic effect as the brand name drug. Generic medications can usually be purchased for a fraction of the cost of their branded counterparts. Because generic medications are often much cheaper than their branded counterparts, many people choose buying generic medications online, and many insurance companies actually require that they be used. The combination of generic substitutions and reference pricing would give patients an incentive to choose the cheapest product, while helping them avoid unnecessary costs.
Generic Synthroid Thyroxine
Generic Synthroid is a synthetic version of a hormone usually produced by the thyroid gland. The active ingredient in generic Synthroid is levothyroxine sodium which is formulated as oral tablets.
Levothyroxine helps to reduce the symptoms of low thyroid hormone such as weight gain, sensitivity to cold, lack of energy, and dry skin.
Active Ingredient of Synthroid 25/50/100/200mcg 100 pills
Take Synthroid by mouth with plenty of water. It is best to take on an empty stomach, at least 30 minutes before or 2 hours after food.
For infants, you may crush the tablet and place in a small amount of water, breast milk, or non-soy based infant formula.
The starting dose will depend on the general physical condition of the person taking the medication and the severity and duration of time that symptoms of low thyroid hormone levels have been present.
Levothyroxine drug uses
Levothyroxine is used to regulate the body's metabolism when the thyroid gland is dysfunctional. Synthroid is also used to prevent goiters (enlarged thyroid gland) which can occur as a result of hormone imbalance, surgery, cancer, or radiation treatment.
While using Levothyroxine you will need to have regular blood tests to ensure that the medication is working correctly.
Possible drug interactions
Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs.
Some drugs may interact with your medicine inluding: amiodarone, antacids, anti-thyroid medicines, calcium supplements, colestipol, digoxin, medicines for diabetes, medicines for mental depression, theophylline, warfarin.
Generic Synthroid precautions
Synthroid is passed into breast milk, and it is not expected to harm a baby. If you fall pregnant while using Synthroid inform your doctor because your dosage may need adjusting.
Synthroid is not expected to harm an unborn fetus, therefore it is safe for pregnant women to use this drug.
Synthroid is usually prescribed for life. Long-term use can cause bone loss that can lead to osteoporosis. Speak to your doctor about this.