I have been meaning to post about this, but was busy with trying to take a final for my class. Last week, I found out that Levoxyl (which is another name brand on levothyroxine sodium) , was being recalled. Of course I went into major panic mode. Synthroid, has a tendency to upset my stomach, and I felt better on Levoxyl. Unfortunately, when you don't have a thyroid it's not like you can just say.. Oh it's okay I just won't take my medication. So, I called my doctor, and they have switched me over to Synthroid, oh Joy! I just hope it doesn't upset my stomach.
Anyways, regardless of all that, I just wanted to get this information out to everyone. If you take Levoxyl, be prepared for them to switch you to either a generic or to Synthroid. Also, I had some friends ask me questions about Levoxl, because apparently there is some confusion. So let me see if I can explain this a little bit:
Levothyroxine Sodium is the main ingredient in thyroid medication it is T4. T4, is what your thyroid naturally produces, so Levothyroxine Sodium is the synthetic form. When it comes to thyroid medication (in particular if you are hypothyroid) there are many kinds: there is both the genetic and name brand. Some of my friends were confused because they take generic and assumed that Levoxyl was generic. It is not a generic!!!!!! Name brands include: Eltroxin, Euthyrox, Letrox, Levaxin, L-thyroxine, Thyrax, and Thyrax Duotab in Europe; Thyrox in South Asia; Eutirox, Levoxyl, Synthroid, and Tirosint in North and South America, Thyrolar in Bangladesh.
*If it is generic your bottle will typically say: Levothyroxine Sodium substituted for (and it will specifiy which one it's subsitututed for: ex: Synthroid)
So what's the big deal between the brands and generic and b/w the different brands?
Well Levoxyl was know to have less fillers then Synthroid
Synthroid contains lactose, and never stated if there were gluten free. Levoxyl was lactose and gluten free! This could be very important for many people!
I have heard that Triosint which is one of the newer ones, has the least amount of fillers so it may be worth a try if, you have problems with the fillers.
Generic brands I have heard are often not consistent with their dosaging, because different manufacturers produce it, and often the dosage isn't necessairly consistent. That is one of the selling points of Synthroid, is that they dosage is always consistent since it's the same manufacturer.
So what do you do, if you are on Levoxyl and that what works?? Well, you just hope and pray that Synthroid will be okay! Levoxyl may not be back on the shelves until 2014! My plan is to try the Synthroid again, and if it messes up my stomach, then I will inquire about Triosint. Sadly, I would rather deal with an upset stomach , then the possibility of going in to a coma or die, due to lack of thyroid hormone.
Here is the information on the recall, in case anyone hasn't seen this!