|Strength [Use either the mcg (microgram) or mg (milligram) strength]||Levothroid Actavis Colors are pill colors.||Synthroid Abbvie Colors are pill colors.|
|50 mcg/0.050 mg||White||White|
|75 mcg/0.075 mg||Violet||Violet|
|88 mcg/0.088 mg||Mint green||Olive|
|100 mcg/0.1 mg||Yellow||Yellow|
Why are Synthroid pills different colors?
If your Synthroid prescription is switched to a generic at the pharmacy, you may not realize it. That’s because some generics come in the same shape and colors as Synthroid. The Food and Drug Administration has determined that certain levothyroxine products are interchangeable and can be substituted at the pharmacy.
Are there different types of levothyroxine?
Levothyroxine sodium is available under the following different brand names: Synthroid, Levoxyl, L Thyroxine, Levo T, Levothroid, Levothyroxine T4, Levoxine, Tirosint, and Unithroid.
What does Synthroid 75 mg look like?
Generic Name: levothyroxine
Pill with imprint SYNTHROID 75 is Purple, Round and has been identified as Synthroid 75 mcg (0.075 mg). It is supplied by Abbott Laboratories.
What does Synthroid 100 look like?
Generic Name: levothyroxine
Pill with imprint SYNTHROID 100 is Yellow, Round and has been identified as Synthroid 0.1 mg. It is supplied by Abbott Laboratories.
Is it better to take Synthroid or levothyroxine?
According to a presentation at the annual meeting of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists in 2017, Synthroid was associated with significantly better thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) lab results than generic levothyroxine.
Is there a big difference between Synthroid and levothyroxine?
Synthroid is brand name levothyroxine sodium; other brand name versions of levothyroxine include Levothroid, Unithroid, Tirosint, and Levoxyl. It contains the same active ingredients and is used for the same purposes, namely to treat hypothyroidism or low thyroid hormone levels.
How do I know if I need more levothyroxine?
Let’s take a look at the most common signs and symptoms that you are not getting sufficient treatment for your thyroid disease.
- You have unexpected weight changes. …
- It’s hard to lose or gain weight. …
- You have diarrhea or are constipated. …
- You have joint and muscle aches/pains. …
- You are anxious and/or depressed. …
- You’re exhausted.
Why is levothyroxine so expensive?
The shortage is a result of hurricanes Irma and Maria, which hit Puerto Rico nearly four months ago, and knocked out manufacturing facilities for many drugs and medical supplies, including levothyroxine. Walmart, for instance, has more than doubled their cash prices for levothyroxine.
What are the long term side effects of levothyroxine?
If the levothyroxine dose is too high, serious side effects can occur, mainly affecting the heart, and include (DailyMed, 2019):
- Irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia)
- High blood pressure.
- Heart failure.
- Chest pain (angina)
- Heart attack (myocardial infarction)
- Cardiac arrest (heart stops working)
Is 50 mcg of levothyroxine a lot?
For patients over 50 years, initially, it is not advisable to exceed 50 micrograms daily. In this condition, the daily dose may be increased by 50 micrograms at intervals of every 3-4 weeks, until stable thyroxine levels are attained. The final daily dose may be up to 50 to 200 micrograms.
Can you drink coffee right after taking Synthroid?
You take your Synthroid or levothyroxine with coffee
In studies, coffee reduced the body’s absorption of thyroid medications by about 30%. That’s why experts recommend that you wait at least 60 minutes after drinking coffee to take your thyroid replacement medication.
Which thyroid medication is best?
The most common treatment is levothyroxine (Levoxyl, Synthroid, Tirosint, Unithroid, Unithroid Direct), a man-made version of the thyroid hormone thyroxine (T4). It acts just like the hormone your thyroid gland normally makes. The right dose can make you feel a lot better.
What happens if you take 2 thyroid pills in one day?
Taking an extra dose of levothyroxine by accident is unlikely to harm you. Speak to your doctor if: you accidentally take more than 1 extra dose. you get side effects such as a racing heart beat or chest pain – these may not happen straight away, it can be several days before they come on.
Is it OK to cut levothyroxine in half?
Levothyroxine tablet is cited as one of the drug products that could be safely split to cut the cost (14). However, it is a drug recognized to have a narrow toxic to therapeutic ratio with significant clinical consequences of excessive or inadequate treatment.
Can you take Synthroid at night?
Conclusions Levothyroxine taken at bedtime significantly improved thyroid hormone levels. Quality-of-life variables and plasma lipid levels showed no significant changes with bedtime vs morning intake. Clinicians should consider prescribing levothyroxine intake at bedtime.