• Thyroid Replacement Medication

    Asked by IcePrincess13 on Wednesday, March 27, 2013

    Thyroid Replacement Medication

    Does anyone know why Levolyx has been discontinued?

    7 Answers from the Community

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    • carm's Avatar

      I remember their being a time when it was pulled for a couple of reasons. Once in the late 90's it was removed because of false advertisement stating that it was equivalent to levothyroxine; when they worked intirely different. Later in the mid 2000's, it was recalled because people were choking on the tablet. It tended to stick in the throat if it was not swallowed with adequate amount of water. It came back on market with a warning regarding the amount of water to be taken with the drug. I believe the makers withdrew the compound. I do not see any evidence that the FDA recalled it, I hope this helps clear up any questions you may have, Carm RN.

      over 3 years ago
    • IcePrincess13's Avatar

      Thank you for replying Carm. I've been taking Levoxyl for almost 10yrs and now was told that it's not available and I have to go on Syntroid which I remember when I first had my surgery that my body didn't take kindly to the Syntroid so then Levoxyl was given to me and I've been on it ever since. I was told that Syntroid has a die and that may have been what I reacted to. I agree with the pill getting stuck in your throat it has happen to me a few times. I wondered why that happened and figured it was my throat just feeling closed and not being able to swallow it. I still get that side effect when eating and drinking of my throat closing up. Anyway, I am very nervous about finding out that Levoxyl is being discontinued especially because I have no Thyroid at all due to it being removed from cancer. I need that pill to trick my body into thinking it has a thyroid. I'm scared because of the reaction I may get from Syntroid and what do I take if I can't take the Syntroid? Also what will happen to me if I take nothing - die?

      over 3 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Synthroid, Tirosint, Levoxyl, Levothroid, and Novothyrox are various brand names for levothyroxine. While pill shapes and colors and other inactive ingredients (binders and fillers) may be different, they are all the same drug. Levothyroxine has been around since the mid 1950s and it is pretty common for phama manufacturers to discontinue their particular brand once patents expire and there is two many brands of the same drug in competition. If you have a reaction to a filler in the Synthroid brand, try another brand or simple use the generic levothyroxine.

      over 3 years ago
    • jennjd00's Avatar

      I have been taking thyroid medication for 30 years and have been a follower of Mary Shomon. She is a wealth of information! Here is her web site http://thyroid.about.com/bio/Mary-Shomon-350.htm
      I hope this helps. Good luck to you.

      over 3 years ago
    • Carolina18's Avatar

      Levoxyl has not been discontinued. It is on back order. Please read an update posted on www.Thyca.org(right hand column of home page) about the Levoxyl shortage. Could be supply vs demand. Who really knows? Sorry to say, but I have to disagree that there is no difference in brands. Yes, all brands do contain levothyroxine, but the binders and fillers used by the different manufacturers do not make the final result of the medication the same and can affect the uptake of the levothyroxine. All brands are not the same for everyone. I am one of those people that "the brand" does affect. The difference between Synthroid and Levoxyl is a major one for me. I hope it does not make a difference for you. Best regards.

      over 3 years ago
    • hiho's Avatar

      I agree I was just recently changed to Levoxyl from generic levothyroxine. What a difference. I also heard it is on back order not discontinued. My doctor told me it is more precisely made then the levothyroxine or the Synthroid.

      over 3 years ago
    • SMT4's Avatar

      Yes I agree with Hiho and Carolina there is a big HUGE difference between generic and name brand. I was telling my endo just on Friday that sometimes my pill tastes a little sugary when I first put it in my mouth. The next time I take it the taste is more chalk like. He said some use more talc, and calcium. While other generic labs may put a sugar filler. I was shocked about the calcium since within 4hrs of taking thyroid you should not even be taking any calcium!!! And it also solved the mystery of how the percentage of the medication you may actually be getting. Sometimes it is as little as 80% of the medication only. It is really a big difference, especially when all you have is the medication, and no thyroid.

      over 3 years ago

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