Help Ensure Consistent Refills
If your doctor says it's OK, the choice is yours whether to stay on Synthroid or receive a substitute. Here is what you should be aware of if you're considering switching:
The Food and Drug Administration has determined that some, but not all, levothyroxine products are interchangeable. A levothyroxine product that is not interchangeable with Synthroid might not have the exact same effect on your TSH as Synthroid.
If your doctor permits substitution...
You may need a follow-up TSH test 8 to 12 weeks after each switch to make sure your TSH level is in balance. If it is not, your doctor may have to adjust your dose.
If your doctor chooses Synthroid...
This helps ensure that you get Synthroid when you refill your prescription.
* Your doctor may write "Dispense as Written" (DAW), or your state's required language, on your prescription.
Synthroid is affordable for many people. The average national co-pay (when you use insurance) is $17.13 for a 30-day prescription of Synthroid, and $35.80 for a 90-day prescription.* Plus, cash-paying patients can use Synthroid coupons: $3 off a 30-day prescription and $10 off a 90-day. Learn more about ways to save on Synthroid.
* Wolters Kluwer, June 2011, Audit of 376,117 30-Day and 62,752 90-Day prescriptions filled at retail.
Synthroid is the #1 prescribed brand of levothyroxine medication.† There are 12 precise dosage strengths to allow your doctor to prescribe a dose that will meet your individual thyroid hormone needs. For more than 50 years, Synthroid has been helping people like you achieve thyroid hormone balance.
SYNTHROID (levothyroxine sodium tablets, USP) is a prescription synthetic thyroid hormone that is used to treat a condition called hypothyroidism. It is intended to replace a hormone that is normally produced by your thyroid gland. Generally, thyroid replacement therapy is to be taken for life.
† IMS Monthly Prescription Volume, December 7, 2012.
1. Food and Drug Administration. Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations (Orange Book); 30th ed. 2010. Available at: http://www.fda.org Accessed March 1, 2013.
2. AACE Thyroid Task Force. American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists medical guidelines for clinical practice for the evaluation and treatment of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Endocr Pract. 2002;8:457-469.