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 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 and covered by most insurance plans. The average national co-pay is $21.36 for a 30-day prescription of Synthroid, and $42.40 for a 90-day prescription.* Both insured and uninsured patients can sign up for the True Balance Program to receive coupons for savings off their co-pay or the cash retail price of Synthroid.**
*IMS Health FIA + APLD Dataset Apr 2010-Dec 2013; Amundsen Group analysis
**Eligibility restrictions apply
For more than 50 years, doctors have been prescribing Synthroid to treat their patients' hypothyroidism. Synthroid comes in 12 precise dosage strengths to help your doctor prescribe the amount of medication that's right for you.
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.