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Levothyroxine versus synthroid
I'm currently on Levothyroxine and am wondering if synthroid is a better alternate..
Has anyone found out that synthroid was better than levothyroxine?
Synthroid is more expensive so I really need to know whether it is right choice..
The only side-effects I am getting are occasional light headness and dizziness,
which may or not be due to the thyroid meds....
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Some people do great on Synthroid.  I am one who did not.  I have been on Levothyroxine (and am now currently), went to Synthroid then Levoxyl then back to Levothyroxine.

Mine is kind of a convoluted story as I'd never been on meds prior to my TT last year.  My doc started me on a combo of Levo and Cytomel post TT.  I was a little jittery on the combo, so I went to Synthroid only to try and convert my own T3...  I absolutely hated it.  I had joint pain so badly, especially in my hip (where I'd never had pain before), that I had them take me off of it in less than 6 weeks.  

I won't bore you will all the gorey details, but I'll end by telling you that I'm right back where I started.  Levothyroxine + Cytomel.  We did change the ratio of the combo so everything works great for me now.  But I wouldn't go back to Synthroid if you paid me to take it.  I guess some people are allergic to the inert ingredients... What it was about Synthroid for me, I don't think I'll ever know.    If you are experiencing no problems with Levothryoxine, stay on it!

And light headedness & dizziness are a symptom of not having enough thyroid hormone in your system... what are your numbers?
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Hi there, and thanks for your comments..I guess Levothyroxine is the way to go..I'm interested to read that you are on a combination of levo and Cytomel, why is that? I'm on straight levothyroxine..

Here is some numbers
FT4: 19.5pmol/l (9-19) H
TSH: 0.50 mU/L (0.4- 4.0)
Free T3 4.4 pmol/L (2.5-6.0)

If anything my Tsh of 0.50 is a bit low?

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