Generic Version of Cytomel -- Thyroid T3 Drug -- Approved

Jul 17, 2009 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: About.com

Mylan Pharmaceuticals has announced that it has approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its generic version of the drug Cytomel.

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LAC

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I started the generic version of cytomel about 5 weeks ago. I was sent the generic version when I sent in my refill to Medco. Since starting it I've developed terrible heartburn/indegestion. I've had mood swings and my first migrane in over 4years. I also have shortness of breath and my stomach swells. This is the same reaction I had to the name brand synthroid.I was treated for asthma for over 5 years before I was sent the generic form of synthroid, by accident, by Medco.I took it anyway, thinking it didn't really matter what I took, I still felt sick. And as I suspected all along, my allergic symptoms disapeared. The only problem, my thyroid symptoms have gotten worse and I've developed more serious complications. When my TSH rises, so does my blood pressure.I've become so sick I can't tell anymore when my thyroid is out of whack. I've had a TSH as high as 36 and not even known it. I've gained over 65 pounds and now have diabetes.All while on a diet perscribed by my dietician.I also have terrible joint pain and stiffness and was told by my pcp I probably have rhuematoid arthritis. Though I haven't gone for an official diagnosis. I've gone from a healthy, active woman, to a fat sick swollen mess! I suspect my new symptoms are an allergic reaction to something in the generic version of cytomel, but how do you prove it? I would love to try the natural thyroid meds, but I see now that could be a problem.Why can't doctors realize that not everyone does well on the same drugs. And for people like me with allergies, why don't they take us seriously. I begged for 5 years and after numerous tests including 3 PFT's and a nuclear stress test and echocardiagram, it turned out to be exactly what I said, an allergic reaction.I exercise and diet obsessively, but get no results. I do keep my diabetes under control, but have found no one that can help me with weight loss. Actually, finding someone to take you seriously has proven impossible for me. And for some of us, these drugs do nothing but make us sicker, fatter, and frustrated.
cindy

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Hi. I started generic Cytomel 3 weeks ago and also have terrible heartburn :-(. I've been looking for what's causing it, and came upon your post. Maybe it IS from the Cytomel then. Anyone else?
Marcia

Salem, OR

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Sep 14, 2009
 
I've been taking generic Cytomel for about 3 months....no indigestion/heart burn, or any other problems that I can think of....I also started eating more PALEO, too....maybe that helps.
Gigi

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I received a generic prescription for Cytomel. Within 2.5 months, my TSH went from <0.05 (too low) to 4.66 (too high).

I take Synthroid too, and don't have problems with that, but I never get generic versions of synthroid.

My physician immediately sent in a prescription for Cytomel.

Evidently, the generic was not up to par.
david

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Oct 4, 2009
 
Was switched to the generic cytomel 2 months ago and started to develop headaches my TSH also went from borderline low to above 5 in the course of several months.
Lea

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Dec 5, 2009
 
After one month on generic cytomel I am having severe indigestion. I tried to drink a glass of wine the other night and it burned my throat all the way down. I have requested a script to get the name brand cytomel and hope this fixes the indigestion issue. I have never been bothered by this symptom before and realized it started with the new pill generic cytomel. I was on Armor before the pharmacy said they couldn't get it anymore. I had been on levothyroxine for two months before my doc added the cytomel. I am having problems sleeping because of the burning in my stomach and throat. I am very glad I found this post and pray this clears up after switching brands.
Ryan

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Dec 7, 2009
 
I also have had severe hart burn every sense taking the generic. kaiser sucks, its a big issue switching back to the real stuff with them. they should both be sued
Daphne

West Hempstead, NY

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Dec 29, 2009
 
I started generic Cytomel about 3 months ago and have had terrible acid reflux for about 2 months now. It's like nothing I've ever experienced. Constant lump in throat, burning in stomach and esophogas, hiccups, ugh! I can't function without Prilosec OTC. Could this really be from the liothyronine?
Lea

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Dec 29, 2009
 
UPDATE: I am back on namebrand Cytomel and the heartburn and indigestion is almost gone completly. The generic version did not agree with me for whatever reason. I am sure the generic med was my problem since I have never had those issues before starting that pill. Only setback is the cost to get the non-generic. Insurance does not pay as well. For me its well worth the cost but sure hits the wallet!
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Jan 3, 2010
 
After finally having a normal TSH of .8 while taking Amour Thyro, I had to switch because they didn't make my dose anymore, doc put me on 75m of Levoxyl and 12.5m of generic meds for Cytomel. That was in August. Had blood drawn early December and had TSH of 6.3. Feel like crap and after orders from doc to increase to full 25m of generic Cytomel have had severe indigestion, acid reflux symptoms; something I've never had a problem with. After reading other posts, I now see why immediately after increasing generic Cytomel why I have such indigestion but what next as far as meds. Guess I'll have to switch meds AGAIN! Wanted to also ask if anyone else is only taking 75m of Levoxyl? My sister in law also had a complete thyroidectomy and take 175m of Levoxyl. She feels well and is also very slim unline myself who cannot even lose an ounce with diet/exercise. Help me out here fellow sufferers...I'm getting really desperate!
Susan

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Feb 5, 2010
 
I have been taking the generic for cytomel, Liothyronine for about 3 months. I take a high dosage, almost 200mcg but have noticed in the last 2 weeks that my eyes are swelling again and I can't clear my throat. I had these symptoms when my thyroid med was too low for my Hypothyroidism. I am going to go back on the brand name Cytomel.
Lately have had some heartburn but not too terrible. More concerned about the other symptoms.
Maria

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Feb 10, 2010
 
I have been on generic cytomel for about 4 months. I noticed rapid heart rate from time to time, weight gain. Doctor told me to take only 1 a day on Monday, Wednesday and Friday since levels were a bit up. I am going to switch to the name brand Cytomel and see how that goes.
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So basically you all have some type of Thyroid and past medical problems? Man, lol. I take this to lose weight no problem over here but high metabolishism burning up my food super fast and I take it with Clen and wow Im so ripped!
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My understanding is if you take Cytomel, and do not have a hypothyroism, you could be messing up your thyroid in the future. I take the generic Cytomel-Liothyronine..Been on it 6 wks now. I am feeling so much better. I had gotten so sick from the Levoxyl not working..I had no energy, hair loss, aching, dizzy, fogged mind, and was having trouble breathing..Now I am feeling great, and lost 25 lbs..I watch what I eat, but don't go hungry..Been eating every 3 hrs under 300 calories each time I eat. Stay away from all the foods that interfere with thyroid medication..Works for me..
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Derick wrote:
So basically you all have some type of Thyroid and past medical problems? Man, lol. I take this to lose weight no problem over here but high metabolishism burning up my food super fast and I take it with Clen and wow Im so ripped!
You are an idiot. If you take this to lose weight, you are risking damaging your thyroid, many of your other organs, and developing osteoporosis--on top of risking a heart attack. The others supplement because of deficiency. Excess throws your system all out of whack and can do permanent damage.
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Derick wrote:
So basically you all have some type of Thyroid and past medical problems? Man, lol. I take this to lose weight no problem over here but high metabolishism burning up my food super fast and I take it with Clen and wow Im so ripped!
That just proves how ignorant you are...you will damage your thyroid eventually and supress your own thyroid which will only require you eventually to take higher and higher doses of synthetic hormone. Its funny you think you are so smart but you have only shown your stupidity and obvious lack of knowledge.
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Jul 21, 2011
 
LAC wrote:
I started the generic version of cytomel about 5 weeks ago. I was sent the generic version when I sent in my refill to Medco. Since starting it I've developed terrible heartburn/indegestion. I've had mood swings and my first migrane in over 4years. I also have shortness of breath and my stomach swells. This is the same reaction I had to the name brand synthroid.I was treated for asthma for over 5 years before I was sent the generic form of synthroid, by accident, by Medco.I took it anyway, thinking it didn't really matter what I took, I still felt sick. And as I suspected all along, my allergic symptoms disapeared. The only problem, my thyroid symptoms have gotten worse and I've developed more serious complications. When my TSH rises, so does my blood pressure.I've become so sick I can't tell anymore when my thyroid is out of whack. I've had a TSH as high as
36 and not even known it. I've gained over 65 pounds and now have diabetes.All while on a diet perscribed by my dietician.I also have terrible joint pain and stiffness and was told by my pcp I probably have rhuematoid arthritis. Though I haven't gone for an official diagnosis. I've gone from a healthy, active woman, to a fat sick swollen mess! I suspect my new symptoms are an allergic reaction to something in the generic version of cytomel, but how do you prove it? I would love to try the natural thyroid meds, but I see now that could be a problem.Why can't doctors realize that not everyone does well on the same drugs. And for people like me with allergies, why don't they take us seriously. I begged for 5 years and after numerous tests including 3 PFT's and a nuclear stress test and echocardiagram, it turned out to be exactly what I said, an allergic reaction.I exercise and diet obsessively, but get no results. I do keep my diabetes under control, but have found no one that can help me with weight loss. Actually, finding someone to take you seriously has proven impossible for me. And for some of us, these drugs do nothing but make us sicker, fatter, and frustrated.
Thank you for this post. The pharmacy I go to recommended the generic to save money but I declined. Over the last few months I have been wondering if I should try it. Now I won't saving a few bucks is not worth it! Thanks again.
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ive taken generic cytomel and name brand. my body did not like it at all but...my body requires that t3 that is naturally present with a functioning thyroid. so,after consulting with my endo,marie griffin of overland park ks, we decided to do a compound t3 from midwest compounders pharmacy. best decision ever made. most side effects went away. i do have occasional migraines but nothing like before. i used to go to bed and wake up with the same headache. good luck to all of you. my tsh right now is nearly 200...yes you read it correct. my cancer has come back and i had to undergo radioiodine for a third time.
Alia

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Jan 28, 2012
 
I took generic cytomel as well and even though I stopped taking it a week ago I still have severe difficulty breathing after eating. My meals are very small; a few spoonfuls of yogurt will result in the feeling that my esophagus and throat are closing 3 hours later.
Before my doctor talked me into taking this I received acupuncture and was making progress. I am continuing with that because acupuncture can raise thyroid functioning. This is why pharmaceutical companies cannot break into the Chinese market; they are smart enough to help the body correct itself.
Vijay

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Mar 28, 2012
 
Hi Friends,

I have starting T3 on tom on words kindly suggest me somebody, if is it good or bad for over body.

I am diabetic patient my doc told to me loss the weight thats way i am taking this.

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