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A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Strengths can only be multiplied and not divided to equal prescribed dosage(s).
THYROID is more commonly referred to as desiccated (dried) thyroid which is composed of various hormones that are released by the thyroid gland to aid in the regulation of the body's energy as well as metabolism. This medication is as a replacement or supplemental therapy in patients with hypothyroidism. THYROID works to reverse the symptoms of hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Without thyroid hormone, the body cannot function properly, resulting in poor growth, slow speech, lack of energy, weight gain, hair loss, dry thick skin, and increased sensitivity to cold.
THYROID is also used to treat goiter (enlarged thyroid gland).
Take THYROID as exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results.
The dosage of THYROID is determined by the indication and must in every case be individualized according to patient response and laboratory findings. Keep using this medicine as directed, even if you feel well. You may need to take thyroid medication for the rest of your life.
Before you start taking THYROID, inform your doctor if you are planning to have medical and/or dental treatments, emergency care or surgery. It is vital to inform your doctor or dentist that you are taking THYROID.
It is important to check with your doctor or pharmacist before you begin to take any new medications, either prescription or over-the-counter. Caution should be used in the elderly since they may be more sensitive to the effects of this drug.
Also tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
To make sure you can safely take THYROID, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
Since THYROID is made to replace thyroid hormones, the most common side effects generally mimic an underactive or overactive thyroid (hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, respectively). Adverse reactions other than those indicative of hyperthyroidism, either initially or during the maintenance phase, are rare.
If you experience chest pain, increased pulse rate, palpitations, excessive sweating, heat intolerance, or nervousness, please consult your doctor immediately; your dose may need to be adjusted.
Common side effects may include weight loss, tremors, headache, upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, nervousness, irritability, insomnia, excessive sweating, increased appetite, fever, changes in menstrual cycle and sensitivity to heat.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about additional side effects or any side effect that bothers you or that do not go away.