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SHERIBRADY67
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3/6/08 8:06 A

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i read somewhere that if armour is a generic the way to tell if it has enough of the armour in it is to smell it. armour has a strong odor to it and mine does too. o the name brand is definatly better and next month i will be getting it.

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3/4/08 2:09 P

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My dr told me that the companies put just enough of the original in to the generic to classify it as it has the original ingredient in it. Name brend is definitely better. The concentration of Armour varies in the generic. It doesn't in the name brand. I hope this helps.

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3/4/08 6:02 A

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Interesting tidbit re Synthroid: of all the thyroid preparations, it's been recalled by the FDA the most. Five times for manufacturing inconsistencies in dose.

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SHERIBRADY67
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3/4/08 1:58 A

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i think generic are great for the uninsured. they are so much cheaper and some do equal out to be almost the same as the name brand but if i'm willing to pay the price i'm gonna get what i want.
my doctor told me when i started synthyroid that we would have to stay with that brand. she felt that generic would not work the same on me.
i'm not sure what pcos is. what is metformin?

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SHERIBRADY67
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3/4/08 1:54 A

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cvs told me to make sure my doctor writes on the script a special code for non generic. and make sure u also ask for armour.

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SHERIBRADY67
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3/4/08 1:52 A

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hi sarah...this is my first time trying armour so i don't know what the generic difference would be. i should of known they gave me generic when the script only came out to about $2.00. walmart slipped me a generic wellbutrin once and i knew right away that something wasn't right. it made me feel sick.

i would definatly pay a good price if it's gonna work. i just want to stop feeling like poop all the time.

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3/3/08 4:40 P

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I'm not on Armour. I'm on Thyrolar, which is similar, but synthetic. But I went through this with some medication for PCOS when it became available in generic form. It was not fun!

When you buy a generic drug from a pharmacy, it can be manufactured by any company. They can all follow high quality control standards, but you're not always going to get the same manufacturer every time. You will get the same drug - but maybe there are fillers in one brand that are different, or other subtle differences.

For most drugs, this is not a problem. For Metformin, this was a HUGE problem for me and many other patients. Once I got my doc to specify the brand name Metformin, I did much better. Since PCOS and thyroid disease are both endocrine disorders, my guess is that thyroid patients would have BIG problems with generic versions also.


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Again, this is a great discussion about the Armour. My doc has me on Levoxyl. After reading your posts, I am going to be sure to ask for Non-generic Armour. Battling the thyroid thing is hard enough without having to fight for optimal meds. So thanks for the forewarning!emoticon


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My mother once got generic instead of armour -- and noticed the difference. I've always stayed with Armour and have been known to get "testy" if my pharmacy tries to switch on me.

I think Armour's definitely worth fighting for -- the tolerances between too much and too little in manufacturing are so tight for thyroid and batches are known to vary. I think Armour does the best job of quality control in this area and am more than willing to pay a bit more for it.

Just my 2 cents.
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SHERIBRADY67
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3/3/08 2:02 P

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i was prescribed armour but since my doc didn't specifty only armour cvs gave me generic. i called them and they said that when i renew i could have armour but just tell them before they fill it.

so now i'm wondering if the affects of the generic would be different. does anyone have any info on this?

thanks,

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