Levothyroxine 50mcg Tablet Recall

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yvette Says:

I recieved a letter from my health care provider saying that i cannot continue getting Levothyroxine 50mcg tablet that theres a recall on that medication.I want to know the reason for the recall.

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Verwon Says:

I can't find any updated recall information for it, but there was one reported on April 28th, for the 150mcg tablets, so it is possible that a problem was also found with this one and it was added under that same recall.

There has been an ongoing problem with Levothyroxine products, which has created the need for the recall and this problem has actually been occurring since the 1990's.

The problem is actually two-fold.

1) They have regularly found stability and potency problems with them, regardless of the manufacturer or dosage. Most of them did not retain their proper potency up to the listed expiration date, as they should.

2) There have been extreme dosage irregularities, even with tablets from the same manufacturer that were manufactured in the same lot. The FDA does allow some variation in the active ingredient for generic medications, but they regularly fall outside the allowable limits and to have such variations in the same lot is simply unacceptable, as the dosage should be consistent.

The reason for the recall that occurred on 04/28 has to do with the second problem that I stated. Ones that were manufactured by UDL did not pass the new testing for dosage potency that the FDA now requires on them.


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Kathrine Says:

I just picked up my prescription for the 50MCG pills with no problem from Walgreens and nothing was told to me of a recall.

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nativegirl29 Says:

Does the body have to adjust to levothyroxine if you switched from armor feel like im losing it and on a rollercoaster, my dr said I was swinging back n forth dnt knw what that means but I feel hypo n hyper at times but my tsh has gone up to 8 since being off armor feel awful, please help!! :(

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Verwon Says:

nativegirl29, yes, it is highly possible that you would go through an adjustment phase, any time you switch from one medication to a different one.

I'd recommend staying in close touch with your doctor, so you the medication can be adjusted, as needed.


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Rebecca Says:

Is it normal for the dr to up the dosage of levothyroxin from 50 mcg to 175mcg? My husband is having alot of pain in his legs and shoulders and also alot of coughing. This is the second time the dr has done this.

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jiqbal Says:

It all depends upon the Blood levels of T3. T4 and TSH ( tests to check the functioning of the thyroid gland) Dr may have found out on tests that thyroid was functioning very low and that can be cause of Muscles Pains, So the dosage was increased

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Verwon Says:

Rebecca, has his doctor done blood tests to check the levels of his Thyroid hormones?

Normally, the doctor will do the blood tests on a regular basis and adjust the medication accordingly.

Depending on the results, the medication may be raised or lowered, as needed to best help the patient.


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Rebecca Says:

Yes...testing was done. They started the dose at 50 mcg and did more tests a month later. They increased the dose to 175 mcg and he became very ill. They then reduced the dose back to 50 mcg (2 months ago). Recently he went back to have more tests and the dr upped the dose to 175 mcg again. My husband is now starting to have the same problems as he did last time. I would think that if this is not working for him that they would put him on something else. It's very frustrating.

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pandora Says:

I have been on levo for 17yrs and i still suffer with fatigue dry skin hair loss joint pain, but all i ever get from my GP is that my test results are normal.... where to go from there.....

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Lizzie Says:

I had the same problems plus anxiety and tremors the dose needs to be raised slowly for some people as with me I was on 50mcg and the raised it to 150mcg after a few days I felt so sick this is the second time this has happened. I am back on 50mcg convincing my dr to raise the medication slowly.

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Carole Says:

Hi, I desperately need advice- I have been suffering M.E. For 11 years-and,unbeknown to me,a blood test in 2010 showed TSH levels were a bit high but TS at 14 were 'in normal range- I have just been retested and now TSH risen to 5.30 and T4 is 12- My Doctor is worse than useless- I am housebound-so he telephoned- should add.NEVER seen this Doctor- he is 'my GP' -because my usual Doc.retired). New GP left it to me if I wanted medication- and has given me 25mcg of Levothyroxine- I take 1mg Lorazepam in morning, same at night-plus 75 mg of Dosulepin at night- I have had no advice about this-even tho there must be some interactions? And my GP said 'no side effects'-and I would have to book a blood test in 6 months- My Doctors surgery do not believe in M.E.-although- when I relayed some new symptoms-over the phone- he was quick to put the down to 'my long term illness'- I have been much worse for 2 or 3 years- more tired- aching more- eyesight deteriorated- latest symptom is itching and bloating- I have had private treatment in the past with a Nutritionist and I know I have adrenal fatigue- or worse- and that is my problem- I know that all these are connected and I know that treating the thyroid without stabilising adrenals could be dangerous- To be honest, I am scared of taking the tablets- I don't know when to take them- and I have bad reactions to so many medications- Nurofen, Penicillin, even vitamins-plus multiple chemical intolerances- I would have liked to be tested for auto immune thyroid disease- because of M.E. - I'm in a mess and don't know what to do?

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angelo1 Says:

You sound as though you are definitely hypothyroid and in need of thyroxine replacement asap. All it would do is replace a hormone that your body is not producing in sufficient amounts to keep you feeling well. I would advise you to take them. Six months is too long to wait for next blood test - two to three is more appropriate. You may well need an increase until you regain a sense of well being.

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william50 Says:

what would happen if i don't take this medication at all..I have over active thyroids and i had the iodine done.

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Liz Says:

I believe the Canadian government needs to evaluate levothyroxine as well, after suffering serious adverse effects that I reported to Health Canada and the Canadian manufacturer Abbot, I vow to never touch this medication again. Eleven years I was misled to believe this was a stable reputable treatment...its not.

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Pippisam Says:

You would become very unwell indeed so please don't stop taking your thyroid hormone - it is vital for every cell in the body. Have you tried natural thyroid replacement? There is lots of information about it online - Armour, Nature-Throid etc.

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TJ Says:

I take Levothyroxine. One time I was given an alternative generic, because the one I used was out of stock. I had a reaction. I ended up in the hospital, and had to go through a bunch of tests for my heart. It turned out to be the change in medication. I went back onto Levothyroxine (as opposed to synthroid, etc.) and was fine. So, my best guess would be, yes, your body needs a little adjustment time.

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T Says:

Check with dr. ASAP, could be allergic reaction...based off a post I read elsewhere...God bless

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elisa Says:

One year ago my thyroid was tested and was told my thyroid was underactive started low 25mg doseage of levothyroxine it has increased to 75mcg my blood work came back normal this last time but still feel tired my hair is still falling out .and gaining weight, the pill is purple and taste sweet is there a chance this pill has expired and not working ? : -)

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chrystal Says:

hi , sorry about late reply , my partner had the same problem with increased doses of his levothyroxine he was raised from 50mcg to 125mcg , he was okay at first on that dose then weeks later began having terrible side effects , extreme sickness, sleeping all the time , couldnt eat or drink, and also developed a red face i took him to the doctors and the doctor stated it was not his thyroid meds they do not cause side effects , but i new that it was something to do with those meds , eventually i managed to persuade the doctor to drop his dose back to 100mcg again , though reluctant he did reduce the dose, from what i have read online the dose is based on your weight , with my partner i assume because of the weight lose he also started to have toxic levels of levothyroxine .

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Dee Says:
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Have you tried a gluten free diet? It helped me , I reacted very badly to levothyroxine, dr. Suggested lorazepam. I stopped the thyroid med and refused the antianxiety med and change my diet. I was reading that 100% of people who have Hashimoto's thyroiditis are gluten intolerant. I am working with a nutritionist. Feel better.

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