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Can I consume a generic brand over the real pill?

The manufacturer performs tests to show that a generic medication contains the same amount of active ingredient as the brand name product to get generic approved by FDA. Pharmacists are allowed to substitute a generic product for a brand name product and the patient will find the generic works just as well as the brand name product. The smallest change in levothyroxine dose can affect the thyroid hormone levels - which is why your doctor is monitoring your thyroid hormone levels when you are taking levothyroxine. Switching between brand and generic or different brands of generics may cause some fluctuation in hormone levels for some patients. You should discuss with your doctor exactly which brand/generic name you are taking and what works best for you.

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