Mercury Pharma Eltroxin

Just to let you know there seems to be some confusion on recent post as to the make up of mercury pharma eltroxin tablets . Mercury pharma do both Eltroxin Brand and there own Generic brand they all have there own Product License which can be found on the side of the box this determines whether you are getting Eltroxin or there own brand all you have to do is google the Product License number and it will show what the Product is


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  • I know MP made both - Eltroxin and Generic.

    Have Mercury Pharma started producing Eltroxin again? For the past couple of years it hasn't been produced and many who had been on it for 25/30 years were unwell again. The generic didn't suit them and no matter that MP said it was identical to Eltroxin some patients said it wasn't. (myself included).

  • Shaws, MP Levothyroxine is sold as Eltroxin in Ireland but Eltroxin is no longer available in the UK.

  • Thank you Clutter. I wonder why it's not available in the UK.

  • Shaws, MP Levothyroxine and Eltroxin are the same product with the same product licence according to AMCo but many members think the old Eltroxin previously available in the UK was better than MP Levothyroxine.

  • I definitely found a difference between the two and so did people who had been on it for 25/30 years.

  • Yes Mercury Pharma do supply Eltroxin

  • You have to check the PL numbers as they Produce 2 versions

  • What is their purpose of having two PL numbers if identical as they have stated?

  • I have been taking Eltroxin for over 40 years the mercury Pharma eltroxin brand is the same as the old goldsheild brand and has the same PL number I have no problems taking the Mercury Pharma Eltroxin


  • Could you tell us if you are in the UK loldobie. If so,why can we not get it in England. We did hear it was available in Ireland. Don't know about Scotland or Wales though. Also, the Eltroxin most of us are talking about was marketed by Goldshield, not AMCo.

  • j_beebee - I live in Wales and was on the old Goldshield Eltroxin, named on my prescription. It became unavailable here, as in England, and as far as I am aware is still not available. I now have Actavis and the pharmacist knows to always get this and not substitute.

  • Thanks for letting us know SeasideSusie.

  • Yes I am in the UK and get my prescriptions made up in Boots


  • The following applies to the UK. I do not have information to ascertain whether it would also apply in other countries they may supply such as, to take the obvious example, Ireland.

    The Summary of Product Characteristics documents for Mercury Pharma Levothyroxine and Mercury Pharma Eltroxin tablets are the self-same documents. (These documents as well as Product Information Leaflets for them all are available on the EMC website: )

    At the top they say BOTH names, for example:

    Eltroxin 100mcg tablets

    Levothyroxine 100mcg tablets

    And the product licences are identical (how could they be differnt in the same document? :-) )

    Eltroxin 100mcg tablets - PL 10972/0032

    Eltroxin 50 mcg tablets - PL 10972/0031

    Eltroxin 25 mcg Tablets - PL 12762/0016

    Levothyroxine 100mcg tablets - PL 10972/0032

    Levothyroxine 50mcg tablets - PL 10972/0031

    Levothyroxine 25mcg tablets - PL 12762/0016

    At one time the 50 microgram tablets were slightly different and contained a slightly different amount of, I think, acacia powder. (Though they said the difference was so small that they did not think it would have made any difference.)

    From memory, the 25 microgram tablets were always identical and had the same product licence number for both - even when they were sold as Forley Generics or Teva (which they were).

  • Hi

    The MP 25 microgram tablets always had a same PL number and Product Licence Number..

    I asked my GP to prescribe me the 25 microgram tablets, although I needed to take 100 I was taking 4x25 a day!

    I can assure you it was a different tablet, that's when my troubles started with side effects!!

    So whatever MP says, it is not the same as the Goldshield Eltroxin!

    I was on Goldshield Eltroxine for about 15 years with no problem at all!

  • The ingredients may be the same but the manufacturing process is different...?

    Wasn't that reported on here in the recent past.

    Far too many people have suffered from something that's meant to be the same.

    You can fool some of the people some of the time.....etc etc

    I have first hand experience of MP lying.....

    They're hardly likely to admit a problem are they? It would potentially cost them a fortune.

  • NHS are colluding with MP over this I think!

  • I have little doubt about that. Too much money and power....

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