Hi, is anyone taking Levothyroxine Oral Solution?
I am lactose intolerant and have been taking compounded capsules of levothyroxine from Martindales Pharmaceuticals for the past 9 years. I was unable to tolerate any of the l-thyroxine tablets prescribed by my NHS GP. (I tried for a year).
The price of the compounded capsules was around £130 for 100 when I started taking them, but the price has steadily risen since, and about a year ago began to double in price every 6 months. The cost is now over £500 for 100 capsules (3 months supply) and I can no longer afford it. The NHS has never paid for it and certainly will not pay now!
I understand from my local pharmacist some patients get lactose-free oral solution of l-thyroxine on the NHS. There are about half a dozen different makes of the lactose free oral solution detailed on Thyroid UK's helpful list of thyroid medications. I intend to ask my GP to prescribe one of them, but would be pleased to hear comments from anyone who is taking the oral solution:
1/ if you were previously taking a powdered form (tablets or capsules) do you find the oral solution as effective in keeping your TSH, T4, T3 in the levels you want them to be?
2/ Any side effects from taking the lactose free oral solution e.g. reactions to any additives or fillers?
3/ Which make of lactose-free oral solution do you take? (the price quoted for one make by my pharmacist was £400 for one month's supply!!! I am hoping I can find a cheaper make than that, or my GP will refuse to prescribe it!)
I would also be glad to have comments from anyone who is taking lactose-free tablets or capsules of l-thyroxine prescribed on the NHS.
Many thanks guys.