Thyroid patients have been contacting me to ask about the drug "Tirosint," which is the newest thyroid hormone replacement drug available in the U.S. market. Here's a brief Q&A on Tirosint.
What sort of medication is Tirosint?
Tirosint is a brand-name for levothyroxine sodium (like Synthroid, Levoxyl, Levothroid, Unithroid, and Eltroxin). Levothyroxine sodium is a thyroid hormone replacement drug used to treat hypothyroidism.
How is Tirosint different from other brand names of levothyroxine?
The levothyroxine in Tirosint is in a liquid form, inside a soft gelatin capsule. It is the first and only liquid levothyroxine in a capsule. Other brand name levothyroxine drugs are in tablet form.
Tirosint comes with each capsule in a blister pack -- not loose in a bottle -- and the blister pack is marked to help prevent patients from missing doses.
Tirosint capsules contain no dyes, gluten, alcohol, lactose, or sugar.
What dosages are available?
Tirosint is available in 13 mcg, 25 mcg, 50 mcg, 75 mcg, 88 mcg, 100 mcg, 112 mcg, 125 mcg, 137 mcg, and 150 mcg dosage sizes.
How much does Tirosint cost?
Costs will vary, but generally, it appears that Tirosint is priced similiarly to Synthroid, which is typically the most expensive of the levothyroxine drugs. As of mid-October, 2010, Drugstore.com lists a one month supply, 137 mcg dosage, as follows:
- Tirosint: 28 capsule box, $29.99
- Synthroid: 137 mcg, 30 tablets, $29.99
- Levoxyl: 137 mcg, 30 tablets, $21.99
Parents who administer levothyroxine to infants and children often crush or dissolve the tablets. Unlike levothyroxine sodium tablets, however, Tirosint capsules cannot be cut or crushed. This means they are not suitable for infants, and children or any other thyroid patients who are unable to swallow whole capsules.
Who makes Tirosint?
Tirosint is marketed and distributed by Akrimax Pharmaceuticals, and manufactured by IBSA Institut Biochimique,a privately-owned, global pharmaceutical company headquartered in Lugano, Switzerland. The U.S. contact location for Akrimax is 11 Commerce Drive, 1st Floor, Suite #100, Cranford, NJ 07016. Their website is www.akrimax.com. Their main contact number is (908) 282-7234.
Where is more information available about Tirosint?
You can get more information about Tirosint at their website, www.tirosintgelcaps.com. Thyroid patients can also join Tirosint's "Off to a Smooth Start" program, which provides updates, information, and periodic coupons for savings on Tirosint. Tirosint also has a Facebook page.
Where can doctors get more information about Tirosint?
The product information page for Healthcare professionals is online, and the contact number at Akrimax for more information on Tirosint is 908-372-0506.
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