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      Several days ago I offered to post generic and brand names of
      medications. I have been feeling anxious about my RAI which was TODAY.
      That is another story.

      This information on drug names is from the “Nursing 97 Drug Handbook.”
      Published by Springhouse.
      Several posts have suggested looking drugs up in the PDR.
      Please consider looking in nursing drug books. There are at least 4 of them,
      all published by respected publishing houses. Nursing drug bookd are
      much easier to read than the PDR.Many regular book stores have these
      books. In a few paragraphs the dose available,
      action, indications, adverse reactions, interactions, and things
      patients should know are written in relatively understandable

      All drugs have generic names. Sometimes drugs are sold with
      generic name only. Sometimes with the manufacturer’s brand name. There
      can be more than one brand name for the same drug. There is only one
      generic name. Generic names start with lower case letters. Trade names
      start with uppercase letters.

      These drugs are thyroid hormone antagonists (anti thryroid drugs)
      methimazole is generic for: Tapazole
      propylthiouracil is know as PTU the generic and trade seems to be the
      same: Propylthiouracil

      These drugs are thyroid hormones:

      levothyroxine sodium (T4or L-thyroxine sodium) is generic for:
      Synthroid, Levoxyl, Levoxine, Levothroid, Levo-T, Eltoxin.

      liothyronine sodium (T3) is generic for Cyronine, Cytomel, Triostat

      liotrix is generic for Euthroid, Thyolar

      thryoid is generic for Armour Thryroid, S-P-T, Thyrar, Thyroid Strong,
      Thryoid USP, Enseals, Thyo-Teric, Westhroid.

      Pharmacists are great resources. In our town some of them are crazy-busy
      but some are not. They are trained to teach about drugs. They can look
      up interactions.

      I have checked the spelling of these drugs. I hope I have not made mistakes.
      When you get the bottle of pills, you should get a drug info sheet.
      Ask for more info if you want it.

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        Hi Kristen,

        I was originally diagnosed with Graves Disease at age 18, so we’re not too far apart. At the time my Dr. put me on PTU. Prpylplythoricil. I fthis the med you are on, it is very important to be regular about taking it. Ask your Dr. but it is my understanding that it only lasts in your system approx. 6hours. That’s why you need to take it so often. I am now on Tapazole, which lasts 24 hours in the system and I need to take it just once a day, but at the same time. Believe, me after 20 some odd years of this, it is the meds are not something to be fooled around with. I do go into remissions, that can last 8 years or so, but as we age the systems of Graves can come back different. Good luck to you!!!!

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