How To Take Your Thyroid Hormone Replacement Medication

Timing, Interactions With Foods and Drugs

Whether you take a levothyroxine drug like Synthroid, or a natural desiccated thyroid medication like Nature-throid or Armour Thyroid, it's important that you know how to properly take that thyroid medication.

Here you will find helpful information about the timing of your medication, effectiveness, potential interactions with foods, drugs and supplements, and creative ways to remember to take your thyroid medication.

How To Take Your Thyroid Medication

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It's not enough for it to sit in your cabinet, on your vanity, or be tucked away in a drawer. You need to take your thyroid medication, and take it correctly, as prescribed. Here is a quick "how-to" guide that offers pointers on how to properly take your thyroid medications.

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Should You Take Your Thyroid Hormone With Food Or On An Empty Stomach?

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It's important that you properly absorb your thyroid medication, to ensure the best possible effectiveness, resolution of symptoms, and to restore your thyroid to balance. How should you take your thyroid medication? Is it better to take it with food, or on an empty stomach? This article looks at the latest thinking on this important question.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Food, Drug and Supplement Interactions

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When is the best time of day to take your thyroid medication? Does a high-fiber diet have an impact on your thyroid medication? Should you take iodine and kelp? Are goitrogenic foods -- the cruciferous vegetables like cabbage and broccoli -- safe for thyroid patients? What do you need to know about antacids, calcium, iron, and antidepressants? Learn about food, drug and supplement interactions with your thyroid now.

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10 Creative Ways to Remember to Take Your Thyroid Pill

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When you're on thyroid hormone replacement drugs, your continued health depends on taking your prescribed thyroid drugs daily, as specified by your doctor. Even a day or two's failure to take thyroid medications can throw off your treatment regimen, cause fluctuations in your TSH level and symptoms, and have an effect on your overall health. This is why it is critical that you remember to take your thyroid medicine daily -- and ideally at the same time(s) every day, as recommended by your doctor. Here are some tips on how to remember to take your thyroid medication.

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Should You Take Your Thyroid Medication at Night?

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While the standard recommendation is to take thyroid hormone replacement medication in the morning, research now suggests that taking levothyroxine at bedtime may be better for some patients.

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How to Properly Take Levoxyl

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Levoxyl has different properties than its chief competitor, Synthroid. The FDA and the drug's manufacturer have issued special guidelines on how to take it properly. If you are taking Levoxyl, you will want to learn the specifics of how best to take your medication.

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The Problem With Coffee and Thyroid Medication

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Around the world, many people start their day with a cup of coffee, a cappuccino, or an espresso. At the same time, there are many people with various thyroid conditions who rely on synthetic thyroid hormone replacement medication like levothyroxine (i.e., Synthroid, Levoxyl, and Unithroid) to treat their hypothyroidism. And following doctor's instructions, most of those people take their thyroid pills in the morning.  There is a problem, however, when coffee drinkers take their prescription thyroid medication along with their morning coffee or espresso. 

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Hypothyroidism Drugs: Treating an Underactive Thyroid

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 In all cases, the treatment for an underactive thyroid, a shut down gland, surgically removed gland, or congenitally damaged gland is thyroid hormone replacement with a prescription thyroid drug. 

The following is an overview of the key thyroid hormone replacement medications.

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Should You Be Concerned About Taking Generic Thyroid Drugs?

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For insurance companies and HMOs, generic levothyroxine is considered equivalent to the brand names. And because there is a substantial cost differential between generic levothyroxine and many of the brand name products, insurers, HMOs and patients have been turning to generic levothyroxine. But should you be concerned about taking generic levothyroxine, instead of a brand name like Synthroid  or Levoxyl? 

Do You Need T3 or Natural Desiccated Thyroid?

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If you are on thyroid hormone replacement drugs (i.e., generic levothyroxine, or the Synthroid, Levoxyl, or Tirosint brands) and are not feeling well, one possibility is that you may benefit from adding T3, or switching to a thyroid medication that includes T3. Do you need additional T3, or a drug that includes T3, like Natural Desiccated Thyroid? 

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