Some mornings I forget to take my thyroid meds before I eat. How must I wait before I can take it or must I wait till the next day
Emily. You are not getting proper dosing by taking it later in the day. Only part metabolizes. Rather, you need a routine to help you remember. Kids can not be the excuse. Have it right next to your bedside or a safe place with a glass of water and take as soon as you wake up. Hopefully before you get out of bed. Young kids might get into it, so I hope it is kept safe from little hands. Once you develop the habit your health will be constant and you will feel better. Ok? Make a habit of it. And no coffee or other beverage, only one big glass of water when you take it and wait the half hour before eating or other liquids. All,those things affect the medication. This is life long and the habit will keep you stable. Good luck with your scheduling.
I'm ready to start back taking levothyroxine again. I never saw any good results taking it in the morning. Plus I have other medicine to take. I will start trying taking levothyroxine at night. Hopefully I get great results like everyone else I've read about. It's worth a try.
My endocronoligist is a world renowned dr, he runs a metabolic clinic for a top hospital (local). He has done his own studies with Thyroid Meds and has recommend night time- unless it keeps you up (sometimes a side effect if you start to border on hyper) I too have little kids and have a hard time getting my meds on a strict schedule- just make sure you follow the main concerns : empty stomach, no calcium within 3-5 hours and be careful taking it with other meds or vitamins.
I started having to take levothyroxine about a year and a half ago. I read so many conflicting arguments about when the best time was to take the medicine. As is reflected in this forum, some people swear by morning and others by bedtime. About the only thing that everyone seems to agree on is that it's most effective on an empty stomach.
So I came up with the perfect solution for myself. I set my alarm every night for 4 a.m., wake up and take my levo, and then go right back to sleep until it's time to get up for the day. I never have to worry about what or how soon I ate before or what or how soon I will eat afterwards. And I'm consistent from day to day in when I take it. Problem solved :-)
I have been taking Synthroid for 13 years. I have always taken mine in the morning when I wake along with all my other meds. Never really thought much about it. I always wait at least an hour before I eat. Only because I am a coffee drinker and it usually takes me an hour to drink my coffee, catch up on Facebook and check my email. LOL My levels have always tested fine but my energy levels are not up to par and I find that it is very hard to lose weight. I have been reading the studies that have been done on taking levothyroxine at night and how the absorbsion of it was better for some people. For people that has other meds to take it may be a better option to take levothyroxine at night. I am going to give it try and see if it makes a difference.
There is always someone who is rude and knows-it-all on all these sites. Please always consult with your doctor and then only do research on legitimate sites when looking for information. Not 2 people are exactly alike and medications effect people differently. That is why people sometimes ask for a second opinion when they do find out there is something wrong , because they want to make sure that its true and reliable. I honestly do think that these sites are valuable but please never just take the opinion of someone who is not licensed nor a professional.
The important thing is to take Synthroid at the same time, every day, and stick to having an empty stomach surrounding that time. The argument of absorption is a mute point when your not looking at your lab levels. Dosing can be adjusted to get your levels balance. We're talking about mcg of meds here... Not mg. Tiny little tweeks with fractions of mg of medicine. While research may show that you're getting better absorption at night vs morning, so what? If your levels are in harmony at a specific dosage at that time of day, then THAT is the biggest hurdle cleared right there. Stay consistent in routine once you're balance and that is a winner!!
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