Not the usual Tasty Tidbits Tuesday or the Conspiracy Theory Wednesday, however I decided (well I was strongly persuaded) that the blog would be a good venue to disseminate important information.
It all started one night a year ago when during the evening’s conversation six degrees of separation surfaced and blossomed into about three! Intriguing right? But that’s another blog for another day! So segue to the information exchanged between two of the degrees!
Quite a few people I know take Thyroid medication like Synthroid or another thyroid hormone. If you are one of those people then read on because what follows is extremely pertinent to the effectiveness of the medication.
- Take the pill at the same time every day, first thing in the morning or at bedtime.
- Consider using a pillbox to keep track of your pills.
- Always take your pills on an empty stomach. Food can keep thyroid hormone from being absorbed fully by your body. After taking your pills, wait at least 30 minutes to 1 hour before eating.
- Also wait 4 hours after taking your pills before taking any supplements. Iron and calcium can affect how thyroid hormone is absorbed by your body. And ask your doctor if you should avoid soybean products or certain medications after taking your pills.
- Stick to one brand of thyroid hormone. Different brands are absorbed differently. And some brands, especially generics, contain slightly different amounts of hormone. If your brand is switched, ask your doctor if you need a TSH test.
We can all thank Sarajane who told this to Susan who pleaded/insisted that I post this!
- Thyroid hormone is crucial in controlling eye”s visual pigments (news.bioscholar.com)
- What Is Thyroid Deficiency? (healthylifeinstitute.org)