How To Take Levothyroxine Properly | Best Way To Take Thyroid Medication | When To Take Synthroid

are you or someone you know getting the most out of your thyroid medication well at the end of this video I promise you you're gonna know everything you need to know first a few facts about hypothyroidism which basically means low thyroid levels it's quite common it affects one in 70 women and one in 1,000 men in the UK symptoms include fatigue weight gain sensitivity to the cold and many more so to restore thyroid levels in our body levothyroxine and similar medicines are prescribed and here's how to take it for best results lots of patients ask me this and there's actually quite a lot of conflicting advice online so as long as you haven't been directed differently by prescriber then here's what I recommend tip 1 if you just take any medication the first thing in the morning take it as soon as you wake up ideally 30 to 60 minutes before breakfast or any caffeinated drinks and this is my favourite mug and here's the fun facts for everyone pharmacists love these kind of facts if there's any watching I hope you enjoy it so some studies show that food reduces the absorption of levothyroxine by up to 20% so that's why we say take it on an empty stomach and that's the fact I hope you enjoyed it tip 2 thyroid medication isn't usually taken that night because some people find it difficult to fall asleep now it's probably due to the relationship between the adrenal hormone cortisol and the hypothalamus pituitary axis which regulates all hormones in our body and that includes thyroid stimulating hormone tip 3 avoid taking your thyroid medication at the same time as your calcium supplements iron supplements and antacids as these will also reduce its absorption but fear not you can still take these medicines but wait at least 4 hours after taking the thyroxine before you take them I've also left a link in the description below with all the medicines that interact with levothyroxine so feel free to click on it tip 4 soya isn't on that but it can stop levothyroxine from working properly so if you do eat it regularly or take any sort of supplements it's worth letting your doctor know so they can do extra blood tests kelp isn't on that list either but trust me it is a good list for medication interaction kelp contains iodine which can make an underactive thyroid worse so avoid eating it if you're taking levothyroxine tip number six always that your pharmacist know that you take and leave us our rocks in especially when you're starting a new medicine or you're buying something over the counter because they can then check if there's any interaction if you have any friends or family who take thyroid medication helps them get the most out of their medicines by teaching them what you've learnt today or if that takes too long just like share and tag them in hey guys thanks for watching this week's video make sure to click that like follow or subscribe button now to stay up to date with new weekly videos you're going to know everything you need to know I hope you don't mind you might be in the video ok with that no comments fight it doesn't matter if you want my sensitivity to the cold I guys can see him it's got good muscles work them out quite frequently but still not as good as mine


  1. from what i read thuroid meds make u gain more weight if taken with diabetes med ex janumet…what about if u work nyt shifts? is it ok to take it before u go to work instead of day time

  2. I only like Synthroid the 'generic ' version makes me gain a LOT of fat , just letting you all know.

  3. Hi , my tsh is normal and my gynae prescribed thyroxine to lose weight , I am obese atm after my first child’s birth no exercise or diet seemed to help. My question is will my body get used to of this med ? What will happen 1) if I fall pregnant while taking the med or ) when I stop taking thyroxin say after 3 months

  4. what about t3 medication should you stop this med 12 hours prior to getting labs or does that matter ?????????

  5. Question

    I had radioactive iodine treatment and had to have this thing on top of me from head to toe and it felt like a magnet my eyes felt very pulled out and uncomfortable 😣 so please tell me if these are indecaters of Graves' disease? I was over active before all this

  6. I take 25 g of levothyroxine a day I'm 13 Male and quite large how do I lose weight I gain weight so fast

  7. Hi! Love your videos! But I got a question. I'm a pharmacy student and I don't understand how taking an iodine supplements can make hypothyroidsm worse?

  8. I just started this medication today, my doctor told me yesterday I had hypothyroidism after reviewing my blood test results, I forgot what a thyroid even was. Definitely shocking. Ugh, it’s caused me so far to feel extremely lethargic which is unfortunate because my job requires me to be alert. And I’m sorry if I’m ignorant but do we have to wait four hours after taking the pill to eat basically ANYTHING with iron in it? Or does it just refer to iron supplements? Isn’t iron in just about most foods? Basically I want to know what I’m allowed to eat 30 minutes after taking the pill. Thanks!

  9. thank you for posting this video Abraham.
    this may be the first med that i seen with instructions to take on empty stomach. lol
    very helpful. thank you.

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  11. I didn’t realise about kelp! Arrgh stopping that now. Do you know if vitamin d3 and k2 interact with it? They are the only other suppliments I take

  12. I take 150mcg because of no thyroid but I needed more. After 175mcg TSH went to 0. I felt trapped because there is nothing in between. So I decided to take every Friday 150mcg +75mcg. This way it's like taking 160 mcg a week.
    I found the solution and my numbers are perfect.

  13. Started taking it this morning (subclinical hypothyroidism) while on intermittent fasting . Doctor said to take it after breakfast.. Im also on a weight loss program . Shouldve had doctors check up much earlier . Thanks for the vid :))

  14. I had been on 150mcg levothyroxine for 6 months since my tsh was 35.0p..I just went to do thyroid function test and my tsh is now 0.02 meaning I have become hyperthyroid..what is wrong ? Is it a side effect? Or my thyroid is now producing its sufficient hormones and the levothyroxine is now adding additional ones? Please help

  15. I have to get up in the middle of the night. That's when I take mine. Then go back to bed for an hour or two. Better uptake on very empty tum.

  16. I have no thyroid because it was removed because of cancer I am on 200mg levothyroxine I feel dreadful fatigue, hair loss, scaly skin, weight gain. My tsh levels are out of whack!. Why in England are they not testing T3 and also is it true that T3 medication government can’t fund anymore because it’s an expensive drug???!!. I’m am one of those suffering because they won’t prescribe T3 like they use to. Thank you sorry fro the long comment.

  17. I have been suffering from hypothyroidism for 10 years now. I have yet to find a dosage that works for me. I take it on a empty stomach I wait a hour sometimes more to eat. My numbers are either told high or too low….I gain weight with each new MCG I am prescribed. I just had to do labs again Friday to check my hormones this time because my doctor said my T4 was low (which never happened before). I am still asking to be put on armour but she is hesitant. I have visited every endocrinologist in my area they all say my numbers are "fine" but I still have all the symptoms. It is frustrating to have this illness.

  18. Is it okay to take levothyroxine in the morning, but not eat anything for the next 4 or 5 hours?

  19. I was doing/avoiding everything you said until you said kelp!
    I love kelp. I am so sad now.

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