5 Tips For Taking Your Thyroid Medication Successfully
Thyroid medication is one of the top 5 medications prescribed in both the US and Canada. Because it is so commonly prescribed, here are are some interesting facts which you may or may not know and which you may want to discuss with your healthcare provider.
1. Take your thyroid medication on an empty stomach
Thyroid medication is best taken on an empty stomach because it ensures optimal absorption. It should be taken 30 min to 60 min before breakfast and it should be taken 4 hours before or after drugs that interfere with it’s absorption (i.e.: iron, calcium, antacids, etc..)
2. Your thyroid medication may have gluten in it
Certain brands of thyroid medication are not certified gluten free. They may contain excipients such as maltodextrin, dextri-maltose, pre-gelatinized starch or starch. These ingredients may be derived from wheat and therefore you have to be careful if you are on a gluten free diet or have Celiac disease. The medications which most likely do not contain gluten are desiccated thyroid and compounded thyroid medications. Check with your pharmacist if you are unsure.