THYRO > Dr. John Gonino
Gonino Center for HealingThyroid Medication Instructions It is important that you know how to take your thyroid medication properly. Helpful information including the timing of your medication, interactions with foods, drugs and supplements are covered, as well as creative ways to remember to take your thyroid medication.
Always check the prescription against what you receive.
Dr Gonino feels the ideal time to take thyroid medication is in the morning.
If you sleep well, i.e., sleep 7-9 hours without waking up, Dr Gonino prefers that upon waking you begin your day with prayer.
Set your intent for the day, then eat a healthy breakfast.
Take all of your non-calcium containing supplements with breakfast.
Take Alka Salts and any other Calcium supplements at bedtime.
Take your Thyroid medication 2 hours after breakfast.
Take your thyroid with a full glass of water
Wait one hour before eating after taking your Thyroid medication
**If you tend to wake up early in the morning but before you are ready to start your day, you can have your thyroid on the nightstand, take it then, go back to sleep, or lay in bed, and then you can eat breakfast as early as one hour later.
**In Summary, you can take your thyroid support 2 hours after breakfast, as Dr Gonino does, or an hour before, like Mrs. Gonino does. Dr Gonino doesn’t want you waking up, taking it, and being physically active because that can lower your blood sugar. If you take it first thing, go back to sleep or be fairly still while awake.
Thyroid Inhibiting Foods
Goitrogens: You should limit to one handful per day or less: Kale tops the list, followed by broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and collard greens.
Be consistent about a high-fiber diet. If you start or stop eating high-fiber, get your thyroid rechecked, because it may change your absorption.
Additional things to know about your Thyroid
Don’t take antacids within two hours of thyroid hormone. Allow at least 2-3 hours apart, so absorption is not affected.
Watch for interactions with antidepressants & thyroid hormone. Zoloft, Paxil and Prozac can make thyroid meds more or less effective. Talk to your doctor.
Missing one day of thyroid can have undesirable effects on hormonal balance resulting in mood, pain and digestive issues.
**Always talk to your doctor about your medications, dosages, and what your doctor recommends for your particular situation.
Hypothyroidism Requires Lifelong Therapy
Thyroid hormone replacement therapy is usually a lifelong treatment. Be sure you always have a fresh supply of medication on hand and always remember to follow your doctor’s directions. Do not stop taking your medication or switch medications unless told to do so by a doctor.
Tell your doctor about any other drugs you are taking, including over-the-counter medications.
Dosing Most thyroid hormone medications are taken once daily, usually in the morning. If you miss a dose of your thyroid hormone medication, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, do not take the dose you forgot, just continue with your regular schedule; never take a double dose. Call your doctor if you miss two or more doses.
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