How should you take your Hypothyroidism medication

For 2% of the UK population (1.34 million), Hypothyroidism is a problem which you deal with day-in, day-out. So, if you’ve just been diagnosed, what is there to know?

What is Hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism is a condition where your thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough hormones. As a result, you could have symptoms of tiredness, weight gain, depression, being sensitive to the cold, dry skin and hair, or muscle aches. The best way to find out whether or not you have a thyroid problem is to take a thyroid function test. If you have low or high levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), thyroxine or triiodothyronine, it could mean you have a thyroid condition such as an underactive or overactive thyroid. Overall, Hypothyroidism is unpreventable – but medication is currently available in the form of Levothyroxine.

How To Take Thyroid Medication

1. Make No Mistakes Whatsoever

Before you start your course of thyroid medication, make sure you check in with your doctor and pharmacist to see if any changes have been made. Although this shouldn’t be the case, it is integral that you double check. Changes or inconsistencies can impact your treatment.

2. Find Out About Drug Interactions

Thyroid medication should not be taken alongside certain meds as it could have an adverse impact on your health. Safety comes first, so inform your doctor about all the medication you’re taking. This will help to protect you if they discover any negative drug interactions.

3. Take Them On An Empty Stomach

Taking thyroid medication on an empty stomach will help you to absorb it better. Even after taking the medication, wait for around an hour before eating or drinking anything else. Getting this into your system the most effective way will ensure it 100% works.

4. Medication Management Solutions

Finally, make the whole meds management easier by utilising the YOURmeds Switch, which is designed to help you take your meds on time every time. It can be hard keeping up with all these pills, so having a reminder system in place will help you out considerably.

Mistakes To Avoid When Taking Thyroid Medication

1. Having Too Much Fibre In Your Diet

Similar to those negative drug interactions, having too much fibre in your diet while also taking thyroid medication can also have an adverse impact. It affects your ability to absorb the meds, so think twice before adding lots of fibre to your diet.

2. Taking The Meds With Coffee Or Iron

Coffee or iron-rich foods can have an impact on your ability to absorb thyroid medication. Supplements and foods with added iron need to be avoided, and take your meds with water. This will ensure that you don’t experience any potential negative side effects.

3. Switching Medicine Brands Throughout

If you happen to switch medicine brands throughout the duration of your medication, then you may notice various differences in your condition. Not all medications use the same ingredients, so be careful. It is vital to stick with the same brand and not change at all.

4. Inconsistency Of Taking Your Medication

Finally, by taking your medication at inconsistent times or forgetting to take them in the first place, you could see a decline in your health. But with YOURmeds Switch, you won’t forget to take your meds ever again thanks to the incredibly helpful reminder system!

Manage Your Meds With YOURmeds Switch!

We make it easier to support your loved ones with their medications. The YOURmeds Switch will help them remember when to take the right medications at the right time – and let you know if there are any problems.

Please note that nothing in this blog constitutes official medical advice. It contains our opinions only. Always consult your healthcare provider when making healthcare decisions for you and your family.
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