You may not be able to take levothyroxine if you have certain medical conditions. Tell your doctor if you have an untreated or uncontrolled adrenal gland disorder, a thyroid disorder called thyrotoxicosis, or if you have any recent or current symptoms of a heart attack.
Why levothyroxine is bad for you?
For people with heart problems: Levothyroxine can increase your risk of serious heart problems, such as heart attack, abnormal heart rhythm, and heart failure. This risk is increased if you’ve already had these problems. Tell your doctor if you have heart problems or a history of heart problems.
When should you not take levothyroxine?
Is there any food or drink I need to avoid? There are some foods and drinks that do not mix well with levothyroxine: drinks containing caffeine, like coffee, tea and some fizzy drinks, can reduce the amount of levothyroxine your body takes in. Leave at least 30 minutes after taking levothyroxine before you drink them.
What are the contraindications of levothyroxine?
Levothyroxine is contraindicated in patients with untreated subclinical (suppressed serum TSH level with normal T 3 and T 4 levels) or overt thyrotoxicosis of any etiology and in patients with acute myocardial infarction.
What medications should not be taken with levothyroxine?
Drugs that Impair Levothyroxine Absorption
A number of drugs have been shown to impair the absorption of levothyroxine; these drugs include calcium carbonate, aluminum- containing antacids, sucralfate, iron supplements, cholestyramine, sevelamer, and, possibly, ciprofloxacin, raloxifene, and orlistat.
Is it better to take levothyroxine in the morning or at night?
Ideally, levothyroxine should be the only medication taken at bedtime. Just as with morning dosing, it is best to avoid co-administration with other medications such as statins, blood pressure drugs, and metformin.
What are the long term side effects of levothyroxine?
If the levothyroxine dose is too high, serious side effects can occur, mainly affecting the heart, and include (DailyMed, 2019):
- Irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia)
- High blood pressure.
- Heart failure.
- Chest pain (angina)
- Heart attack (myocardial infarction)
- Cardiac arrest (heart stops working)
Do you take levothyroxine for life?
An underactive thyroid is a lifelong condition, so you’ll usually need to take levothyroxine for the rest of your life. If you’re prescribed levothyroxine because you have an underactive thyroid, you’re entitled to a medical exemption certificate. This means you don’t have to pay for your prescriptions.
How do you know when your thyroid medicine needs adjusting?
General joint and muscle pains are common when hypothyroidism is not sufficiently treated, and your dosage of thyroid hormone needs to be increased. Joint and muscle weakness and pain, especially in the arms and legs, can be evidence that you need an increased dose of antithyroid drugs for your hyperthyroidism.
What happens if you eat right after taking thyroid medicine?
You take your meds at the wrong time.
Taking it with or too soon before or after a meal or snack could reduce absorption to 64%, from a high of 80% when you’re fasting, according to the American Thyroid Association (ATA). Just changing your timing could bring your thyroid levels back into a normal range.
What foods interfere with levothyroxine?
In addition, absorption of levothyroxine may be decreased by foods such as soybean flour, cotton seed meal, walnuts, dietary fiber, calcium, and calcium fortified juices. These foods should be avoided within several hours of dosing if possible.
Why is levothyroxine so expensive?
The shortage is a result of hurricanes Irma and Maria, which hit Puerto Rico nearly four months ago, and knocked out manufacturing facilities for many drugs and medical supplies, including levothyroxine. Walmart, for instance, has more than doubled their cash prices for levothyroxine.
Will baking soda affect my thyroid medication?
No interactions were found between sodium bicarbonate and Synthroid. This does not necessarily mean no interactions exist. Always consult your healthcare provider.
What is the best drink for thyroid?
The thyroid gland needs several vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, to keep it healthy. How to make lemon water: Just squeeze the juice of half a lemon into two cups of water, preferably warm and consume it.
Can I take levothyroxine 2 hours after eating?
YES: take it on an empty stomach. Wait 30-45 minutes (ideally an hour but who’s counting the minutes) before eating and wait an hour after eating before taking it.
What happens if I don’t take my thyroid medication for a week?
Effects of Skipping Thyroid Hormone Replacement
Blood pressure irregularities. Elevated cholesterol, including treatment-resistant high cholesterol and increased risk of heart disease. Low body temperature; feeling perpetually cold. Fatigue, muscle weakness, or joint pain.