When should I take my Synthroid?
September 12, 2011 1:59 PM Subscribe
Please help me figure out when to take my daily dose of Synthroid. I know it shouldn't be this hard, but none of the options I come up with are working.
posted by stellaluna to health & fitness (22 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I am supposed to take the generic version of Synthroid every day. I am supposed to take it on an empty stomach, meaning one hour before meals or two hours after meals. So three hours with no food + medication. Um, what?
I have successfully gotten down to fighting weight by eating very first thing in the morning and eating small high-protein mini-meals throughout the day, usually every...drumroll please...three hours. This works for me and has made me a happier, healthier person. It was a long road to get here and I am not all that interested in changing this routine.
So how can I integrate this medication into what I am currently doing? I have so far tried and failed at:
-leaving a pill on the bedside table and taking it during one of my many middle of the night wake-up-and-look-at-the-clock episodes. Fails more often than not.
-taking a pill at night before bed when I wash my face and brush my teeth. This often works, but usually goes out the window when I am visiting the beau or am having otherwise social periods of life.
-just taking the pill with food, figuring that not taking it is worse than taking it with food.
Logically, I know that taking this medication will (in theory) help me feel better and will be good for my health. Practically, it's been a huge PITA and ends up making me feel guilty for not taking better care of myself. My medical experts have not been able to suggest options other than the "take first thing in the morning", which doesn't work for me.
So I turn to you, hivemind. Any ideas? I am not on any other medication (other than Nuvaring, if that tells you anything about my past success at taking a pill every day), and feel very blessed indeed that this is the case. I can't imagine how difficult it must be to do this, x20, for multiple medications each with their own special set of snowflake instructions.