How should I take thyroid medicine?
There are many questions about the best way to take thyroid medicine. Specifically, how to take natural desiccated thyroid medicine (NDT) brands Armour Thyroid, NP Thyroid, and Nature-thyroid. Foods and supplements can interact with NDT medicine. So its important to know how to take thyroid medicine.
Can I Swallow Natural Desiccated Thyroid Medicine?
There are patients who swallow the pill. However its important to know that certain foods and supplements can interact with the medicine 1. According to AboutHealth, it is advised to take the medicine on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning. Then to wait an hour before eating food.
In addition, Prevention.com says that milk and soy milk can interfere with thyroid medicine. They suggest waiting four hours before having calcium or milk, after taking thyroid medicine.
For these reasons, taking thyroid medicine orally is a deal breaker! Many of us with hypothyroidism have hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). This means eating regularly is especially important. Also, I must have coffee in the morning, with cream. And I will not wait four hours. Will not. Instead, I take natural desiccated thyroid medicine sublingually. This means “under the tongue.”
Should I Take Natural Desiccated Thyroid Medicine Sublingually?
According to About.com, yhere are no specific studies indicating the pros and cons for taking NDT sublingually. But many patients report they feel better when taking thyroid medicine sublingually. Patients are able to take their thyroid medicine immediately before and after food and supplements. They noted improved TSH, Free T4 and Free T3 Levels.
In my experience, taking NDT sublingually has worked well for me. I notice a faster boost in my energy and mood than I did when swallowing the thyroid medicine. And I can eat whenever I want. Win win!
Each person is different, so of course consult a doctor you trust, and see what is best for you. It’s important to track symptoms carefully. And have thyroid levels checked 6-8 weeks after making a change. Labs to check are TSH, Free T4, Free T3, and ideally Reverse T3.
- http://thyroid.about.com/cs/drugdatabase/f/interaction.htm ↩