MEDICINE FOR HYPOTHYROIDISM TREATMENT
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Interaction with other medications
- Thyroid hormone is easy to take. Because it stays in your system for a long time, it can be taken just once a day, and this results in very stable levels of thyroid hormone in the blood stream.
- The goal of treatment is to keep thyroid function within the same range.
- The best time to take thyroid hormone is probably first thing in the morning on an empty stomach because food in the stomach can affect the absorption of thyroid hormone.
- If you miss a dose of thyroid hormone, it is usually best to take the missed dose. It is also safe to take two pills the next day; one in the morning and one in the evening.
- It is very important that your thyroid hormone and TSH levels are checked periodically.
- Do not stop your thyroid hormone without discussing this with your physician.
Thyroid hormone while you are pregnant
- If you are taking several other medications, you should discuss the timing of your thyroid hormone dose with your physician.
- Medications that can potentially cause people to need a different dose of thyroid hormone include birth control pills, estrogen, testosterone, some anti-seizure medications (for example Dilantin and Tegretol), anti-tubercular medicines, and some medications for depression.
- Other products like iron, calcium, soy, and some cholesterol-lowering medications can prevent the absorption of the full dose of thyroid hormone.
- Since thyroid hormone is a hormone normally present in the body, it is absolutely safe to take while pregnant. Indeed, it is very important for pregnant women, or women who are planning to become pregnant, to have normal thyroid function to provide the optimum environment for her baby.
- Women who are taking thyroid hormone often need an increased dose of thyroid hormone during their pregnancy, so it is important to have thyroid hormone and TSH levels measured once you know that you are pregnant.
- You should discuss the timing of thyroid blood tests with your physician, but often thyroid function is checked every trimester.