Taking medication may seem easy at first glance. However, there are always bugs lurking, which in some, if not most, cases can cause problems.
One such case is the drug for thyroid disorders, such as the well-known Thyroxine T4, the wrong intake of which can lead to the treatment not being carried out correctly.
Are you sure you know how to take Thyroxin correctly?
The first thing you need to know is that the daily dose of thyroxine must be taken on an empty stomach. So the ideal time is in the morning twenty minutes to half an hour before breakfast. You should not eat anything before this time, as this will not facilitate absorption.
For the same reason, you should not take any other medications or vitamins at the same time as Thyroxine, as these can inhibit absorption. With regard to iron intake in particular, it should be taken at least four hours after taking thyroxine.
If you have to go for blood tests in the morning, you shouldn’t take your thyroxine. You will receive this after the exam and it should be at least half an hour before you have something to eat. If your tests are not in the morning, there should be at least four hours between taking your thyroxine and your blood work before your tests.
What happens if you forget to take your thyroxine in the morning? Then you can take it throughout the day, but again on an empty stomach, and it should be followed by another half hour of no food. You could omit it altogether and double it the next morning, but that’s not the best solution.
You should also know that both thyroid function and thyroxine dosage should be checked every six months to a year because the body’s thyroid needs change with time, weight, the other medications you are taking, and your body’s thyroid needs even changing with the season. For example, the doctor may recommend a lower dose of thyroxine in the summer, so you may not need the same amount as in the winter. However, this will be decided by your doctor and you should definitely not do this haphazardly. Even if the doctor prescribes you a lower dose of thyroxine, for example, during the summer months of the year, that does not mean that you will repeat this instruction on your own the next summer without visiting him and asking or without having your thyroid have yours checked.
If you become pregnant, you should have your thyroid checked right from the start. Control should be frequent, since during pregnancy, due to hormonal changes in the female body, it may be necessary to increase the dose. After termination of pregnancy, the dose should usually be returned to the original pre-pregnancy dose.
Treatment with high cholesterol, antiepileptic, antituberculosis, cardiac and other hormones, cortisone, estrogen or other menopausal drugs, as well as taking birth control pills requires monitoring to adjust the thyroxine dose for a few months.