Keep Your Thyroid Running Like Clockwork
Taking your medication consistently is a must when treating your hypothyroidism.
These tips can help you make sure you're taking Synthroid as prescribed every day,
so you can work toward keeping your thyroid hormone, thyroxine, in balance.
How to Take Synthroid:
- Take your Synthroid once a day at the same time each day.
- Take Synthroid on an empty stomach. It's best to take
it 30 to 60 minutes before eating breakfast. Some people find it helpful to take
Synthroid first thing in the morning.
- Take Synthroid alone. Do not take Synthroid within 4 hours
of ingesting medications, supplements, or foods that may interact with Synthroid.
Antacids, iron, and calcium supplements, dietary fiber, soy, and even walnuts can
affect your body's absorption of Synthroid. Talk to your doctor to learn more.
If You Miss a Dose of Synthroid:
- Take it as soon as you remember. For example, if you always
take your Synthroid first thing in the morning, but forget, you can take it on an
empty stomach later that day in the afternoon or evening.
- If you don't remember until the next day, or if you
miss more than one dose, call your doctor for advice on what you should do.
Helpful Tips From Other Synthroid Patients:
- Keep the medicine bottle and water next to your bed (out
of the reach of children and pets). This reminds you to take Synthroid first thing
in the morning.
- Turn the medicine bottle upside down after taking your daily tablet.
This reminds you that you already took your medicine that day. Then, at night before
you go to sleep, turn the bottle right side up.
- Rely on other morning routines to remind you to take Synthroid.
- If you walk your dog every morning, put a reminder note next to the leash.
- Put Synthroid by the coffee pot (out of the reach of children and pets), and
take your Synthroid tablet while your coffee is brewing.
- Use a personal calendar, checking off each day that you took
- Use a weekly pillbox to see exactly where you are with your
doses — and if you've missed any.
Weekends and Holidays:
- Try to take Synthroid first thing in the morning before you
get busy with all the day's activities.
While You're Traveling:
- Pack more tablets than you will need in case you get delayed
or decide to stay longer.
- Plan ahead so you will not run out of Synthroid while you
are away. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist about how to order refills early.
- Keep Synthroid in your carry-on bag or purse when you fly.
- If you travel to another country or time zone, ask your doctor
or pharmacist if you need to adjust the time of day you take your medication.
Refill Your Synthroid Prescription Before You Run Out:
- Timely refills help you take Synthroid as prescribed every
- Missed doses can cause changes in your thyroxine level.
- Even if you do not have hypothyroid symptoms, continuing
to miss your doses of Synthroid can affect your hypothyroidism.
Continue to Take Synthroid as Your Doctor Prescribed:
- Even if your hypothyroidism symptoms go away, do not stop
taking Synthroid or change the way you take it unless instructed by your doctor.
- If you don't take your pills each day as prescribed, your
doctor may not be able to tell if your current Synthroid dose is helping to keep
your thyroxine level in balance.
If you have trouble remembering to refill your prescription on time, try these tips:
- Register for email reminders.
- If you use a weekly pill sorter, refill your prescription
when you put the last 7-day supply of Synthroid into the pillbox.
SYNTHROID is a prescription synthetic thyroid hormone that is used to treat a condition
called hypothyroidism. It is intended to replace a hormone that is normally produced
by your thyroid gland. Generally, thyroid replacement therapy is to be taken for
Patients Want to Know
What helps you remember to take your Synthroid every day?