After 3 years of taking thyroid medication for hypothyroidism every day, I found a great new thyroid doctor and for the first time discovered that I was taking my thyroid medication all wrong. I was taking my medication at the very same time as foods, medications, and supplements known to interfere with the absorption of thyroid medication. Yet my previous thyroid doctor and pharmacists never thought to tell me such important information.
I no longer take a T4-only levothyroxine medication like Synthroid, which is a popular prescription for hypothyroidism in mainstream medicine. I felt awful on T4 only. Some do great on these medications but I just didn’t. Our bodies are all different. I now take natural desiccated thyroid which contains both T4 and T3 thyroid hormones. My doctor has me divide my dose to twice a day to spread the affect of T3 in NDT to keep up my energy throughout the day. I take half of my dosage first thing in the morning when I wake up and the other half in the afternoon several hours apart from the food, supplements, and medications mentioned below in this article. First speak to your doctor before changing how you take your thyroid medication.
(Before you dive into this important article by Dr. Holtorf I want to let you know how excited I am to be a speaker in a new thyroid online course called Take Control of Your Thyroid Health from the National Academy of Hypothyroidism starting April 6th, 2017. There is an Early Bird Rate for the course until March 1st so take advantage of the lower rate while it lasts. NAH is a non-profit medical society dedicated to educating and empowering hypothyroidism patients.)