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Thyroid Drugs: Frequently Asked Questions

Food, Drug and Supplement Interactions


Updated December 14, 2003

Many people ask about specific drugs, supplements and foods and whether or not you can take them when you're taking thyroid hormones. Here's a review of some of the key questions, details and exploration of which you can find at the online Thyroid Drug/Interactions FAQ

  • Should You Take Your Thyroid Hormone With Food vs. An Empty Stomach?
  • What is the Impact of a High Fiber Diet?
  • What About Iodine and Kelp Supplements?
  • How About "Goitrogenic" Foods Like Kale or Brussels Sprouts?
  • Is There a Problem with Antacids?
  • What About Calcium and Calcium-Fortified Orange Juice?
  • What About Over the Counter Drugs Like Cough Medicines, Cold Medicines, Decongestants?
  • How Should You Take Vitamins with Iron?
  • What About Thyroid Hormone and Estrogen? (i.e., Hormone Replacement Therapy, Birth Control Pills)
  • What Do You Need to Know About Some Other Prescription Drugs? [Insulin, Tricyclic Antidepressants, Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs and Blood Thinners]

Complete exploration of these issues can be found at the online Thyroid Drug/Interactions FAQ.

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