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Readers Respond: How Do You Remember to Take Your Thyroid Medication?

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Updated April 02, 2009

Remembering to take your thyroid medications and pills is one of the most essential things we can do as thyroid patients that will help ensure that we get the best results from treatment. But sometimes, it can be hard to remember to take medications as prescribed. What tips and tricks do you have to help you remember to take your thyroid medication? Share your own thoughts, and find out what tips other thyroid patients have that keep them from forgetting that all-important thyroid pill each day! Share Your Tips

How I Remember

I set an alarm for 5 am on my Android smart phone (timely is a great app for alarms). I make sure there is water on my nightstand before I go to sleep. I keep a water bottle there at home, place a cup if I am elsewhere. I keep my synthroid medicine there, too. When the alarm goes off, I take the pill. Then I go back to sleep and get up when my next alarm goes off at 6am. After taking the pill, I knock the bottle over on its side. This was I know that I took it. Before I go to sleep each night, I sit the medicine bottle upright.
—Guest Hannah

Last Thing I Do Before Bedtime

I take it just before going to bed after my horlicks or hot chocolate.
—Guest marilyn

Take medicine

I usually take my medicine one hour after I get up in the morning. Then, I have breakfast.
—Guest lucygirl

How I remember

I have a small colorful children's plastic bowl in my bedroom next to my radio alarm clock. Before I go to sleep every night, I put the thyroid med in that bowl and place a small bottled water next to it . When I turn off the alarm I take the med automatically now.
—Guest Parapraxis

How I remember

If I miss my medication I feel awful. This helps me to remember to take it.
—Guest Throid Man

Every A.M. Like Clockwork

I fill an 8 oz. glass with water and put my 2 pills in a little container and place both on my nightstand. They are taken first thing when I get out of bed each day, therefore never forgetting or wondering if I've missed a dose/day.
—NettyArredondo

Synthoid User

I put my pills on top of my overturned coffee cup so I see them when I pour my coffee, which I do every morning
—Guest Joella B

re: What About 20 Somethings?

I have had plenty of periods of my life requiring unpredictable location, schedules, but I always keep a small bag packed with prescriptions I need to take, usually in empty, labeled prescription bottles. Kept in my purse or backpack, which I always take with me, everywhere, so I have no excuse, and no gap in taking my pills on schedule. There, now no excuses.
—Guest Sandra

Taking Medication

I take my medication at night. It really helps my thyroid levels and keeps them regulated.
—Guest SAM

I Can Relate

I started taking NatureThroid and 3.12 mg of iodine/iodide only 5 weeks ago and I haven't slept more than 1 hour per night since. It has caused my hot flashes and night sweats to increase exponentially. My heart races and I sweat. To say I'm exhausted is an understatement, but I am oddly wired at the same time. Frustration and hopelessness is gaining a serious foothold now. I had to stop everything to try and gain whatever might possibly be remaining in the hopes that I haven't permanently destroyed it.
—Guest Mskaty

Problems with Medication

I have been on Levoxyl generic for 10 years. I have gained weight; have terrible pain in joints, especially top of feet, can't sleep, short winded. Doctor gave me prescription for 50,000 IU Vitamin D to take 1 times per week for 6 weeks. The pain totally went away. However, now that Vitamin D levels are normal again, she won't refill. I am in chronic pain again. Has anybody else had problems? The biggest problem now is that my renal is at 46% eGFR and dropping. I am hoping to change to natural thyroid meds.
—pbottino

Reminder Service

While I don't take thyroid medication directly, I do take medication every day. To help me remember I use a reminder service that works with my mobile phone (and no it's not a smartphone). The service is called Remind-M (www.remind-m.com). I created it because I'm a forgetful person who kept stressing out about my medication. -- Jean-Marc
—remindm

Med Reminder

I set my cell phone alarm. I set it for 8am, then at noon... just to make sure I took them. Lyrica really messed up my memory, so I have to use alarms, timers, and lots of lists and notes.
—Guest Lisa

What About 20-Something's

What about the recently diagnosed 20-somethings who don't wake up in the same place all the time? Perhaps they stay out until 4, 5, 6 in the morning, crash on a friend's couch, or decide to take a road trip up the coast for the weekend. What if, like me, they're also going on business trips, waking up in strange hotel rooms, and more preoccupied with the client meeting than packing pills? These "tips" are not appropriate for me.
—Guest Ryan Mitchell

I Was Cured

I was sleeping 20 hours per day in 1980, very cold, tired. Went to see my primary care doctor, who was a ND. He found from the blood test that my thyroid was dangerously low. Over the next three years, he monitored my blood - at first twice per week, then once per week, then once every two weeks, then once every three weeks. He had me take synthroid (with bovine thyroid extract), plus iodine (kelp, plus iodide drops). With the careful monitoring by blood tests of my thyroid indicators, I was able to completely STOP taking the synthroid after three years, as my thyroid came back to normal functioning. What he did was slowly wean me off the synthroid and bovine thryoid extract, over 3 years. This was during the period 1980 to 1983, over 30 years ago. I am completely cured of low thyroid now for over 30 years. I have normal energy, have not taken any medication for over 30 years. I should note also that I was very active with yoga and Tai Chi Chuan, before that time, since then, and now.
—Guest no thyroid medication!

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