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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!

Taking Synthroid and Cytomel

After having total thyroidectomy in Oct. 2012, I began feeling awful, mentally and physically. Being on just Synthroid in morning, I tried taking it at different times and then added Cytomel. I found taking my Synthroid (0.112 mg) at 2 PM every day and Cytomel 1/2 tab of 25 mcg (or 12.5 mcg) at bedtime, increased my ability to stay asleep, wake up feeling refreshed and w/o the nervous, jittery feeling I had while on just Synthroid. If I need it I take an additional 1/4 tab of the Cytomel 25 mcg tab (6mcg's) during the day. Total Cytomel is less than 20 mcg's. I feel less need for a nap with it. I am still regulating the Free T4-T3 levels with blood tests so that is a factor that still needs to be considered. Vitamin supplements and nutrition is also being regulated at this time and 1 hour walking daily if I can, seems to help me mentally but getting a little weight gain around the stomach and concerned about that. That apparently is a T4 T3 and reverse T3 problem I am still doing research on.
—Guest ljay

Medminder App

I use an app on my phone to remind me when to take medications called med minder.
—Guest Pam

Just Mary

I never leave the house without makeup. Therefore, I keep my thyroid medications in my makeup case as a first thing in the morning happening.
—Guest mechak

"Nature" Vreak

The best time for me to take my Levothyroxine is when "nature" calls in the middle of the night. I keep my medications by the sink, along with a bottle of water, which is a place I certainly will not miss. Since I love my morning coffee, I can then enjoy my first cup immediately after waking and not have to wait. Been working for me several years, now! :)
—Guest Marsha

Pill Minder Plus Diabetes Log

As I'm diabetic, I log all my diabetes-related data (blood glucose tests, insulin injections). It's easy to just add my Synthroid to the log too. I use a small seven-day pill-minder just for the Synthroid and I set it on top of my diabetes log at night next to a full glass of water (in a special glass with a lid to keep out dust). First thing every morning, I take that day's Synthroid and log the time and dose in my diabetes log. Then, I go ahead and test my blood glucose, do my insulin injections, etc. It's all right there, ready to go in the morning and it's all tracked in one log. Since I started doing things this way, I almost never forget.
—Guest LaGuitariste

Twice A Day Thyroid Doses?

I am surprised at the number of comments about taking thyroid medications twice a day. I have never heard of anyone doing that before and wonder what the advantage is.
—Guest Avis

Mobile Android Application

I’d always had a problem with taking my medications on time until I found MedOnTime, a free android application. Really good app, helps me keep on track with my medications. I haven't missed a dose since I started using this app.
—Guest Anna

Sleeping AND Functioning

I was diagnosed in 2004. In 2009 I started taking the Levothyroxine at bedtime and this regulated the Circadian Rhythm, which allows me to sleep the WHOLE night AND function during the day. I no longer feel lethargic throughout my body and I no longer wake up during the night -- I sleep soundly. When I took It in the morning, it took me an hour to get out of bed once I woke up and 2 hours to start my day. Since I started taking my medications at bedtime, I FEEL like getting up as soon as I wake and it takes me 10 minutes to start my day. I have the energy I need to do the things I want and need to do throughout the day. I am now on Armour and take that at bedtime.
—Guest Monarch

More N-R-G less Lethargic

Diagnosed in 2004. In 2009, I started taking Levo at bedtime and discovered I could sleep soundly ALL night AND function during the day. I am now taking Armour Thyroid and still take it at BEDTIME. This routine has turned into a habit. This method has given my life back to me. I would never go back to taking it in the morning.
—Guest Monarch

Chew It

I saw a new doctor last week in Arlington, TX and he said the Armour problem is in the delivery system. He told me to chew it and it is much better!
—Guest Teri

High Dose

I read that research in Europe that stated that there is no way you can get the full effect of a larger dose of Levothyroxine. I am on .15 mg so I split it in half, take one half before bed and the other half when I get up to go to the washroom, around 6 am. It seems to have made a substancial difference. My doctor is not a thyroid doctor, but I told him about it and he did not comment one way or the other.
—richcom1

Cat Food and Remembering Thyroid Meds

The title says it all. I always remember my medications because I take them right after I feed my cats. Everyone knows, one can't miss a feline feeding. So it makes it very easy for me not to forget.
—Guest Judith Wiker

Nighttime

I have a 7 day pill box sitting on the kitchen counter. I take my Synthroid each evening about 3 hours after dinner. No evening snacks allowed - a good thing around here! I do wake up for a middle of the night for a pee break too often, but that is better than having to wait to have breakfast and eating alone because the husband had to leave for work.
—Guest Beverly

Remembering to Take My Medication

I set an alarm on my cell phone to go off at 9:00 pm. This is the time that my kids are going to bed and it is also a reminder for me to wash my face. Since the alarm is going off loud and clear, everyone in the house will tell me that it's "pill time!"
—Guest dannysgirl77

Remember To Take Your Pill

I put my pills on my night stand with a bottle of water and take it before I get up.
—Guest Jane
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