Synthroid and Breakfast Foods

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IH8Ticks
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   Posted 8/1/2010 5:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I just added Synthroid for my hypothyroidism. I am already on Cytomel. I am having trouble finding something to eat for breakfast that won't conflict with the Synthroid. I'm trying to avoid iron, calcium, and fiber. I eat eggs, but I need something more. I've been reading the labels, and it seems like most breakfast foods are fortified with one or more of these things. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks.

couchtater
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   Posted 8/1/2010 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   
How about waffles, turkey bacon, granola, poptarts, and fruit?
Ever made homemade french toast? A little milk, an egg, mixed up, dip bread in, grill until brown on stovetop.
A small amount of calcium, fiber, and iron is okay. It's large quanities that affect it.
Just make sure to wait 30 minutes after taking the medicine to eat. Also, take it with a full glass of water.
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IH8Ticks
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   Posted 8/1/2010 6:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the suggestions. For some reason, the last few times I've had waffles, they've made me sick. I looked at turkey bacon, but it seemed like I'd have to eat quite a bit of it to get the calories I need. Everything like granola and poptarts seemed to have iron added to it. How much iron is too much? I used to have bean for breakfast for the fiber and sodium (I have low blood pressure). Beans have iron, so I wasn't sure I should eat those anymore. I am very lactose intolerant too, which gives me even fewer choices. I can't handle too much fruit. I eat my daily fruit for lunch with a protein smoothie. Some fruit, like bananas, also have iron in them.

I take the Synthroid an hour before breakfast with some other supplements that require me to wait to eat.

couchtater
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   Posted 8/1/2010 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   
You're not suppose to take iron pills, calcium pills, or fiber supplements with it. Because they bind with the synthoid. If you have to have the pills your doctor has to adjust the level of the synthoid to allow for the binding.
However, I believe small amounts in a natural diet will be safe will be safe.
You said your lactose intolerant? Do you use lactose free milk or take the lactact pills? Avoid soy milk it can affect the absorbing, too.
Joy

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IH8Ticks
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   Posted 8/1/2010 9:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't take iron or calcium pills per se, but my daily multi-vitamin and vitamin C (buffered) have iron and calcium in them. I've shifted those to the evening. I also shifted my supplements with vitamin B5 (calcium pantothenate) to the afternoon - at least 4 hours after I take the Synthroid. The only problem is that I am supposed to take those supplements in the morning for energy. I may have to stop taking them altogether.

The instructions with the pills were specific about dietary intake of these things, but I've seen sites that recommend against eating foods containing these things at least 4 hours from taking Synthroid. It makes it very difficult to take though.

The only dairy I can tolerate is kefir, which I use to mix up my protein smoothies. I use Lactaid as well, but it only does so much good. I don't use soy because of the estrogen-like chemicals in it.

Layla_Lee
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   Posted 8/2/2010 12:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been on synthroid for years. I take my multi-vitamin at night now, but I still take my B12 in the morning (around 10:30, I take my synthroid around 7:30). I've been told iron is okay after 2 hours, the full four is only needed if you are actually taking the Iron supplement.

Honestly, I will take my synthroid and eat five minutes later, I rarely wait the 30 minutes-1hr (I wake up hungry and have no patience). I don't use a full glass of water. I've taken other pills with it. And I've never had any problems with my levels behind high or low.

IH8Ticks
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   Posted 8/2/2010 1:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I am probably being overly cautious about it, but I just started taking this. I could really use the benefits of it, and I don't want to do anything to negate the effects. I'm on the smallest dose too, so I'm afraid that even a little bit of conflict could prevent me from absorbing enough. I'll figure it all out eventually. Thanks everyone for your help.

Sunshine4
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   Posted 7/18/2012 10:32 AM (GMT -6)   
IH8Ticks...google...Dr. David Brownstein...he is a physician in Michigan who is an expert on the Thyroid. Go to his site...it will change your life. Good luck!!

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   Posted 7/18/2012 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I started taking levothyroxine way back before they started all the "don't take it with this or that" warnings, and I've always taken it in the morning when I get up and then eaten about a half hour later. At various times I've taken it with calcium, iron supplements, pretty much whatever else I'm taking at the time. My labs have been rock-solid and I've had no symptoms of hypothyroidism, so guess in my case it doesn't make enough difference to worry about. I have no natural thyroid hormone, so know my body isn't picking up any slack for me.
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Recoveryme2day
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   Posted 7/31/2012 7:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Me too with the levoxyl, at least until lately and that apparently is EBV or CFS although I am going to see my Endo. I was intrigued by the post about soy-milk and estrogen and i read something about estrogen and thyroid meds? I'm in surgical menopause and 44 so no hormones is not an option(I tried it)?
Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Brain Tumor 2nd, crainiotomy 2002, radiation 2007, mild scoliosis, carpal tunnel, surgical menopause, 44yrs old and on disability since 2009.
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