I just learned something from a pharmacy staff member at Walgreen's. I have been taking synthroid for several years. I also take a medication for blood pressure. For the sake of convenience I have been taking them first thing in the morning both at the same time. The person at Walgreen's told me never to take anything with the synthroid and to wait an hour before consuming anything else.
I have been taking that stuff for at least 20 years and have changed doctors several times. NOBODY has ever told me to do this. Please check with your pharmacy about any medications you are taking. The people at my Walgreen's can rattle off info at the drop of a hat without looking anything up. I hope this helps someone.
By MartyD from Houston, TX
Good tip! Also be sure to ask your pharmacist about possible interactions with over counter medications, including even for headaches or colds, that could occur with your prescriptions! Another thing to do, if you use more than one pharmacy for prescriptions, is to make sure they each know all of the medications you take! Pharmacists have as much training and keep updated as much, if not more, than doctors do!
I also take synthroid and have for many years but my bottle came with instructions to take on an empty stomach. I always talk with my pharmacist when I get new medicine. Also some foods do not mix with certain medicines. Deeli you are right, pharmacists do keep up and know more about the medicines than doctors. I always ask both and see what answer I get from each.
All scripts from the pharmacy are supposed to by law have the information with them that come from the companies to be given to the patients. This also includes warnings on what should not be taken with this med. The most important are put on as stickers right on the bottle.
My pharmacist (all my life) has been the one who is asked questions of. Anytime I have an issue, he is the one who tells me to contact the clinic for such and such instead of what was given. Also the one to know if I have an allergy noted about one drug that a new drug with a new name should not be given as well.
They are the lifesavers of patients many times over.
And yes, your thyroid medication needs the 30 minute window without any other meds/foods, etc and more time when adding certain medication to follow. Your BP medication should have had food with taking it, food in the stomach to help absorb it to get it moved properly through the body without reactions.
I run a health support group and the pharmacist is a frequent visitor with information for all.
FYI--drinking fruit juice and milk are many contraindicators of food substance you should ask about with each medication. As well as you should ask what over the counter should have precautions.
And not to overload with info-but this is important What time of the day to take each med or over the counter. There are time of the day they work better in our bodies than other.
IE: Cholesterol meds, calcium/Vit D3 at bedtime, late evening. Our bodies make the cholesterol while we deep sleep (2-4 am) and our bodies do repair needing the Calcium/VD3 for same reasons.
Take your list to your pharmacist if they don't already have a complete list.
Great advice. Pharmacists have a wealth of knowledge and the time to explain things to you. They are the most underused health professionals that there is. Consult with them about your medications, make it a habit!
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