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i notice when i take levothyroxine, i dont really have a "need" to sleep. heart rate, body temp, energy and alertness normal still. is this possible?

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Dr. Robert Kneece
Specializes in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
When to take med: It is best to take lvothyroxine first thing in the morning at least 30 minutes before eating.Also mak sure you have had a recent thyroid test to make sure the dose is correct.

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