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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more


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Does coffee really interfere with thyroid medication absorption?

Does coffee really interfere with thyroid medication absorption?

Yes: Yes, a recent study done by an italian group and published in thyroid journal showed up to 35% reduction in thyroid level absorption if thyroxine was taken with coffee. ...Read more

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I drink coffee in morning can that affect my thyroid medication? I also take metformin, could that affect absorption?

I drink coffee in morning can that affect my thyroid medication? I also take metformin, could that affect absorption?

Wait for an hour: If you drink black coffee, it shouldn't change your levothyroxine absorption. If you put cream or sugar in it, you should try to wait about an hour after taking you medication. You also ideally would want to wait to take your metformin separately as well. ...Read more

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does coffee affect thyroid medication?

does coffee affect thyroid medication?

Cofee: Very simply - NO! - but as always, too much of a good thing is not OK. ...Read more

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HOW LONG AFTER COFFEE DO I TAKE MY VITAMINS SO AS NOT TO INTERFERE WITH ABSORPTION?

HOW LONG AFTER COFFEE DO I TAKE MY VITAMINS SO AS NOT TO INTERFERE WITH ABSORPTION?

Immediately Whenever: All vitamins are single molecules so plentiful in most foods that humans have not retained all genes/proteins to manufacture out of other molecules, typically missing just 1 step. Food is a complex mix of billions of molecules & body's digestive process deals with the absorption complexities. Yet some people promote fear of ingesting some molecules not in optimal order; rarely a significant issue. ...Read more

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If I am taking B12 "sublingually", then, would drinking a small cup of coffee disturb the B12 absorption?

If I am taking B12 "sublingually", then, would drinking a small cup of coffee disturb the B12 absorption?

NO: by the time it dissolves under your tongue- it should be absorbed and not affected by coffee. ...Read more

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If coffee inhibits iron absorption, how long should I wait to take iron and vit c supplements or do I need to abstain from coffee?

If coffee inhibits iron absorption, how long should I wait to take iron and vit c supplements or do I need to abstain from coffee?

Iron deficiency : If you have a poor iron status or are at high risk of iron deficiency, it would be prudent to avoid drinking both coffee and tea specially with meals. Regarding how long to take iron, this depends on your haemoglobin level and it is better to consult a hematologist if you have iron deficiency. ...Read more

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I take thyroid pills throughout the day. I drink two cups of coffee with milk. How long should I wait before taking my next dose?

I take thyroid pills throughout the day. I drink two cups of coffee with milk. How long should I wait before taking my next dose?

What kind?: How many are you taking, and what kind? What are you taking them for. Ask again and explain. But you know, really! Take them as they are prescribed on the bottle! To do anything else is foolish and can hurt you. How were you told to take them.? ...Read more

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