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Doctor insights on: Does Decaffeinated Coffee Affect The Absorption Of Thyroid Medication

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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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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Is it possible that decaffeinated coffee have bad side effects?

Yes even: decaffeinated coffee can have side effects. But were there particular side effects you were concerned about? ...Read more

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I ordered decaffeinated coffee, but later found out it was regular. Is there something I can do to offset the caffeinated affects?

I ordered decaffeinated coffee, but later found out it was regular. Is there something I can do to offset the caffeinated affects?

Calming teas: Chamomile tea can be calming and reduce the effect of caffeine. So can passionflower or lemon balm tea. You should also sit or lie down and take several slow, deep, intentional breaths to help calm you as well. ...Read more

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I know coffee should be avoided for heartburn. However, is decaffeinated coffee ok?

I know coffee should be avoided for heartburn. However, is decaffeinated coffee ok?

Probably not: While obviously decaffeinated coffee is caffeine free, it is still quite acidic and can cause significant irritation. ...Read more

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Can caffeine interfere with conceiving? And if so is decaffeinated coffee a better option?

Can caffeine interfere with conceiving?  And if so is decaffeinated coffee a better option?

See below: Yes caffeine can interfere with conception and has been associated with miscarriage with high amounts. Drink no more than 1 to 11/2 8oz cups a day. You can drink decaff, but beware that it does have small amounts of caffeine. ...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