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Dr. Oscar Novick
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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 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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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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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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Some foods interfere with thyroid medication absorbtion for hypothyroidism, are drumstick (moringa), Ivy gourd and Jaggery safe to consume?

Some foods interfere with thyroid medication absorbtion for hypothyroidism, are drumstick (moringa), Ivy gourd and Jaggery safe to consume?

Thyroid Rx: Some foods interfere with thyroid medication absorbtion for hypothyroidism, are drumstick (moringa), Ivy gourd and Jaggery safe to consume? ANS: always take thyroid meds on empty stomach and do not eat for 1 hour. ...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.
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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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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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What foods helps out the thyroid, hypothyroidism like don't eat cabbage don't drink coffee?

What foods helps out the thyroid, hypothyroidism like don't eat cabbage don't drink coffee?

No foods: These days there are no foods that help or hinder the thyroid for most americans. The days of "goitrogens" such as cabbage are long gone now that we have sufficient iodide in our diets. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to drink coffee before a thyroid blood test?

Is it possible for me to drink coffee before a thyroid blood test?

You may: If thyroid blood test is the only test you are having, coffee is not likely to materially affect the results. Generally it is better to be fasting for lab tests. ...Read more

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Can I drink tea or coffee while fasting for bloods for thyroid etc?

Can I drink tea or coffee while fasting for bloods for thyroid etc?

Try Not: Fasting for thyroid tests not usually needed so perhaps you are also having lipids, cortisol or blood glucose as well. Best if only water for the 12 hours prior to fasting tests. Some evidence that perhaps caffeine can impact blood sugar very slightly (though may be insignificant). Some sources of coffee (eg via percolator) have oils that raise triglyceride levels. Wait for that cup if you can. ...Read more

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Does the coffee effect the thyroid? Beacuse I suffer from Hypothyroidism what is the solution for it if it effect the thyroid?

Does the coffee effect the thyroid? Beacuse I suffer from Hypothyroidism what is the solution for it if it effect the thyroid?

Coffee thyroid: Does the coffee effect the thyroid? Beacuse I suffer from Hypothyroidism what is the solution for it if it effect the thyroid? ANS: not that I am aware of. It could block absorption of thyroid medication. Discuss with your Dr. Who knows you best. ...Read more

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Is it possible for grave's (thyroid) disease (or methimazole) inhibit iron absorption?

Is it possible for grave's (thyroid) disease (or methimazole) inhibit iron absorption?

Unlikely: Unlikely, it may cause aplastic anemia, may react with anticoagulants like coumadine and may cause liver damage. ...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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Is it possible for you to drink coffee before a fasting blood sugar test for thyroid?

Not advisable: You should observe at least nine hours, preferably 12 hour of fasting. Coffee, even without sugar can alter blood sugar. ...Read more

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I am suffering from constipation and I am taking Thyroxine 75mg for my thyroid, I drink less than 8 liters/day of water, lots of tea/coffee, I am 4?

I am suffering from constipation and I am taking Thyroxine 75mg for my thyroid, I drink less than 8 liters/day of water, lots of tea/coffee, I am 4?

? constipation?: Most common reason reason for constipation is diet. Make a diet diary of what you eat every day and slowly eliminate those foods known to cause constipation. Common foods which do are rice, all grains, milk, bananas. If no relief see a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Should a person with hyper thyroidism take typical thyroid medication like Synthroid (thyroxine)?

Should a person with hyper thyroidism take typical thyroid medication like Synthroid (thyroxine)?

Usually not: Usually, a person with hyperthyroidism has too much thyroid hormone in her body. One would take Synthroid (thyroxine) (synthetic hormone) to make up for a lack of enough thyroid hormone due to HYPOthyroidism. A person with HYPOthyroidism who becomes hyperthyroid due to taking too high of a dose of Synthroid (thyroxine) might be asked to take Synthroid (thyroxine) (at a lower dose) even though she is temporarily hyperthyroid. ...Read more