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Doctor insights on: Iodine Supplements And Synthroid Interactions

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Is iodine an effective supplement when also taken with synthroid (thyroxine)?

Is iodine an effective supplement when also taken with synthroid (thyroxine)?

Only if deficient: Iodine deficiency is quite common. A recent study in boston showed that 50% of pregnant women were iodine deficient. If you are tested and deficient, an iodine supplement will be helpful. There is emerging evidence that iodine deficiency may increase the risk of breast cancer as well as thyroid problems. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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I take 75 Synthroid (thyroxine) after a thyroidectomy. Would an iodine supplement help? How would i know if i were iodine deficient?

I take 75 Synthroid (thyroxine) after a thyroidectomy.  Would an iodine supplement help?   How would i know if i were iodine deficient?

Iodine not needed: The primary organ that uses iodine is the thyroid. If your thyroid is removed, then an iodine supplement will not be of use. In addition, there is a lot of iodine in a normal diet. It is very hard to become iodine deficient in all but a handful of remote regions of the world. ...Read more

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Im taking synthroid (thyroxine) for hypothyroidism and also taking a liquid iodine supplement. Is this ok? what is more effective? will my thyroid get better?

Im taking synthroid (thyroxine) for hypothyroidism and also taking a liquid iodine supplement. Is this ok? what is more effective? will my thyroid get better?

Get Iodine Level: There are still areas in Brazil with iodine deficiency. If you are iodine deficient and have an enlarging thyroid (goiter) and an underactive thyroid the iodine will likely be helpful and your Synthroid (thyroxine) dose may go down (do not take them at the same time). If you are not iodine deficient depending on the thyroid problem, iodine may actually worsen thyroid function. Get your iodine level checked. ...Read more

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61 yr. Female with TSH 12.23 (12 hr. Fast). I supplement a few drops of atomized iodine transdermal. Mom/sister have thyroid issues - take synthroid (thyroxine).

61 yr. Female with TSH 12.23 (12 hr. Fast). I supplement a few drops of atomized iodine transdermal. Mom/sister have thyroid issues - take synthroid (thyroxine).

Hypothryroid: By definition you are hypothyroid, though it would be useful to know your levels of free T3 (liothyronine) & free t4. However, the most important question is if you have symptoms of hypothyroidism- see http://www.Stopthethyroidmadness.Com/long-and-pathetic/
iodine is usually fine but you will likely benefit from taking thyroid if you are symptomatic. ...Read more

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Does Synthroid (thyroxine) contain iodine?

Does Synthroid (thyroxine) contain iodine?

Thyroid hormone: Contains iodine, and synthroid (thyroxine) is thyroid hormone, so there's a very small amount of iodine in it, but not enough to cause problems, even in people who are allergic to iodine. ...Read more

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Can a woman on Synthroid (thyroxine) take iodine?

Why take it?: If you are on synthroid (thyroxine), (thyroxine) you likely are being treated for hypothyroidism. The most common cause in your age group is hashimoto's thyroiditis. Taking iodine makes this condition worse, not better. By the way, synthroid (thyroxine) already contains iodine molecules. ...Read more

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Does Synthroid (thyroxine) interact with iodine?

Indirectly: If the original cause of underactive thyroid was a lack of iodine, then taking iodine will increase thyroid function and may probably make the synthroid (thyroxine) unneeded and make the thyroid function overactive.Otherwise there are no other interactions listed between synthroid (thyroxine) and iodine. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take iodine and Synthroid (thyroxine) at the same time?

Is it safe to take iodine and Synthroid (thyroxine) at the same time?

BAD IDEA: Iodine deficiency is rarely a cause of hypothyroidism in the usa, because there is more than sufficient iodine in our diet. The ingestion of excess iodine will not help your treatment, but it may , in fact, create unpleasant side effects. ...Read more

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I'm on 100mgs of thyroxine for hypothyroidism. I'm trying for a baby can I take a preconception vitamin with iodine in it 150mg. Will it interact. ?

I'm on 100mgs of thyroxine for hypothyroidism. I'm trying for a baby can I take a preconception vitamin with iodine in it 150mg. Will it interact. ?

That's fine: Hi. It's fine to take that prenatal vitamin with that iodine; it won't interact with your l-thyroxine. And just to clarify, you're taking 100 micrograms (mcg), not 100 milligrams (mg). 100 mcg is the same as 0.1 mg, so if you want to use milligrams, it's 0.1 mg. Often your l-thyroxine dose will need to be increased early in your pregnancy. I'm sure your OB is on top of that. Good luck! ...Read more

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After radioactive iodine treatment is it common to need an increase in Synthroid (thyroxine) dose after all remaining thyroid tissue has been abblated?

right amount: After complete ablation of thyroid tissue body needs required amount of thyroid hormone for each person , so requirement will increase due to lack of own thyroid tissue , so synthroid (thyroxine) dose need to be adjusted ( increases ). ...Read more

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I'm allergic to iodine. I am hashi hypothyroid. Can only take brand Synthroid (thyroxine) & cytomel. But when taken together I have a severe allergic reaction.

I'm allergic to iodine. I am hashi hypothyroid. Can only take brand Synthroid (thyroxine) & cytomel. But when taken together I have a severe allergic reaction.

Check w/Pharmacist: If you mean taking the two pills at the same time causes a reaction, but taking either one by itself does not, then you could try taking them several hours apart (like one w/bkfst and other w/dinner). If that fails, will need to talk to endocrinologist to see if can manage on one agent. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take multi vitamin with 150 mcgs. iodine? I don't have thyroid gland removed 2002 I take Synthroid (thyroxine) daily. Any concerns about iodine?

Is it ok to take multi vitamin with 150 mcgs. iodine? I don't have thyroid gland removed 2002 I take Synthroid (thyroxine) daily. Any concerns about iodine?

Excess iodine will: stimulate the thyroid gland to work harder. if you have not had total ablation, and assuming you have some residual however small synthetic activity in the glands, you will notice an increase in thyroid function with your Synthroid, (thyroxine) perhaps mild hyperthyroid symptoms as well. Please talk with your endocrinologist prior to taking supplements like these. ...Read more

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Diagnosed pap thyroid ca august, Synthroid (thyroxine) 125 started, given iodine therapy.Tsh novem 1.8 now 6.1 on same synth dose..Causes?

Diagnosed pap thyroid ca august, Synthroid (thyroxine) 125 started, given iodine therapy.Tsh novem 1.8 now 6.1 on same synth dose..Causes?

Many possibilities: Many factors can affect thyroid hormone and TSH levels for people taking thyroid tablets. The most common is probably people forgetting pills. Forgetting as few as one pill every two weeks could lead to the kind of TSH increase you mentioned. Other causes could include weight gain, change in estrogen levels, taking thyroid pills with calcium or iron supplements, or with food. Work w/ your doc! ...Read more

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I had a partial thyroidectomy and the radioactive iodine treatment for the other side due to goiter-nodule with small cancer. Synthroid (thyroxine) reduced-why?

I had a partial thyroidectomy and the radioactive iodine treatment for the other side due to goiter-nodule with small cancer. Synthroid (thyroxine) reduced-why?

For RAI to Work: The overall treatment is a little confusing as cancer is usually surgically removed, but there are a few reasons to lower your Synthroid (thyroxine). It may be held for a while so your left over thyroid tries to work and will suck up the RAI. The other reason is when the thyroid cells die they will release thyroid hormone. This could temp make you hyperthyroid. Eventually your dose will be adjusted again. ...Read more

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Is it healthy for people on thyroxine supplements to take weight gain powders?

Is it healthy for people on thyroxine supplements to take weight gain powders?

Weight gain: In general it is ok. Make sure you are not on too much thyroxine as it will promote weight loss. ...Read more

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Can dietary supplements be taken with thyroxine? I am due to start on it but am currently taking lots of supplements

Can dietary supplements be taken with thyroxine? I am due to start on it but am currently taking lots of supplements

Calcium, iron beware: The two substances that most commonly cause decreased stomach absorption of thyroid hormone are calcium and iron. We usually recommend that any vitamins, supplements and medicines (e.g. Antacids) that contain calcium and/or iron be taken at least 3-4 hours separated from thyroid pills. Otherwise, the thyroid levels that are absorbed into the body may vary each day. ...Read more

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I am taking Synthroid (thyroxine) for hypothyroid, can I take Super DMZ 2.0 dietary supplement?

I am taking Synthroid (thyroxine) for hypothyroid, can I take Super DMZ 2.0 dietary supplement?

Not enough info : Super dmz 2 is a prohormone. Two steroid base drugs there. I weight lift as part of my work out. I recommend to all my fellow lifters to stay away from synthetic prohormones/steroids. Go natural. Increase your protein intake, lean meat, fish, chicken with good carbs. Use a good whey protein as supplement right after working out. Many in the market. Weight lift first then a small 20 min aerobic. ...Read more

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My wife has a thyroid condition and she is taking Synthroid, (thyroxine) could she consume Fenugreek supplement? Ty

My wife has a thyroid condition and she is taking Synthroid, (thyroxine) could she consume Fenugreek supplement? Ty

Yes: Fenugreek has many health benefits and has no known interaction with Synthroid (thyroxine). See http://tinyurl.com/mcpk93r
for more about fenugreek.
A high percentage of those with hypothyroidism benefit from either adding T3 or changing to natural Thyroid.
See http://tinyurl.com/n4zmkro and
http://tinyurl.com/63ood7
and http://tinyurl.com/pgvyeb8 ...Read more

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Can i take garcinia cambogia supplement with synthroid (thyroxine)?

Can i take garcinia cambogia supplement with synthroid (thyroxine)?

Herbal supplements: There is no literature suggesting that you can not take the gardenia cambodia with synthroid. However, some contra-indicated medications are diabetes medications, iron, potassium, calcium, serotonin, singulair, (montelukast) statins and warfarin. Given your history of obesity, i would be very cautious before taking an herbal supplement and recommend speaking with your private physician first. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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After 20 years on synthroid, (thyroxine) can I switch to a natural thyroid supplement?

After 20 years on synthroid, (thyroxine) can I switch to a natural thyroid supplement?

Natural thryoid med: You can switch to a prescription natural thyroid medication such as armour thryoid or nature-throid. The vast majority of people who try both feel better on natural thyroid. However, some people (those with thyroiditis) may be allergic to some of the components of natural thyroid. Discuss with your doctor. See http://abt.Cm/18gpb3a & http://www.Stopthethyroidmadness.Com/natural-thyroid-101/. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take selenium supplements while on thyroxine? Is it possible that it will help with fertility?

Is it safe to take selenium supplements while on thyroxine? Is it possible that it will help with fertility?

Yes, kind of: Silenium, a trace essential mineral is a good supplement , but should not be taken at the same time as the thyroid pill because it affects absorption. ...Read more

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Is it safe to do herbal cleanses using supplements if you're taking meds like Synthroid (thyroxine) and SSRI meds? Or will it flush meds out of yr system?

Is it safe to do herbal cleanses using supplements if you're taking meds like Synthroid (thyroxine) and SSRI meds? Or will it flush meds out of yr system?

The road to health..: ...does NOT lead through your rectum. Colon cleansing can cause vomiting, electrolyte imbalance, dehydration, jaundice & kidney failure. It was discredited a century ago. It may sound appealing but there is NO scientific evidence for it. None. Claims that toxins in your GI tract cause health problems eg arthritis, allergies, asthma are nonsense. Arm yourself with knowledge, not outdated claptrap. ...Read more

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Should I take weight loss supplements with the drug levoxyl (thyroxine)?

Should I take weight loss supplements with the drug levoxyl (thyroxine)?

Careful of caffeine: As you may already know, many of theses so called "diet" supplements contain caffeine or caffeine like ingredients that tend to raise heart rate. Those who have hyperthyroidism, especially if not treated or under treated, can be at risk of cardiac arrhythmias/fainting spells if large amount of caffeine ingested. ...Read more

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How long should you wait after taking Synthroid (thyroxine) before you take your vitamins and supplements?

How long should you wait after taking Synthroid (thyroxine) before you take your vitamins and supplements?

Thyroid: Typically the recommendation is to wait at least 30 min after your thyroid medication before consuming foods or vitamins. There is some new emerging evidence also that you can take all your weekly thyroid pills in a single dose once weekly. You might want to ask your doctor about this as the studies have shown no difference in long term control and may make it easier for u to take vitamins. ...Read more

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My calcium level is 8.5. Do i need to take a supplement? Also i take Synthroid (thyroxine) and my TSH is 2.380, shouldn't it be closer to 1?

My calcium level is 8.5. Do i need to take a supplement? Also i take Synthroid (thyroxine) and my TSH is 2.380, shouldn't it be closer to 1?

A good idea,,: It would be a good idea to take a supplement, however your level isn't too bad considering your h/o h. Pylori, which hopefully has been cleared up or at least treated. So you might want to see your doctor to get an idea of how much you should take. Your TSH is also not too high as some ranges have up to 5.0 as upper normal, but it's better if toward 1.0 but if no symptoms, leave alone or see dr. ...Read more

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Which vitamin supplements should I take I am already 75mg thyroxine and 50mg of fluoxetine daily?

Which vitamin supplements should I take I am already 75mg thyroxine and 50mg of fluoxetine daily?

If depressed . . . : Depression and hypothyroidism do often run together, but thyroxin alone may not eliminate your depression. For my depressed patients i often suggest a high epa fish oil such as omega-brite, so that they can have at least 1-2 grams epa/day in only 3 capsules. Take this with full meals. Also, consider a multivit that contains 1000mcg l-methylfolate & 1000mcg B12 (methylcobalamin) daily as well. ...Read more

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