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How important is it to take your thyroid meds everyday at the same time on a empty stomach?Also I heard never take this med w/anyother medications wait at least two hrs.

How important is it to take your thyroid meds everyday at the same time on a empty stomach?Also I heard never take this med w/anyother medications wait at least two hrs.

Thyroid med: Levothyroxine is a very safe drug. The most important thing is to take the medication. It's a long acting med so you don't have to take it at the exact same time each day but it's helpful to take it on an empty stomach. The medications that you cannot take at the same time with levothyroxine is multivitamin, calcium or iron pills as these will interfere directly with the absorption. ...Read more

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I take thyroid medication with food and I feel better then when I take it on an empty stomach. Is this ok to continue to do as long as I feel good?

I take thyroid medication with food and I feel better then when I take it on an empty stomach. Is this ok to continue to do as long as I feel good?

Empty stomach: Synthroid (thyroxine) should be taken on an empty stomach as this would increase absorption. However, I have pts that take it with food. My recommendation is to get TSH levels checked more frequently. You should avoid taking it with walnuts and high-fiber foods. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take both Epilim & Tegretol on an empty stomach? I take a higher night dose of both medications on an empty stomach at bedtime.

Is it ok to take both Epilim & Tegretol on an empty stomach? I take a higher night dose of both medications on an empty stomach at bedtime.

No restriction: You can take these medication on empty stomach. Always ask your doctor about the side effects you may have and how to take your medication. ...Read more

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It is compulsory to take antihypertensive drug empty stomach early morning?

It is compulsory to take antihypertensive drug empty stomach early morning?

No it is not compuls: No it is not compulsory.Bp drugs can be taken in the morning and at night and without regards to food.Only BP meds not to be taken at night are diuretis and those combination drugs containing diuretics. ...Read more

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I am taking ferrous sulfa. Drug 3x daily, and it says to take on an empty stomach.After i take this drug, how long later can I eat?I am anemic.

I am taking ferrous sulfa. Drug 3x daily, and it says to take on an empty stomach.After i take this drug, how long later can I eat?I am anemic.

Ferrous sulfate: This is best absorbed from an acid stomach environment. Take ferrous sulfate on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal. Avoid taking antacids or antibiotics within 2 hours before or after taking ferrous sulfate, and you can probably eat at about the same time. ...Read more

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Is Armour Thyroid taken with other medications, or to be taken seprately and on a empty stomach?

Is Armour Thyroid taken with other medications, or to be taken seprately and on a empty stomach?

Armour Thyroid: Hi, Yes it has to be taken on empty stomach 30-60 minutes prior to the breakfast and no other medication especially supplement for 2-4 hours. ...Read more

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Is it bad to take medicine on an empty stomach?

Is it bad to take medicine on an empty stomach?

It depends: Some medicines actually work best if taken without food. Follow instructions on the packaging and i f you are still not certain, consult your pharmacist or your prescribing doctor. ...Read more