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Why should I take thyroid meds on an empty stomache?

Why should I take thyroid meds on an empty stomache?

Absorbtion: Food, fluids other than water and other medications can decrease the absorption of the thyroid medication. ...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

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Why does Synthroid (thyroxine) have to be taken on an empty stomach? What will happen if it isn't taken on an empty stomach?

Why does Synthroid (thyroxine) have to be taken on an empty stomach? What will happen if it isn't taken on an empty stomach?

May not be absorbed: Thyroid hormone is best taken on an empty stomach and waiting at least 40-60 min before eating. This is to allow it to be absorbed into the body consistently. People who don't do this tend to have fluctuating thyroid levels so that their dosage is constantly changing. ...Read more

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Do I take the GI cocktail on an empty stomach?

Do I take the GI cocktail on an empty stomach?

Depends on what for: Generally "GI cocktail" is antacid/anti-gas/numbing medicines. Taken when symptoms e.g. heartburn/dyspepsia occur, often to distinguish causes but not as long-term remedy - thus when taken depends more on when sxs than necessarily timing of meals. Would require MD followup esp w Gastroenterologist if persistent to assess causes. Happy to review the details in consultation, if further question ...Read more

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What happens if I don't take my Synthroid (thyroxine) on an empty stomach?? Will this affect my thyroid function? I'm on 137mcg

The synthroid (thyroxine): is more fully absorbed on an empty stomach but the difference in absorption alone should NOT effect your thyroid function ! BUT Its best to take medication (ANY medication) on a REGULAR schedule anyway! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Can I take norgesic on an empty stomach?

Can I take norgesic on an empty stomach?

Yes: Unless you are sensitive to the Aspirin in the medication, there is no reason you can't it on an empty stomach. ...Read more

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Is it best to take oral methotrexate on empty stomach or ok 2 take with full meal 2 prevent nausea? My doc didn't specify but i read different views.

Is it best to take oral methotrexate on empty stomach or ok 2 take with full meal 2 prevent nausea? My doc didn't specify but i read different views.

Take folic acid !: You can take the Methotrexate with food, but you should also take Folic Acid daily to prevent GI side effects. The Folic Acid is an inexpensive b vitamin and will not decrease the effectiveness of the methotrexate. I usually start patients on 1mg of Folic Acid a day, but some patients need more. ...Read more

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What happens if you take trazodone on an empty stomach?

You absorb less: Trazadone can be taken on an empty stomach, and often is when used as a sleep aid. The absorbtion is higher (you get more medication) if taken with food. See link: http://www.drugs.com/trazodone.html ...Read more

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Is it bad to take caffeine pills on an empty stomach?

Is it bad to take caffeine pills on an empty stomach?

Caffeine pills: can reportedly be taken with food or on an empty stomach. ...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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Is it ok to take naproxen on an empty stomach?

No: It is more likely to cause serious GI irritation if taken on an empty stomach. ...Read more

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Can I take doxycycline hyclate WITH FOOD?.....or do I absolutely have to take it on an empty stomach? It makes me go into rages on empty stomach.

Can I take doxycycline hyclate WITH FOOD?.....or do I absolutely have to take it on an empty stomach?  It makes me go into rages on empty stomach.

OK with food: Doxycycline absorption from the intestinal tract is not significantly affected by food. In fact, patients often are instructed to take it with food, to prevent symptoms like yours. ...Read more

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Can i take doxycycline mono 100 mg with food? It says take on empty stomach . Why ?

Can i take doxycycline mono 100 mg with food? It says take on empty stomach . Why ?

Food decreases: Absorption of the doxycycline. Dairy products bind to the doxyclcline and keep it from being absorbed. If you need to take it with food for GI symptoms take it with 1-2 crackers ...Read more

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Should flomax (tamsulosin) norbactin and tramacet be taken on an empty stomach what? what is considered an empty stomach?

Should flomax (tamsulosin) norbactin and tramacet  be taken on an empty stomach what? what is considered an empty stomach?

No: Tamsulosin is meant to be taken 30 mins after the same meal everyday. Unless specified that you have to take without eating you can and should take medicine after having some food as medicine on an empty stomach, meaning you haven't eaten in several hours, can be upsetting. ...Read more

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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