What happens after being diagnosed with hypothyroidism? Will your daily life change? Is the therapy taken every day? Are there foods or medications that can interfere with the therapy? Here you can find all the answers to the most frequently asked questions.
Your doctor will have prescribed treatment with levothyroxine sodium (thyroid hormone).
The treatment will help keep your thyroid hormone levels within the normal range, which will reduce the symptoms of hypothyroidism.
You must take the levothyroxine therapy every day, in the morning, on an empty stomach.
In most cases, hypothyroidism is a chronic illness, meaning it will last your whole life, and therefore so will the therapy.
When you start treatment, it may be necessary to monitor the levels of thyroid hormones in your blood several times to make sure they are within the normal range (your doctor will prescribe these tests).
As certain medicines or supplements (for example, omeprazole, pantoprazole, iron, calcium) can interfere with the absorption of levothyroxine, you should not take them close together and you must tell your doctor you take them.
Several foods and beverages (for example, soya, fiber, coffee, papaya) can affect the way levothyroxine acts, so you must take care not to take them at the same time as the treatment, and you should tell your doctor if you follow a diet that is rich in fiber and soya.
Some gastrointestinal conditions (for example, Helicobacter pylori infection, Coeliac disease, lactose intolerance, chronic atrophic gastritis) can affect levothyroxine requirements, so if you have been diagnosed with any of these conditions, you should talk to your doctor, who will adjust your therapy to meet your needs.
Tell your doctor if any of the symptoms of hypothyroidism persist.
Do not change or discontinue your therapy without consulting your doctor.
It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions, take the prescribed therapy regularly and repeat the tests as you are told.
The information provided on the website www.feelthyroid.com is not intended as a substitute for doctor-patient relations or specialist consultations. It is advisable to always consult your doctor and/or a specialist regarding the information and guidance provided.