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    Recent thyroidectomy & on thyroxine - what meds can I take given my other conditions?

    Hi I recently had a total thyroidecomy and now just started thyroxine but been told to have it on an empty stomach and I can no longer take certain meds or eat diary or take calcium iron and other medications for 2 hours after.

    My problem is that I take a lot of medication and vitamins due to other health problems, UC, Diabetes, depression etc., I have and this is now making me anxious cause I don't know how to organise myself with my medication and diet can you suggest any ideas or advise who I should speak too to help me. thank you
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    Leading Melbourne Accredited Practising Dietitian -Mark Surdut APD AN. Mark runs a practise in North Caulfield with expertise in Medical Nutrition Therapy. Mark has a ... View Profile

    …the best person to ask about medication organisation is a pharmacist.
    you are in fact fortunate to be aware of what meds interact with which other meds and which meds are effected by foods - many people are not armed with this info - and there medications are less effective as a result.
    Some meds also effect the body's levels of vitamins/minerals such as B12, Folate and Calcium, to name a few. a dietitian that has up to date access to food-drug interactions, may also be able to help, but commence with your pharmacist.

    you'll get there!

    stay well

    MS

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    Dr Lukumar Pathumanabhan

    GP (General Practitioner)

    I am an experienced GP having more than 15 years of postgraduate experience. I have spent most of my general practice in rural NSW where ... View Profile

    Thyroxine better absorbed on an empty stomach.  You may take thyroxine as soon as you get up with a glass of water.  Other meds like diabetic medication better taken during breakfast (if it is your morning meds).  You don't need to change anything for your afternoon or evening meds.

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