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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


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    Dr Lukumar Pathumanabhan

    GP (General Practitioner)

    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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