In my clinic I have seen many patients who are
diagnosed to have thyroid disease at
their menopausal age. And, these women also take
calcium supplement on their own thinking that
osteoporosis is universal at menopause. But, they are
unaware that calcium supplement can
interfere with their thyroid medicine. They never
discuss about supplements they are taking on
their own with their doctors and thus,
their parameter of thyroid test may not be
under control even if they are taking proper medicine.
Usually, the medicine for thyroid is taken
before breakfast on empty stomach and
Calcium supplements are taken after breakfast. The reason
for taking thyroid medicine on empty is, to allow
the medicine to get absorbed properly. Calcium can
prevent the absorption of your thyroid medicine. If the gap
of taking thyroid medicine and calcium is very small, like
half an hour, it is not adequate. Calcium supplement can still
interfere in the absorption of your thyroid medicine.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
- Take these 2 drugs at least 3—4 hours apart.
- Take your thyroid medicine empty stomach before breakfast, &
calcium supplement after your lunch.
- Many a time you start supplement like calcium on
your own. You must always discuss all the medicines or
Supplements you are taking with your prescribing doctor.
- Milk is also good source of calcium. So, you should avoid
Taking milk, tea, coffee in the breakfast immediately after
Taking your thyroid medicine.
- You can take your milk, tea, coffee mid-morning in
between your breakfast and lunch.
I know, it might be difficult to change the timing of
your morning milk, tea or coffee. But, taking care of
your thyroid is more important. Getting counselling from
qualified dietitian might help!
That’s all for today,
See you next Tuesday with another Tuesday Tip.
Providing simple solutions for the complexities of life-
Dr Bhumita Makwana
Your Dietitian & Cosmetic Clinician