This can happen if you change brands, or if you are first given a generic medication.
If you see changes in your levels after refilling your prescription, this could be the issue at play. Be aware of staying with your brand.
Mistake #2 – Don’t Adjust Per Symptom
You really shouldn’t adjust your pills if you aren’t feeling well. While it may be too true that some are taking too much medication, in general, that may not be the issue here.
Two things to consider:
- First, you cannot always know which way the medication is off for you. Any symptom from too much can look the same as too little.
- Or, you could be tired or not feeling well for reasons beyond your thyroid. It is possible that more thyroid might mask your fatigue for a while.
If you do not feel well, you may need your medication adjusted. But, you shouldn’t do it on your own – touch base with your medical provider, get tested, and figure out what to do next.
Mistake #3 – Only Take With Water, Always!
Don’t take your thyroid medication with anything besides water. One of the major mistakes that people make when learning how to take thyroid medication properly, is that they take it with something besides water.
There’s a long list of nutrients, compounds, and more that can lead to thyroid hormones not being absorbed into the body. Water reduces this risk to zero.
Mistake #4 – Don’t Skip Days
This might sound obvious, but if you refill medication for a 30-day supply, it should only take 30 days. If you have some left at the end of 30 days, it means you’re missing a super important part of the process – taking your thyroid medication consistently.
Some kinds of thyroid hormones take 4-6 weeks for a steady blood level, and your body feels at its best when that is consistent. If you are taking different amounts or skipping days, it is not level and you are not giving your body a fair shake.
In short, your body works best with a super steady amount. Give your body a chance by giving it the opportunity to get a regular amount.
Mistake #5 – No Doubling Up
If you do miss a day, don’t double up. If you end up missing a day, please just try to do better tomorrow – because there really is no help in taking twice the medication in one day.
Two pills the next day is the opposite of consistent. It will create a drop-off and a surge, so you will want to remain consistent (as I mentioned in the point before).
Mistake #6 – Don’t Break Up or Chew Pills
Breaking up a pill or chewing it may feel like you are doing yourself a favor when it comes to absorption, but it is simply causing more issues.
Chewing creates an inconsistent absorption timeline in your body. You will want to maintain the same timeframe for absorption, so swallowing all at once is a must.