Diagnoised with Hypothyroidism recently, and

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My endocrinologist prescribed 50 mg of Levothyroxine ~ pharmacist told me to take one hour before breakfast.  Well, my husband sometimes has to get up at 3 a.m. For work, sometimes 6 a.m.  I have been diligent in waking up to take the pill ~ which I have been on for less than a month.  The last couple of mornings, I have bad pain in my upper abdominal area for an hour or so after taking the pill.  Don't know if it is related... But, I am switching to bedtime now that I know it can be taken at night!  Why the doctors/pharmacist do not share this info is beyond me!  

So thrilled to have found your site...I have had so many questions answered in reading just today ~ such as, could I take the pill at night, how many hours after eating, etc.  I also had a fibromatosis issue... Amazing, never thought I was hypo until one day I got up and could hardly function.  The fatigue was unbelievable and the brain fog, too.  However, my 22 month pregnancy belly was unreal ~ within 3 months, I gained 40 lbs and was not eating any differently.   After less than a month on the medicine, I notice a slight improvement in my energy level ~ no other improvements.  I know ~ improvement(s) could take 6 to 12 weeks or longer.  

Will let you know if taking the medicine at bedtime alleviates the upper stomach pain.

So excited and grateful for your site... Thank you, again & again!

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    Just want to add a big thank you myself! Having a hypothyroid problem is bad enough but then on top of that you've dr's and endocrinologists who don't HEAR you and brush you off with a prescription that doesn't work. Without this site I don't know where I'd be. So much more information than anywhere else. smile And the support is great.
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    Hello  Sandy:

    My name is Shelly & I am a nurse in the USA  I have Hashimoto's Thyroid disease since 1987.

    You can take Levo at night if you wish.  I take cytomel a thyroid med at night.  As long as the stomach has no food it is  okay.  Do not mix it with food as it  will block it from working.

    Some  people feel it may keep them awake but each of us is different  and it does not keep me awake.

    Please keep us updated on how you do.


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    Thanks, Shelly!

    i did start the Levothyroxine last night.  Nothing unusually with my sleep... I tend to wake several times during the night ~ for shorter periods of time since I have been on the medicine.  

    Usually, we eat dinner at 6 p.m. And go to bed as early as 9:30 p.m.  Is that enough time between dinner and bedtime to take my Levothyroxine??

    Hi, Mary!

    you're absolutely correct!  Among the many doctors I saw (because I knew something was wrong with my body), one doctor actually prescribed sleeping pills!!  Of course, I never returned to him...

    just st a suggestion, if you are having a problem finding a good endocrinologist, inquiry with your pharmacist.  I got tired of going to one doctor after another to no avail, then I approached my pharmacist about my symptoms and she suggested the endocrinologist I am seeing now.  This doctor, listened to me, reviewed my list of symptoms and sent me for a major blood draw @ 7:00 a.m. ~ because she explained that th thyroid hormones are at their highest levels of the day between 7 & 8 a.m.  Guess what???  Diagnosed with hypothyroidism.  Takes time, unfortunately, to find the doctor who will listen ~ but also has the knowledge of how to treat thyroid issues rather than saying "your numbers are within range"!  

    I agree ~ this site is fabulous and so informative!


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      Hello Sandy:

      As long as 1 hour goes by and even longer is better, tn you can take your pill at 9:30.pm.  So if you eat at  6 pm or so that long enough.

      Keep us posted on how you ,



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