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You eat breakfast, or drink coffee or milk around the same time as you take your levothyroxine tablets (Levoxyl®, Synthroid®, Unithroid®, or generic levothyroxine).



The food, coffee or milk could be impairing absorption of your levothyroxine.



You have three options: 

  • Ideally, you should always wait 30 minutes to an hour after taking levothyroxine tablets before eating or drinking coffee or milk. 

  • Talk to your provider about taking your levothyroxine tablets at bedtime, instead of the morning. This frees you up to eat and drink in the morning without restrictions. 

  • You can switch to Tirosint® or Tirosint®-SOL, which are resistant to interference from food, coffee and milk.  


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