Thyroid Medication & Thyroid Lab Testing: How to do it RIGHT
When you take your thyroid medication matters quite a bit when it comes to your thyroid lab tests.
If you take your medication RIGHT before you get your labs drawn then you risk making your lab tests look more hyperthyroid than they really are.
Conversely, you can avoid taking your thyroid medication for a few days prior to when you get your labs drawn to make yourself look more hypothyroid than you really are.
This information is very important for ALL thyroid patients.
So how should you take your thyroid medication in relation to when you get your labs drawn?
For most people, you will want to wait 24 hours BEFORE you get your labs tested. If you take your thyroid medication first thing in the morning then get your labs FIRST and then take your medication.
For instance, if you normally take your thyroid medication at 7:00am every morning and you have your labs scheduled at 8:00 am then you will want to get your labs drawn FIRST (before taking your thyroid medication) and then take your thyroid dose once you get back.
If you want to look more hyperthyroid: take your medication then wait 2-3 hours and then get your labs drawn.
If you want to look more hypothyroid: avoid taking your thyroid medication 2-3 days before you get your labs drawn.
If you take your thyroid medication at night, then skip your night dose and get your labs first thing in the morning THEN Take your thyroid medication and get back on your night routine that night.
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