October 19, 2015

The Habit of Taking Medications, Vitamins and/or Supplements

Most of us take medications or some kind of pills each day.

For me, it is important to have this on cruise control so I don't miss something. I have the issue of having to take certain pills at different times so they don't counteract others. Some medications cannot be taken with a vitamin supplement because certain things prevent absorption of certain medications.

Vitamin D is something I have to take but it prevents my thyroid medication from doing it's job. Calcium also blocks thyroid med absorption.  Some things cannot be taken with Vitamin C or with iron supplements. Talk to your doctor about these issues and make a plan to avoid them.

It is a simple fix for me. I just take the thyroid pill at night and the multivitamin in the morning. One just before bed that is linked to brushing my teeth and the other with my morning water routine before breakfast. My Lupus medication can actually be taken twice per day and with food so I take one with breakfast and one with dinner when I am on them.

Other pills, like allergy pills or decongestant/mucus pills, need to be checked with a contraindications chart or a pharmacist, nurse, or doctor before adding them. If you are taking herbal supplements or essential oils please check those with a professional before you use them to be safe as well. Do not put yourself in jeopardy.

Sometimes lifestyle/food/beverage choices cause problems... smoking, drinking alcohol, some foods you eat might be affecting the potency of your meds, coffee, certain juices, taking with or without food.  Make sure you take a look at all of these factors.

If you still forget or are not sure when to take them then it might be time for a pill taker box and a conference with your doctor.  I have used those little pill boxes when I had a plethora of meds when I have been sick or when the kids have been sick.  There is no shame in it so just do what works for you!  You don't want to miss taking medications or have them be ineffective when you do take them.

Do you have a system that works for you?  

Please share it with us!



For Further Reading or Help 

You can add an app to your phone or check online with the Drug Interactions Checker or one from RXList.com for any contraindicated items.

Mistakes People Make When Taking Thyroid Medications



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