How can you care for yourself at home?
Take your thyroid hormone medicine exactly as prescribed. Call your doctor if you think you are having a problem with your medicine. Most people do not have side effects if they take the right amount of medicine regularly.
Take the medicine 30 minutes before breakfast, and do not take it with calcium, vitamins, or iron.
Do not take extra doses of your thyroid medicine. It will not help you get better any faster, and it may cause side effects.
If you forget to take a dose, do NOT take a double dose of medicine. Take your usual dose the next day.
Tell your doctor about all prescription, herbal, or over-the-counter products you take.
Take care of yourself. Eat a healthy diet, get enough sleep, and get regular exercise.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It’s also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
- You passed out (lost consciousness).
- You have severe trouble breathing.
- You have a very slow heartbeat (less than 60 beats a minute).
- You have a low body temperature (95°F or below).
Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:
- You feel tired, sluggish, or weak.
- You have trouble remembering things or concentrating.
- You do not begin to feel better 2 weeks after starting your medicine.
- Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor if you have any problems.
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