Re: How important is taking synthroid without food?
Synthroid's prescribing information states that the absorption rate on an empty stomach is between 40 and 80%. That's a big spread, but there is lots of variation in that rate from person to person, depending on age and other factors. Obviously, you want to maximize the amount of med you're getting.
If you absolutely can't wait to put food in your stomach for at least a half hour - although 1 hour is best - go ahead and have a few ounces of milk or juice or whatever. Just be sure to have the same thing each and every morning without fail. If you aren't consistent about the way you take your med, your levels will never stabilize. If you insist on having food with it, understand that you are going to need a higher dose - because of lower absorption - than you would if you didn't eat with it. That can be a problem if you have an MD who sets a limit on how much he/she is willing to prescribe for patients, which happens.