When and How to Take It

A few general considerations for when and how to take Levothroid include the following:
  • The medication comes in tablet form and is taken once a day, typically in the morning.
  • It is best to take Levothroid on an empty stomach, about 30 to 60 minutes before breakfast.
  • If necessary, a tablet may be crushed and mixed with one or two teaspoons of water. This mixture must be taken immediately (it should not be stored).
  • Your healthcare provider will adjust your dose based on the results of certain blood tests. Be sure to tell your healthcare provider if you have missed any of your doses, as this may affect any dosing adjustments.
  • Try to take Levothroid at the same time each day to keep an even level in your blood.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Levothroid will not work if you stop taking it.

Dosing Information

The dose of Levothroid your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • Your age
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • The results of certain thyroid blood tests
  • Any other medications you are taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Levothroid Dosage for more information.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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