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How do you space out meds and supps?!

I understand the basics, it's best to keep calcium and iron at least four hours away from medication, it's best to take medication on an empty stomach and not eat until at least an hour later.

When I was just on levo that was fine. Now I'm taking three separate doses of medication through the day, plus extra supplements. T4, 2 separate doses of T3, iron, vitamin C, magnesium, Vitamin D, cod liver oil and fish oil, B12, B Complex (plus to complete my daily regime 3 tbsps of coconut oil a day, and 3-4 brazil nuts, plus 1 carrot a day for the Vit A.)

I'm finding that unless I clock watch all day I miss something. Last night I took my Vitamin D with my levo because I'd forgotten it earlier, and of course had to google the pairing and found something that suggested it was a bad idea. The day before yesterday I took my iron on an empty stomach and too close to a T3 dose, both bad.

I'm just about to take my second dose of T3 and have realised that to allow four hours either side of my iron supp before T4 I will have to go to bed later than planned.

Is there an online source that helps work out the timings of these things?

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I take my 130 dosage after I get in bed and before I turn out the light to sleep. Not only do I sleep better this way, and feel excellent all day, and I don't worry about all the problems you are experiencing.

BTW, I had to sign in several times before I was permitted to post. Very frustrating.


This is an excerpt from Dr Lowe on the use of T3:-

And finally, why do I specify that the typical patient use one full dose of non-timed-release Cytomel for life? Because extensive testing has shown that this is safe, effective, and most economical—when used within the context of our entire protocol.


I will build up to taking it altogether. I was getting very short of breath a few days into adding T3 to my regime which has made me a bit nervous, but I will work up to it.

I just googled Dr Lowe's protocols, I hadn't heard of this before, thank you.


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