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Can you mix synthroid and grapefruits???

Sorry, I know my question is random...I just heard that grapefruit juice can affect metabolism and was wondering if anyone knew if it was ok to be taking Synthroid and eating a grapefruit....thanks!
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I'm not sure what the official medical answer is regarding grapefruit juice and Synthroid, but I have never noticed a difference when I drink pink grapefruit juice vs. any other juice.

I know grapefruit juice is a no-no with certain meds (my Mom can't drink it because of one of her post-heart attack medications), but I have never seen any warnings regarding synthroid.
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I'm addicted to grapefruit in the winter when I can't get any other fresh, summer fruits.  I eat a half almost every day...don't think it's affect me.
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I found a list of foods at one time that people on thyroid meds should NOT eat because they interfere with the absorption of the meds - I'm almost positive that grapefruit was on that list........ I'm going to have to try to find it again because *I* love grapefruit and juice- but quit eating it when I read that list......that means that I gave/threw away almost all the grapefruits off our tree last year...........Oh woe is me...................lol
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I wouldn't eat grapefruit or drink the juice within a few hours of taking levo.  I take my pill first thing in the morning, and grapefruit is my lunch.  Five hours later, the pill is long ago absorbed.
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Isn't it ironic how everything that goes in our stomachs has to be centered around the levo???  And I have so many people say to me "you're getting your thyroid med, why aren't you ok all the time"??   I take my pill when I get up at 3:00 am and figure that by 9:00 - 11:00, I should be safe to eat most things, but I have pretty much tried to avoid most of the things that are on the "no no" list, just in case........so you're saying that after a few hours, I'm safe to eat pretty much everything?  

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Well, I may be a bit cavalier about it.  But, I figure they tell you not to eat for a half hour to an hour after.  And, they tell you not to take other meds or supplements for four hours (like calcium).  I think about taking something like an aspirin.  In half an hour, it's in your bloodstream.  So, I imagine the levo is, too.  Calcium is known to interact with levo, and you can take that a few hours later.  So, why not food?  I just try to keep my breakfast routine pretty constant so that even though something may be interfering with absorption, it's doing it on a daily basis, and I might just have to take a smidge more levo to compensate.
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need a list of veggies and food that I can eat while on synthroid
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It's easier to get a list of things NOT to eat.  Try googling "goitrogens", which are foods that inhibit thyroid function and/or absorption of thyroid medications.

Here's a couple I found:
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=george&dbid=47
http://thyroid.about.com/cs/drugdatabase/f/goitrogen.htm

Basically, you should avoid a lot of cruciferous veggies (including, but not limited to: cabbage, broccoli, turnips, radishes, cauliflower, etc), soy products, etc.
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Grapefruit is not on the list, has neer been on the list either, but it also is not one of the highly tested ones. I find That If I eat a whole grapefruit in a day I get cramps and gas and diaria, but that could be the antioxidents working against me.
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