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Levothyroxine and Walnuts

I take generic Levo for Hashimotos, but I read on Synthroid's website that walnuts are contradicted when taking their version.  I called and talked to one of their doctors on the phone, but they couldn't answer why it is contradicted, or how long you should wait before taking meds and eating them.  From what I get, it is because of the fiber content (?) of the walnuts.  Again, I have never seen this on any Levo pamphlet, but found this interesting.

Is taking walnuts a 'bad' thing with Levo? (I don't take Synthorid).  I wait at least two hours before eating them in the morning, but it seems like Synthorid is saying you can't have them 'ever'.  Or at least they can't answer that question.

Thank you!
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Certain foods, including walnuts, can interfere with the absorption of Synthroid, as well at other replacement thyroid hormones, such as Levothyroxine, Levoxyl, etc.   The recommendation is to separate these foods from the medication by 2-4 hrs.  Of course, it would depend on how many walnuts one is eating, but if there's proper separation there shouldn't be any trouble with absorption.

Most medication pamphlets don't have some of these specific cautions on them. When I was taking Levoxyl, it cautioned against "certain foods" but didn't list them all.  
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Great, thank you Barb!  :) That's what I was thinking also.  It's only a sprinkling of crushed walnuts, and I always have breakfast several hours after taking my Levo.
If you're waiting several hours to eat and only eating a small amount of Walnuts, I'm sure you'll be fine if you haven't already noticed an issue with them.  

The main things you need to be careful of are taking supplements (such as calcium) and/or eating large amounts of foods that contain substances that prevent absorption.  For instance, taking a calcium supplement is much more calcium than, say, a dribble of milk in your coffee; or taking a fiber supplement would provide way more fiber than a sprinkle of walnuts, etc.   As they say - moderation is the key.
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