Many times our patients must take medication. And sometimes we suggest the patient take their medication in a way that varies from the side of the box. This is based on years and years of patient feedback and study. We want you to get the most out of your medication, and we don’t want it to interfere with other medication you are taking. So if you take thyroid medication, Elmiron, or a PPI, read on to get Dr. Davis’s tips for medication.
THYROID MEDICATION: Thyroid medication should ALWAYS be taken first thing in the morning and with warm to hot water. Wait 20 minutes before eating or drinking anything else. The reason we recommend this is because food, coffee, and other medication will interfere with this medication’s absorption. Taking the medicine with warm to hot water facilitates rapid absorption.
ELMIRON: Elmiron capsules are a recommended treatment for those with Interstitial Cystitis. The Elmiron capsule is made from citrusel which is kind of like Metamucil; it can cause some bloating and gas. If this happens to you, open the Elmiron capsule, dump into a glass of warm water, and drink it. Wait twenty minutes before eating or drinking anything else.
PROTON PUMP INHIBITOR (PPI): PPI medications decrease stomach acid and come in the form of Prevacid, Prilosec, Protonix, Aciphex, Omperazole, or Nexium (not a full list). These medications do a great job of decreasing your stomach acid, but you may not be absorbing the full amount of your other medications. Because of this, take all your important medications first with warm to hot water (this increases your GI mobility, as well). Wait about half hour, then go ahead and take your PPI.
We’ll be sprinkling in more of Dr. Davis’s Tips for Medication in future blogs.