There are days when I find that I can hardly remember what I did 10 minutes ago let alone what I did first thing upon waking up. So, when I get home from work and think to myself “gosh self you seem tired today… oh crap, did I forget to take my ‘anti-cancer’ pill today?” I find myself in a pickle of what to do! Do I become an old lady and start using my handy daily pill dispenser so I can remember if I took my pill or not? Would it really make a difference if I did?
Here’s the thing, my pill should be taken 12hrs after last eating (empty stomach) and you cannot eat within 1hr of taking it and there are several other medications/vitamins/foods that you cannot take within 4hrs of taking the pill. So really, the only time you can take it is in the morning.
What can happen if I take 2 pills the next morning? Well in a sense I can OD my body on thyroid hormone. I can have heart palpitations, have anxiety attacks, insomnia… basically everything in the body speeds up. If I don’t take it at all, quite the opposite happens and everything slows down.
Since taking too little hormone takes a while to cause real problems (except being super tired) and too much hormone can be a danger if the heart rate goes too high, I guess if I can’t remember if I did/didn’t take it that morning I should err on the side of caution? Or maybe I should just suck it up and start using the pill box and take it when I realize I have forgotten it even if it isn’t quite as effective on a full tummy… What would you do?