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Q:

I've just been diagnosed with diabetes. I also have thyroid problems and high blood pressure for which I take medications. Will one medication interfere with the others?

Dr. William Sullivan

A:

In general, most medications that are used to treat diabetes, hypertension and thyroid disease are compatible. If you are taking a thyroid supplement (levothyroxine), it is recommended that you take it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. The medications that can potentially interfere with taking levothyroxine include iron, antacids, and calcium. As there are many medications used to treat diabetes as well as hypertension, you should discuss with your healthcare provider or pharmacist iwhether the medications you are taking are compatible.