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For people with Down syndrome, family members, caregivers and professionals.

Taking My Thyroid Medication Visual

September 2022 | Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L - Occupational Therapist, Adult Down Syndrome Center

Several endocrine conditions, including hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), are more common in people with Down syndrome compared to people without Down syndrome. Levothyroxine (Synthroid, Tirosint, Levoxyl) is a medication that is often prescribed to treat hypothyroidism. Typically, health care providers recommend taking levothyroxine with water on an empty stomach at the same time each day (frequently, in the morning) and waiting at least 30 minutes before eating or drinking. This helps the body absorb the medication appropriately. 

We created the visual handout below to support individuals with Down syndrome and hypothyroidism. Click or tap on the image to open a printable PDF version of the visual. 










More resources on endocrine conditions can be found in this section of our online Resource Library. 

Please note: The information on this site is for educational purposes only and is not intended to serve as a substitute for a medical, psychiatric, mental health, or behavioral evaluation, diagnosis, or treatment plan by a qualified professional. We recommend you review the educational material with your health providers regarding the specifics of your health care needs.