Will lemon water interfere with my medications?

by Diane

Taking medications with lemon water?

Taking medications with lemon water?


I'm suppose to take my thyroid medication on an empty stomach each morning. I also take my water tablet at this time.

When should I drink the lemon water? I don't want the lemon water to interfere with my medication.


As always, it is important to consult with your physician about medications. Every medication has different contraindications with food, beverages and supplements. Thus, I can't advise since I don't know all the details and I am not a medical practitioner.

What I would do if I were in your shoes is that I would ask my doctor how long after taking the medication I should wait to eat or drink anything.

Thus, in the morning I would take the medication, wait whatever time frame my doctor advised (I would guess it would probably be about 30 minutes) and then drink the lemon water.

Ideally, you would want to drink lemon water about 20 to 30 minutes before breakfast to help with digestion and utilization of nutrients from your food.

Drinking lemon water in the morning is the most beneficial time to take it because doing so will help flush out the toxins that your body has collected for elimination throughout the night, while you were sleeping.

But if waiting to drink lemon water after your medication and before breakfast does not work out with your morning schedule, I would just drink your lemon water about 30 minutes before lunch or dinner if possible.

And if you have a full-time job during the day, then you could always drink the lemon water about two hours after dinner. This would also be beneficial to assist your body's natural detoxification process that occurs while you sleep. However, you don't want to drink too much water right before bed for obvious reasons.

Bottom line: Don't worry too much about when you drink lemon water throughout the day. It will be beneficial at anytime.

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honey water and lemon
by: Harold

I think honey water and lemon should be taken
at lease one hour in the morning before you take
your medication or started eating any food, this give it enough time to get in your blood stream
this is just a suggestion!

NO lemon water with SYNTHROID
by: Zoraida Arboleda, VA

In February 2018, I was feeling terrible. I asked my Doc to check my thyroid levels. TSH up to 30.54. I had been talking my medication faithfully every morning on an empty stomach for the past 23 years. The only difference that I could think is that for the past few months, I had been taking my medication with lemon water.

After adjusting the increasing the dose to Synthroid 175 mcg 5 days a week and 150 mcg 2 days a week(before, it was alternating 175 & 150 mcg every other day) and taking it with just plain water, my TSH dropped to 0.148.

Now that is a little too low, so I am still in the adjustment phase, Synthroid was reduced to 150 mcg M, W, F. Then 175 mcg the other days. I am due for labs soon for a re-check.

But NO lemon water with SYNTHROID. My Doc said, "WOW! Who knew? That is why we say to take meds with plain water"

Your help is highly appreciated!
by: Anonymous

Thank you very much for all explanations posted. It is very kind of you! Best wishes! God bless!

Lemon Juice In the morming
by: Pat Stephens

The comment was very helpful. I was wondering the same thing. I normally drunk the mixture (lemon juice and water) first thing in the morning, and take my medicine afterward. I will switch places with the two. Thank you so much for your comment.

lemon water and blood pressure tablet
by: Anonymous

Is is okay to drink lemon water and a candesartan tablet for blood pressure?

Sorry, but we cannot advise regarding medications. Please ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Lemon and thyroid meds
by: Bren

I am in 120 mg of NDT and for the second time in three months I ended up with a severe migraine and vomiting all day when I drank lemon water approximately an hour after taking my thyroid med.

The first instance didn't really register but now that it's happened twice I really think that that combination of the NDT and lemon water may affect certain people.

Don't take thyroid meds at night
by: Anonymous

Rubbish. Don't take thyroid meds at night. I did this accidentally and was up all night!

Lemon and thyroid
by: Anonymous

Why not take your thyroid medication before you go to bed? As long as you take it two or three hours after you have eaten you should be fine. Somebody else suggested this to me who also takes thyroid medication.

Lemon water instead of sodas
by: Carolyn A. Wright

For the 40 days of Lent I went on a "No Snack Food Diet" with some of my Facebook Friends. The diet only calls for doing it for 21 days, but I decided to do it for the whole 40 days of Lent.

The diet involves...No fast foods, no chips, crackers, sodas, pastries, donuts, biscuits, cookies, muffins, ice cream, cake, candy, chocolate, or white bread. I now have developed the habit of drinking lemon water all throughout the day as a regular beverage.

I can't say that I've lost weight because I didn't weigh in before I started the diet, but drinking the lemon water in two or three mouths-full at a time, has weaned me off of sodas.

Am I doing something wrong with this new drink that I've discovered that I like?


Carolyn, just the fact that the lemon water has helped you to wean off the sodas is a huge health advantage (especially considering the amount of caffeine, sugar, artificial sweeteners and other chemicals that are in most sodas). So, congratulations on that!

Is it possible to overdo the lemon in water? I think so. Be sure to read the Cautions on this page

Drinking Lemon in Water - How Much, How Often, Hot or Cold?

But more importantly, nothing replaces the body's need for plain H2O. Water is water and it is irreplaceable in the body for many biochemical reasons. Adding lemon or other juices to water changes it.

The lemon water is still a fluid that will provide hydration and the other benefits of lemon juice, but it should not completely replace one's intake of plain water throughout the day.

Thus, I generally recommend only adding lemon juice to water once or twice a day and then drinking clean, filtered water the rest of the day.

If you haven't already done so, you might want to read our article

Health Benefits of Drinking Water - The Healthy Cell Concept

Lemons and your thyroid
by: Anonymous

Yes, lemon water will interfere with your thyroid medication, because it has iron in the lemon and you have to leave a few hours from iron when taking your thyroid meds.

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