I have been taking synthroid for about 15 years. Don't let the pharmacy give you generic. That is even more important that the food and vitamin rules. It is really not the end of the world if you don't time breakfast quite right. The important thing is to try to be consistent. I usually take my synthroid just before or just after I shower. I have never been a big breakfast eater, so by the time I am hungry for something it has probably been long enough. However, if I do need to eat sooner for some reason, I don't sweat it. The most important thing is to take it every day. Even if you forget until dinner time, take it then. I don't know how much they explained to you, but you aren't going to cause any problems by eating or taking vitamins too soon. It just makes the synthroid less effective. In fact, I have used this to my advantage before. If I'm feeling a little high (you can recognize it after a while) I take my pill with food, until I feel normal again. I don't take a ton of vitamins, so I just take them all before bed.
Thanks for the info mattie426:) Actually, the pharmacy did give me the generic (without asking for it)... What's the problem with it?? This is day #2 on it and I don't really notice anything different yet. I've actually decided to take it first thing with the recommended 8 oz of water and (so far) have been alright waiting to eat or drink anything else for an hour. I too am not a big breakfast eater, I usually don't eat anything until 10 or 11 but with taking the synthroid around 7am, that puts it pretty close for taking my vitamins and supplements with food like I normally do (4 hours after as recommended). I don't want to cause it to be less effective, so I've been waiting to take my first round of supplements for the day until at least noon. I think I've got it covered but am really curious about the generic thing...?