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Liothyronine Sodium

Liothyronine Sodium

What is liothyronine?

Liothyronine is a man-made form of a hormone that is normally produced by your thyroid gland to regulate the body's energy and metabolism. Liothyronine is given when the thyroid does not produce enough of this hormone on its own.

Liothyronine treats hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone). Liothyronine is also used to treat or prevent goiter (enlarged thyroid gland), and is also given as part of a medical tests for thyroid disorders.

Liothyronine should not be used to treat obesity or weight problems.

Liothyronine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Serious Side Effects of Cytomel

  • Chest pain or pounding in the chest
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Rapid or irregular pulse
  • Leg cramps
  • Excessive sweating
  • Sensitivity to heat
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Nervousness

How to take liothyronine

Before you start the treatment, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet from inside the pack. It will give you more information about liothyronine and will also provide you with a full list of the side-effects which you could experience from taking it.

Take liothyronine exactly as your doctor tells you to. It is usual for your doctor to give you a small dose (such as ½-1 tablet a day) when you first take liothyronine, and then for your dose to be gradually increased to two or three tablets daily, taken spaced out throughout the day.

Take the tablet with a drink of water. You can crush it if it makes it easier for you to swallow. You can take liothyronine either before or after meals.

Dosage And Administration

The dosage of thyroid hormones is determined by the indication and must in every case be individualized according to patient response and laboratory findings.

Liothyronine Sodium Tablets, USP are intended for oral administration; once-a-day dosage is recommended. Although liothyronine sodium has a rapid cutoff, its metabolic effects persist for a few days following discontinuance.

Storage And Handling

Store At 20° To 25°C (68° To 77°F)