A synthetic version of the hormone normally secreted by the thyroid gland, liothyronine is most often prescribed for hypothyroidism, goiter, and to identify thyroid disorders. The hormone is responsible for regulating metabolism and energy.
Most patients take liothyronine on a daily basis for the rest of their lives. It is best to take on an empty stomach. Periodic blood tests and dosage changes may be necessary to ensure that the dosage remains therapeutic. Patients should seek medical advice before stopping the medication or changing the dosage. Different brands of liothyronine can affect the body differently, so patients should not change to a version of the medication from a different manufacturer or to a generic without talking to their doctor. Patients taking liothyronine should wait 4 hours before taking cholestyramine, antacids, or colestipol. Patients should discontinue other thyroid medications before starting liothyronine. The medication should be kept away from heat and moisture.
Chest pain, profuse sweating, rapid heart rate, and feeling nervous or hot indicate thyroid toxicity. Patients experiencing these symptoms should contact their doctor. Liothyronine can also cause hair loss that is normally temporary. This is most common in children.
Liothyronine is well-tolerated by most patients; however, it is not recommended for patients with certain pituitary or adrenal gland disorders, heart disease, congestive heart failure, angina, or diabetes. Liothyronine is believed to be safe for unborn or nursing babies; however, women who are nursing or pregnant should consult their doctor. Patients should advise their surgeon before any surgery that they take liothyronine. It may be necessary to stop liothyronine briefly before surgical procedures. Liothyronine is not meant to be used as a treatment for obesity. Regardless of your health condition, our pharmacists and staff can partner with you and your doctor to find the right compounded or commercial medication to manage your condition. Call us today for more information.
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