Liothyronine Sodium is used for the treatment of an underactive thyroid called hypothyroidism. This replaces thyroid hormones which are normally made by the thyroid gland. Low thyroid hormone levels may occur naturally or when the thyroid gland is injured by medications or removed by surgery.
Liothyronine Sodium may also be used to treat other types of thyroid problems like:
- Thyroid cancer
How does Liothyronine Sodium work?
Liothyronine Sodium is one of the thyroid hormones produced by the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland produces and releases two hormones: Liothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). Thyroxine is converted to Liothyronine in other areas of the body. Liothyronine is the more active hormone in the body. It is responsible for maintaining a normal rate of metabolism for the whole body.
Liothyronine is given when thyroid hormones fall very low and rapid replacement is needed. Liothyronine does not have to be converted from thyroxine and can act within a few hours. This is given to quickly replace the Liothyronine that would normally have been produced by the thyroid gland. It doesn’t stimulate the thyroid gland to produce greater amounts of thyroid hormones. It simply acts to quickly return the blood levels of Liothyronine to normal levels.
Why use Liothyronine Sodium?
Liothyronine Sodium is a man-made form of thyroid hormone. This helps provide some thyroid hormone. Consuming adequate thyroid hormone helps you stay healthy. This medication may also be used in children. Having sufficient thyroid hormone in children helps them grow and learn normally. Liothyronine Sodium is a prescription approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This is supplied as tablets for oral use.
How to use Liothyronine Sodium?
The dosage for this medication is based on your condition and response. This is to be taken by mouth usually once a day. You may take each dose with or without a meal. It is best to take this at the same time each day. It is to keep your thyroid hormone level at a constant level. Swallow the tablet as a whole with a full glass of water. Do not stop taking this drug without the consent of your doctor.
What are the side effects of Liothyronine Sodium?
- Trouble sleeping
- Increased sweating
- Menstrual changes
Warnings and Precautions
- Before taking this prescription, tell your doctor know if you have any allergies.
- If there are any signs of an allergic reaction occur, call for medical help right away.
- Do not share this with others who have the same symptoms as yours.
- Inform your doctor if you have heart disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes.
- Keep this far from the reach of children.