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Liothyronine (Cytomel)

Liothyronine, marketed under the name Cytomel, is used in the treatment of hypothyroidism and for several other indications. Farmington Drugs & Medical Supplies provides  patients who need Liothyronine prescriptions at our home pharmacy or via free local deliveries for prescription refills.

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  • Usage

    Liothyronine, marketed under the brand name Cytomel, is a medication used in the management of certain thyroid disorders. While liothyronine and levothyroxine are both used in the treatment of thyroid disorders, they differ in that liothyronine is a version of the thyroid hormone T3 while levothyroxine is a version of the thyroid hormone T4. Both hormones are found in Armour Thyroid. As Cytomel, liothyronine is available as liothyronine sodium. After oral ingestion, the T3 is almost completely absorbed within 4 hours. After a biological half life of approximately 60 hours, most of the liothyronine metabolites are excreted by the kidneys. Liothyronine should be stored between 15° C and 30° C.

  • Liothyronine – Side Effects

    Liothyronine can cause side effects when used. Side effects from liothyronine use include palpitations, nausea, headache, nervousness, tremors, weakness and weight loss. Liothyronine should not be used in people with adrenal cortical insufficiency. Liothyronine can interact with other drugs and should be used with caution when done so. Liothyronine and alcohol should not be used concomitantly. Before using liothyronine, it is important to discuss potential side effects with a medical provider and pharmacist.

  • Cost Information

    Liothyronine 5 mcg tablets are moderately affordable, costing 30 cents per tablet at many pharmacies. Some insurance plans may cover the cost of liothyronine prescriptions and liothyronine coupons may also be available online to cover any other costs associated with the medication. Farmington Drugs & Medical Supplies takes pride in offering the most cost efficient services and prescriptions to our patients.

  • Dosage

    The liothyronine dosage used by a medical provider is dependent on patient characteristics such as age, weight, and other medical conditions. Often, liothyronine (Cytomel) is administered once daily, starting at liothyronine 5 mcg orally and increasing as needed. Once liothyronine tablets are started, T3 levels need to be monitored to adjust the liothyronine dose as needed. Liothyronine is available as liothyronine 5 mcg, liothyronine 25 mcg and liothyronine 50 mcg tablets which makes it more usable across a range of dosing regimens.

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Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.

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