Liothyronine Sodium

What condition does Liothyronine Sodium treat?

A man-made form of thyroid hormone, Liothyronine Sodium, is used for the treatment of an underactive thyroid condition called hypothyroidism. The thyroid gland normally produces thyroid hormones, which are replaced by this medicine. A low thyroid hormone level may be caused by natural causes or by medications or surgery damaging the thyroid gland. This prescription may also be used to treat other types of thyroid problems like:

  • Thyroid cancer
  • Goiters

Liothyronine Sodium helps provide some thyroid hormones. 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 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 trade the Liothyronine that would usually have been made by the thyroid gland. There is no increase in thyroid hormone production when the thyroid gland is stimulated by this substance. It replaces Liothyronine in the blood quickly; the blood levels return to normal as a consequence.

What is the recommended dosage for 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?

  • Irritability
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Nervousness
  • Increased sweating
  • Diarrhea
  • Nervousness
  • Menstrual changes

What are the precautions in taking Liothyronine Sodium?

  • Before taking this medicine, inform your doctor know if you have any allergies. Call for medical help right away if there are any signs of an allergic reaction occur.
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  • 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.
  • Drug interactions might alter how your medicines work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This does not have completely possible drug interactions. You need to keep a list of all the products you use including prescription and non-prescription drugs as well as herbal products. Share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not change the dosage of any medicines, start or stop any medicines without approval from your doctor.