Compare Armour Thyroid vs. Cytomel

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Armour Thyroid (Thyroid Hormone)

Prescription only

Cytomel (Liothyronine)

Prescription only
Replaces thyroid hormones.

Armour Thyroid (Thyroid Hormone) can be used to treat low thyroid hormone, but it's not recommended by most doctors and isn't available in generic.

Replaces thyroid hormones.

Cytomel (Liothyronine) is good for treating low thyroid, but you may need frequent blood tests and you should take it exactly as told by your doctor and pharmacist.

Upsides
  • Made from animal sources (pigs), so it's considered natural.
  • Cytomel (Liothyronine) supplies an important hormone that your body needs to grow and develop.
  • Safe during pregnancy.
  • Available in generic.
Downsides
  • Not recommended by doctors because of the inconsistency of thyroid hormone in each tablets, and the fact that it hasn't been studied as much as similar medications.
  • Not available in generic.
  • You may need frequent dose adjustments when you first start taking Cytomel (Liothyronine) or if your health changes.
  • Periodic blood tests are needed to make sure you're getting the right dose.
  • Cytomel (Liothyronine) supplies one type of thyroid hormone, which may not be right for everyone.
  • Cytomel (Liothyronine) has many food and drug interactions. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before you make any changes or start a new medicine.
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Side effects
The Armour Thyroid (Thyroid Hormone) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Cytomel (Liothyronine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Overdose of thyroid hormone

    Taking Armour Thyroid (Thyroid Hormone) for weight loss

  • Changes in blood sugar

    Diabetes

  • Changes in clotting

    Taking blood thinners

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  • Heart problems

    Current heart disease

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Changes in blood sugar

    Diabetes

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