Compare Cytomel vs. Thyrolar

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Cytomel
(liothyronine)

Thyrolar
(liothyronine / levothyroxine)

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.Coming soon.
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Side effects
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How it works
CytomelThyrolar
Cytomel (Liothyronine) is a synthetic form of thyroid hormone. The thyroid gland makes hormones that are important for body metabolism, growth, and development.Coming soon.
Type of medication
CytomelThyrolar
Prescription only
Available as
CytomelThyrolar
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
CytomelThyrolar
    Risk factors for serious side effects
    CytomelThyrolar
    • Current heart disease
    • Age 60 or older
    • Taking Cytomel (Liothyronine) with certain types of stimulant medicines
    • Diabetes
    Detailed Cytomel (liothyronine) risks & warnings »
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      Pregnancy

      Research studies with real people haven’t found any risk to unborn babies in the first trimester. There’s no evidence of risk later in pregnancy, either.

      Research studies with real people haven’t found any risk to unborn babies in the first trimester. There’s no evidence of risk later in pregnancy, either.

      Interactions
      CytomelThyrolar
      • Many medicines interact with Cytomel (Liothyronine). You may need your dose adjusted, especially if they are "narrow" therapy medicines like warfarin. Let your doctor and pharmacist know if you are taking any new prescriptions or over-the-counter medicines.
      • Cytomel (Liothyronine) has many food and drug interactions. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before you make any changes or start a new medicine.
      No interactions related info.
      Weight
      CytomelThyrolar
      • Don't take Cytomel (Liothyronine) for weight loss or obesity. It’s not recommended, safe or effective for this use, especially if you don't have problems with your thyroid. Taking high doses of Cytomel (Liothyronine) can cause serious effects, especially if used with other medications for weight loss. Talk to your doctor about other medicines you can take to treat your condition.
      No weight related info.
      Upsides and benefits
      CytomelThyrolar
      • Cytomel (Liothyronine) supplies an important hormone that your body needs to grow and develop.
      • Safe during pregnancy.
      • Available in generic.
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      Downsides and risks
      CytomelThyrolar
      • 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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      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
      CytomelThyrolar
      • Full effects may take a few weeks. Continue taking Cytomel (Liothyronine) even if you don't feel better right away. Talk to your doctor before making any changes.
      • You'll need blood tests to see if you're on the right dose of Cytomel (Liothyronine). Your doctor may adjust your dose every 1 to 2 weeks.
      • Taking calcium with Cytomel (Liothyronine) may lower your thyroid hormones. If you take calcium, separate taking it and Cytomel (Liothyronine) by at least 4 hours.
      • Try to take Cytomel (Liothyronine) at the same time each day.
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