Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Endocrine

Cytomel

(liothyronine)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Endocrine
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Replaces thyroid hormones.

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Our bottom line

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.

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Upsides

  • 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

  • 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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How it works

Cytomel (Liothyronine) is a synthetic form of thyroid hormone. The thyroid gland makes hormones that are important for body metabolism, growth, and development.

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Dosage forms
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Side effect rates for Cytomel (liothyronine)

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Risks and Warnings for Cytomel (liothyronine)

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  • 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.

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Common concerns from people taking Cytomel (liothyronine)

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Pregnancy
Interactions
  • 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.
Weight
  • 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.