Compare Cytomel vs. Thyrolar

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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Replaces thyroid hormones.

Cytomel (liothyronine) is good add-on treatment of underactive thyroid if your symptoms have not been controlled on other therapies.

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Upsides
  • Acts faster than other thyroid hormone replacement therapies.
  • Safe to use during pregnancy.
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Downsides
  • More expensive than other thyroid hormone replacement therapies.
  • Requires frequent dose adjustments when you first start taking Cytomel (liothyronine). Periodic blood tests are needed to make sure you're getting the right dose.
  • Causes more harm to your heart than other thyroid replacement therapies.
  • Safe to use if you're allergic to other thyroid hormones made from animal products.
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Dosage forms
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Side effects
The Cytomel (liothyronine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Thyrolar (Liothyronine / Levothyroxine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Weight loss
  • Underactive adrenal glands
  • Heart problems
    • Current heart disease
    • Age 60 or older
    • Taking Cytomel (liothyronine) with certain types of stimulant medicines
  • Changes in blood sugar
    • Diabetes
  • Drug interactions
    • Taking blood thinners, insulin, birth control, antidepressants, cholestyramine
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