Liotrix

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What condition does Liotrix treat?

Liotrix is a synthetically derived thyroid hormone replacement preparation used for the treatment of underactive thyroid. This condition is also called hypothyroidism which does not produce enough of certain hormones. If not treated, it may cause some health problems like joint pain, heart disease, or infertility.

Low thyroid hormone levels may occur when the thyroid gland is injured by medications or removed by surgery or it may occur naturally. This medication may also be used to treat other types of thyroid disorders like thyroid cancer or goiters.

Liotrix consists of levothyroxine sodium (T3) and Liothyronine (T4). This replaces or provides thyroid hormone that is normally produced by the thyroid gland. Having sufficient thyroid hormone in your bloodstream is vital for keeping normal physical and mental activity. This may also be used in children. Having sufficient thyroid hormone is essential for normal physical and mental development.

This prescription is supplied as tablets for oral use. Liotrix is a medicine approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

How does Liotrix work?

Liotrix is given when thyroid hormones fall very low and quick replacement is necessary. This drug does not have to be converted from thyroxine and can act within a few hours. This is given to quickly replace the hormone that is usually have been made by the thyroid gland. It does not stimulate the thyroid gland to produce greater amounts of thyroid hormones. It just acts too fast and returns the blood levels of thyroid hormones to normal levels.

What is the recommended dosage for Liotrix?

This medicine is to be taken on an empty stomach usually once a day. You may take each dose 30 minutes to 1 hour before breakfast. Remember to take the medicine at the same time every day. The dosage is based on your medical condition. You must take each dose exactly as it is given by your doctor.  

What are the side effects of Liotrix?

  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Weight gain
  • Feeling weak or tired
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Itchy or dry skin
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Temporary hair loss

What are the precautions in taking Liotrix?

  • If you have diabetes, this medicine may increase your blood sugar. Check your blood sugar regularly as directed and share the results with your doctor. Tell your doctor if you experience symptoms of high levels of blood sugar such as increased thirst or urination. Your doctor may need to adjust your diabetes medication, exercise program, or diet.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding women.
  • Stop using this if you are allergic to it and call your doctor right away.
  • Let your doctor if you are taking any medications such as vitamins or herbal supplements.
  • Current information shows that this medicine may be used during pregnancy. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or if you become pregnant because your dosage may need to be adjusted.
  • Caution is recommended when using this medication in the elderly. They might be more subtle to the effects on the heart that is initiated by high levels of thyroid hormone.