Liotrix is indicated 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.
How does Liotrix work?
Liotrix is given when thyroid hormones fall very low and quick replacement is necessary. Liotrix 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 simply acts to quickly return the blood levels of thyroid hormones to normal levels.
Why use Liotrix?
Liotrix is a synthetically derived thyroid hormone replacement preparation. This is consists of levothyroxine sodium (T3) and Liothyronine (T4). This medication replaces or provides thyroid hormone that is normally produced by the thyroid gland. Having enough thyroid hormone in your bloodstream is important for maintaining normal mental and physical activity. This may also be used in children. Having enough thyroid hormone is important for normal mental and physical development.
Liotrix is supplied as tablets for oral use. Each tablet has the strengths of 15 mg, 30 mg, 60 mg, 120 mg, and 180 mg. this is a prescription approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
How to use Liotrix?
This 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. It is very important that you take each dose exactly as it is given by your doctor.
What are the side effects of Liotrix?
- Weight gain
- Feeling weak or tired
- Itchy or dry skin
- Joint or muscle pain
- Temporary hair loss
Warnings and Precautions
- If you are taking this medication, you need to check your blood sugar regularly.
- 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.
- Consult your doctor first if you are pregnant before using it.