What is Liothyronine (T3)?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Cytomel Triiodothyronine Compounded T3 ER Show all

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See also: Thyrolar-1

Liothyronine is a thyroid product. Oral preparation is a replacement or supplemental therapy in hypothyroidism; management of nontoxic goiter; a diagnostic aid. IV preparation is used for the treatment of myxedema coma/precoma.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Hypothyroidism 161 80
Hashimoto's Thyroiditis 42 22
Thyroid disorder 13 15
Major Depressive Disorder 7 11
Fatigue 6 6
Increase effect of another treatment 6 6

Show all 44 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 6
Moderate 8
Mild 22
None 96

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Liothyronine (T3)

Side effect Patients
Heart palpitations 6
Headaches 3
Tremor in hands 3
Anxiety and frustration 2
Anxious mood 2
Diarrhea 2

Show all 31 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Liothyronine (T3)

Dosage Patients
5 mcg daily 12
10 mcg daily 6
25 mcg daily 5
5 mg twice daily 3
5 mg daily 2
15 mcg daily 2
20 mcg daily 2
25 mg daily 2
25 mcg twice daily 2
62.5 mcg daily 2

See all 28 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Liothyronine (T3)

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 33
Did not seem to work 27
Other 14
Side effects too severe 11
Personal research 4
Course of treatment ended 3
Expense 3
Change in health plan coverage 2
See all 70 patients who’ve stopped taking Liothyronine (T3)

Duration

Currently taking Liothyronine (T3)

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 11
2 - 5 years 11
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 10

Stopped taking Liothyronine (T3)

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 12
1 - 6 months 22
6 months - 1 year 9
1 - 2 years 18
2 - 5 years 9
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 109
Usually 15
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 5
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 12
A little hard to take 26
Not at all hard to take 93
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 1
$50-99 10
$25-49 10
< $25 58
Not specified 51

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Liothyronine (T3) after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Levothyroxine (Synthroid) 2
Desiccated thyroid (Armour Thyroid) 1
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 1
T3 T4 (Bio-identical compound T3/T4) 1

Patients stopped taking Liothyronine (T3) and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Levothyroxine (Synthroid) 3
Desiccated thyroid (Armour Thyroid) 1
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7 patient evaluations for Liothyronine (T3)

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Nadira
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Nadira
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Severe
56 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Low
I am: g
I have:
Major Depressive Disorder

See Nadira's full Liothyronine (T3) history

Jan 7, 2017 (Started Jul 08, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Major Depressive Disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Fatigue)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 12.5 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: In October began reducing very slowly this time and seems to be working. It was added with my old AD's as an adjunct and now after a year on the MAOI which actually seems to work. I will see family Dr to have thyroid test in a month or two to make sure that my thyroid is functioning normally as it was before I started the cytomel. Then if I need it I will take it. also if I am starting to get functional and do get back to work I could be in a position where I will not be on disability and may not have a plan to cover prescriptions. That is the case and that my new work is not statsitically to be high income saving $50.00 a month is going to be important, plus why take anything you do not need.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 8, 2016 (Started Jul 08, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Major Depressive Disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Fatigue)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 12.5 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: Reviewed and returned to previous dose. Liothyronine-T3-cytomel is in Canadian Depression Guidelines as an add-on therapy. Was studied in the STAR-D trial and found to be well tolerated. Same effectiveness as lithium

Mar 26, 2016 (Started Jul 08, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Major Depressive Disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Fatigue)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 6.25 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: Started as to help with depression fatigue, lowered to 12.5mcg without explanation , now trying to stop Rx but encountered extreme fatigue, so added back 6.25mcg per day and will have follow up with dr. Pharmacist had not heard of T3 for depression and looked at my history and said my through levels were high? So Dr appointment is due as the fatigue created by stopping could be depressing😬

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Gender: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 1
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Moderate
61 F
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: n
I have:
Bipolar I

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Jan 1, 2017 (Started Apr 05, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Thyroid disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Hypothyroidism)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mcg Daily

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MargotGlass
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 33
Condition: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus 2 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
I am: vb
I have:
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

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Jul 1, 2013 (Started Nov 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Hypothyroidism)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: This compound medication was only prescribed by a physician who would not take insurance. Cost of medical visits became to high for a relief that seemed unnoticeable.
Cost: $200+ monthly

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