Liothyronine can be used as an effective treatment for hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism, also known as underactive thyroid, causes the thyroid gland to not produce the right amount of thyroid hormones. An underactive thyroid can have a big impact on quality of life; the thyroid hormones control growth and energy levels - when they are depleated, fatigue, depression, sensitvity to cold and muscle aches are just some of the symptoms that can occur. If left untreated, hypothyroidism can also cause loss of hearing and heart problems. Taking liothyronine correctly can prevent these complications.
Diagnosis is the first crucial step in treating a thyroid disorder. If you have been diagnoised with hypothyroidism, your doctor will advise you begin on a small dose and may increase this over time until your hormones have reached a normal level.
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Liothyronine is used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition wherein the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. It is also used to help decrease the size of enlarged thyroid glands (goiter) and treat thyroid cancer.
Liothyronine is also used in some medical tests to help diagnose problems with the thyroid gland.