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User Reviews for Liothyronine to treat Hypothyroidism, After Thyroid Removal

Also known as: Cytomel, Triostat

Liothyronine has an average rating of 8.0 out of 10 from a total of 18 ratings for the treatment of Hypothyroidism, After Thyroid Removal. 78% of those users who reviewed Liothyronine reported a positive effect, while 17% reported a negative effect.

Liothyronine Rating Summary

8.0/10 average rating

18 ratings from 17 user reviews.

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Reviews for Liothyronine

Vi · Taken for 10 years or more April 5, 2021

“I have been doing well on 5mcg once a of Cytomel for over ten years. Taking the brand name made by Pfizer, not the generic one.”

10 / 10
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Sister · Taken for less than 1 month July 26, 2020

“I just brought my sister to the ER because she wanted to kill herself. Ever since she started this drug a week ago, after her thyroid was removed, she has had tremors, headaches, sweats, vomiting, and severe depression. She lost all energy and could not sleep. She only took 2.5 mg. They admitted her to the psych floor and will keep her for a week. This is a powerful drug that needs close monitoring.”

2 / 10
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Laurie B August 31, 2019

Cytomel (liothyronine): “I have had Hashimoto's hypothyroidism for 40 years. I was on generic levothyroxine for most of that time. As I reached 50 my new endocrinologist decided I should add 5mcg (of very potent) T3 aka Cytomel to my 150mcg of levothyroxine. Initially like many patients I felt great, then it got real bad. I am sorry, I know some people do very well on it, BUT many do not. Here is what I experienced in order of severity- Super dark Thoughts Severe Depression Rage Rapidly Cycling Moods Facial Swelling Extreme Itching Nighttime Coughing Intense Migraines Insomnia Heat Intolerance Dilated Neck Veins Extreme Fatigue Hot Flashes with the Inability to Sweat If you experience any or all of these You Are Not Alone and You Are NOT Crazy!”

1 / 10
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Mieke · Taken for 2 to 5 years July 10, 2019

Cytomel (liothyronine): “Changed my life. On Synthroid only felt exhausted and totally dysfunctional. Adding Cytomel improved my well-being, mood and energy level. It does have a greater reducing factor on your TSH. But so what. I do not have a thyroid, my bones and cardiac function are fine and I feel normal. Endocrinologists often feel that adding T3 is not necessary. They need to change their thinking.”

10 / 10
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Tiny · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 10, 2019

Cytomel (liothyronine): “An endocrinologist put me on the (50 mg) day post TT. I felt tremendous. Then my insurance changed and I had to find a new doctor. The new doctor refused to prescribe Cytomel. So for several years I’ve been on Synthroid 200 and 300 and then Nature Throid 3 grains. The Nature Thyroid won out over the Synthroid by far. But my total T3 and FT3 were still tanked. I began seeing a functional medicine doctor who suggested T3 only medication. WHAT A LIFE CHANGER! I take 25 mg/day. Gone is the anxiety, mood swings, depression, weight gain, brain fog and insomnia. I feel like a brand new person at 62. My doctor follows my labs closely and all thyroid levels are in range (FT3 upper range, FT4 mid range). I highly recommend trying this mono therapy if you don’t have a thyroid gland and other medication regimens have failed.”

10 / 10
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Bigi · Taken for less than 1 month July 1, 2012

Cytomel (liothyronine): “I had my thyroid removed 3 years ago. I have been on various T4 supplements since: Synthroid, levothyroxine, Tirosint and continued to complain of fatigue, fogginess, wt gain, achiness, shortness of breath at exercise. FINALLY switched doctors as my Indian doctor would not try Armour. The new nurse practitioner looked at my labs: high T4, nonexistent T3. She switched me back to Synthroid and decreased the dosage, then added, for the FIRST time, Cytomel (T3). Within 3 days I have noticed a HUGE difference. So happy and still know the time test. BUT, fog is lifting, energy level increasing, sleeping well, HAPPY. I am hoping this continues. Noticed a slight headache at first but not bad. Will continue to cautiously be excited that we are ON to something.”

9 / 10
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Sunshine7580 September 29, 2010

Cytomel (liothyronine): “I've taken this medication for a month and I can say it has changed my life: more energy, more sex drive and losing weight. Only drawback was I get migraine headaches when I don't drink enough water. Drink lots of water with this medication.”

9 / 10
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Shoo October 6, 2010

Cytomel (liothyronine): “I have been taking Cytomel to compliment Synthroid for 2 days and my life has already changed for the better! I feel alive and my severe sweating and hot flashes have subsided - so far. I am SO VERY happy now.”

10 / 10
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Sue W December 11, 2015

“OMG - I have been on levrothyroxine for 10 years and felt terrible - no memory, mental fog everyday. My doctor finally suggested trying liothronine in conjunction with the levro. I haven't felt this good in years. No more mental fog and feeling like my old self”

10 / 10
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Sammycat · Taken for 1 to 2 years June 16, 2019

Cytomel (liothyronine): “Cytomel is causing debilitating symptoms such as severe muscle cramps/spasms and muscle pain, insomnia, ravenous appetite, profuse sweating, palpitations. When I stopped taking it, I got better. I tried to reintroduce it and to my horror, the severe spasms returned. The prescribed muscle relaxers hardly work. The endocrinologist said my symptoms are not related to the prescribed medication or to my thyroid condition!! I disagree. I've had problems with Armour in the distant past. For some reason, I can't take cytomel or armour long term.”

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Dana# · Taken for 6 months to 1 year October 29, 2016

Cytomel (liothyronine): “I've been on Synthroid, Levoxyl, or Levothyroxine for the past 11 years at a suppressive dose and did fine. When my endocrinologist took me off of TSH suppression by lowering my dose of T4 I was miserable. Within in weeks I was exhausted, cold all the time, had brain fog, was depressed, and needed additional sleep. When I told my endocrinologist she continued to lower my dose (twice) because my TSH was suppressed. This caused me to be completely disfunctional at work and at home...I was so exhausted and everwhelmed I feared losing my job and my husband (no libido for over 6 months) and low productivity at work. I begged my endocrinologist to add T3. The dose was too low at first to make a difference but after reestablishing with a new”

10 / 10
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Kimiko · Taken for 10 years or more August 19, 2019

“I had half my thyroid removed. Levothyroxine on it's own was not working so my primary care doc combined it with two 5 mcg liothyronine once daily 4 days a week and one tab all other days. I felt like I was going to crawl out of my skin and anxiety through the roof! He told me to take it all in the morning and that I did not need to split the daily dose because my body would regulate absorption. I decided to go to an endocrinologist who did not change the amount but had me take one tab in the morning with my levo and the 2nd tab in the evening but not too close to bed time. On the days where I take only one pill she had me split it in half and take half in morning and other half in evening. This worked like a charm! Since we've adjusted to it to where I take two tabs 3 days per week and one tab 4 days per week. I no longer split the one tab because it would crumble and take it in the morning but I'm still feeling great!”

10 / 10
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Mocristy · Taken for less than 1 month November 3, 2013

“After thyroid removal, the horrible experience of synthroid, and finally getting on natural desiccated thyroid, I had to switch to t3 temporarily due to my rt3 being too high. The conversion was fairly easy, but a bit taxing on my adrenals. I had to be more careful of stressful situations for a little while. Overall, I am very happy with the t3 and may just stay with it. Although, dosing four times a day is tedious.”

10 / 10
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Teebird · Taken for 2 to 5 years October 3, 2018

“I have been on dual therapy BRAND NAME ONLY Synthroid and Cytomel for 2 years after battling hypo symptoms, dosages and generics for 12 previous years. NBO Cytomel is unavailable evidently until 2/19 so I started generic liothyronine (Signapharm) about 6 days ago. Awoke 2 days ago with terrible hives/rash all over and severe and very scary facial swelling. Urgent care gave me steroid injection and suggested Benedryl which helped immensely but symptoms lingering. Totally at sea now as to what to do. Might try another generic as that seems logical and I know from previous episode that without T3 for very long I'll crash face first.”

8 / 10
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Kasey · Taken for less than 1 month August 6, 2019

“I had complete Thyroidectomy in 2012 and was put on Synthroid 175mcgs. My TSH was completely suppressed which is fine, no issues. But I could not lose the weight and still felt fatigued. Last week I asked to have Cytomel added to my Synthroid. This new doctor ( I had moved to another state) dropped my Synthroid from 175mcgs to 137mcgs and added 10 of Cytomel. It has been a week and I feel HORRIBLE. I asked the doctor to up the Synthroid to at least 150mcg and she refused. I am finding a different Endocrinologist. I want to give Cytomel a fighting chance but the drop in Synthroid was far too much too quick.”

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Goddess of dreams · Taken for 2 to 5 years June 10, 2018

“My doctor had me on levothyroxine (once a day) and liothyronine (1/2 tablet 2 x a day). I switched health care providers (nurse practitioner) and she reduced the levothyroxine, cut the liothyronine completely. I've gained weight and am extremely tired. I thought it was the heart med and blood thinner they put me on. After reading this about all of you, it may be because she drastically reduced the meds. I am seeing a new doctor now, and hopefully, she will add back the liothyronine after checking my blood. I have been drinking caffeine to be able to function, which I am not supposed to do because of my heart.”

10 / 10
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pending judgement August 8, 2011

“After diagnosis of Grave's Disease I was given Synthroid. Took this alone for 20 years. Dosage was lowered from 0.150 to 0.125 when thought to be causing irregular heart beat. Had an "oblation" of nerves around heart area that was causing irregular beating and remained on 0.125 dosage feeling better. A new Endocrinologist had me add Liothyronine in a custom "compound" dosage of 2.5mcg and lowered Synthroid to 0.112. One measurement was high the other low hoping to balance the two. Didn't feel a lot of improvement. Noticed I was more irritable with upset stomach. Tried it for 2 months but quit- wasn't happy with it. I've started taking it again and have small improvements in mental clarity, regularity, but get migraines.”

5 / 10
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Deb124 April 22, 2015

“Total thyroidectomy in 2004 due to Papillary Thyroid Cancer. T4 monotherapy alone was horrible. I have been on Liothyronine since February and have regained my life.”

10 / 10
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Sidekick October 8, 2008

Cytomel (liothyronine): “I have been using Cytomel for 3 months. I had been on compounded T3 for 9 months, however I was experiencing increasingly severe hot flushes. Currently my hot flushes have decreased.”

9 / 10
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cb · Taken for less than 1 month March 10, 2018

“My doctor prescribed 1/2 tablet daily combined with 25 mcg levothyroxine. Tablets are round and impossible to cut in half to receive consistent dosing. Needs to be scored by manufacturer.”

1 / 10
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