Liothyronine is a man-made form of a hormone that is normally produced by your thyroid gland to regulate the body’s energy and metabolism. Liothyronine is given when the thyroid does not produce enough of this hormone on its own.

Reverse T3 (rT3) is an inactive form of T3 that is produced in the body particularly during periods of stress. rT3 differs from T3 in that the missing deiodinated iodine is from the inner ring of the thyroxine molecule compared with outer ring on T3. rT3 is measured by a blood test.  Under normal conditions T4 will convert to both T3 and rT3 continually and the body eliminates rT3 quickly.

Under certain conditions, more rT3 is produced and the desirable conversion of T4 to T3 decreases. This occurs during fasting, starvation, illness such as liver disease and during times of increased stress.

In the treatment protocol for RT3 we use Liothyronine for a limited period of time.

Used for treating RT3

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