Proper Use

Drug information provided by: IBM Micromedex

This medicine will need to be taken for the rest of your life of your child's life. Do not stop taking this medicine or change your doses without first checking with your doctor. It may take several weeks before you start to notice an improvement in your symptoms.

If you use medicine to treat high cholesterol (including cholestyramine, colesevelam, colestipol), Kayexalate®, or sevelamer, take liothyronine at least 4 hours before you take any of these medicines.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For oral dosage form (tablet):
    • For hypothyroidism:
      • Adults—At first, 25 micrograms (mcg) once a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 75 mcg once a day.
      • Older adults—At first, 5 mcg once a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed.
      • Children—At first, 5 mcg once a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed.
    • For thyroid cancer:
      • Adults and children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For thyroid problem diagnosis:
      • Adults— 75 to 100 micrograms (mcg) once a day for 7 days. Your doctor will give you a radioactive iodine before and after the 7-day liothyronine.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.