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Has anyone tried T3 liquid?

Hi, I have a private prescription for T3 and was asking my friend in Turin (Italy) if her chemist would supply it as I thought it would be cheaper than the UK. So she made enquiries and it seems that he is prepared to fill the prescription but the only type they have is liquid form. I was thinking that might be very effective. Has anyone ever tried it?

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The liquid form is usually in vials for injection and very expensive. Maybe there is some confusion?

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The Google search throws up various hits from 'homeopathic' to potent substances 'for research purposes only, not for human consumption'. I would try and get tablets as you know what you are getting and I don't trust titrating by drops.

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Jimh111,

'For research purposes' is often put on meds supplied without prescription as the suppliers and manufacturers seem to think it absolves them of responsibility if someone has adverse effects.

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Yes, I'm guessing they are not bothering to take much care to ensure the contents and quality are good and don't have to comply with regulations. I would stick to licenced medicine, such as Tiromel or Cytomel.

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It’s from a respected “official” pharmacy.

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jimh111,

There is a perfectly respectable and reasonably available Italian liquid liothyronine product called Liotir. It is NOT for injection.

farmaci.agenziafarmaco.gov....

Sorry I do not have an English translation to hand.

Has been mentioned quite a few times here, for example:

healthunlocked.com/thyroidu...

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Thanks, it's very interesting. Liothyronine is very well absorbed so I'm not sure why they make a liquid form. As long as you take care to get a prescription grade liquid form and the price is reasonable it seems fine. Sorry if I've confused anyone.

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It does not need fillers as tablets do. It’s a ‘purer’ form. It is available be very special prescription in the uk but usually given at hospitals if the taker cannot take normal T3. Someone I know takes it here in the uk

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Thanks. Looking closer its excipients are ethanol and glycerine which may be better tolerated than some of the solid fillers. Thyroid hormone is very poorly dissolved in water but lipophillic, so I guess this is why they dissolve it in an alcohol and it is difficult to put into tablet form. I believe each ml contains 20 mcg so at 14 euro it is not too expensive, although counting drops may drive you nuts (and don't lose count!). So it is a viable alternative.

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Yes, she told kid me it’s Liotir. It costs €14 per 20ml.

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Liotironina

Liquid Liothyronine isn't available in the UK as far as I'm aware so I doubt members will have tried it.

google.co.uk/search?q=liqui...

Ask your friend to see whether TITRE Liothyronine tablets are still available in Italy. translate.google.co.uk/tran...

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Hello all - I have tried on occasion to find TITRE tablets but so far to no avail. I will ask again when next near a pharmacy. I am pretty sure it has been discontinued but you never know...Apparently it is made / was made by

Teofarma S.r.l. in the province of Pavia. I will try and call them this week if I remember - usually better to go straight to the horse's mouth!

Liotir is not for injection as Helvella has already confirmed but oral drops. I have a bottle in front of me: 20 ml at 20mcg/ml. 28 drops equivalent to 1ml. As I take around 85mcg per day this bottle is no more than 5 days' worth. I have not used it actually. Emergency supplies. There are individual capsules of the liquid available too - I guess they are 1ml each.

I would imagine that Italian pharmacists are unlikely to prescribe enough of this for it to be worthwhile making a trip for those that need to fly though of course it depends on how much you need to take. For what it's worth, I was sold this without a prescription when I flashed my box of Greek T3.

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Update: meant to update this ages ago - the Italian pharmacist would not sell it to my friend for me without prescription.

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