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Family Medicine

Answer 5
  1. Levothyroxine. Levothyroxine is the preferred therapy for hypothyroidism. Liothyronine can cause abrupt increases in serum triiodothyronine (T3), which can cause adverse effects, especially in older patients. A more stable, uniform level of T3 is achieved by administering levothyroxine. Dessicated thyroid and liotrix are combination agents that contain T3 and thus may have adverse effects similar to those of liothyronine. Methimazole is used in the treatment of hyperthyroidism.

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