Cytomel (T-3 Cytomel) (Liothyronine sodium) is a synthetic amino acid thyroid hormone that directly affects the metabolic process, thereby significantly accelerating metabolism, enhancing lipolysis and intensely fighting fat deposition.
Cytomel is not an anabolic/androgenic steroid, it is a thyroid hormone. As an active chemical, it contains liotheronine sodium, which is similar to the natural thyroid hormone L-T3. (L-triiodothyronine). Normally, the thyroid gland of a healthy person produces two hormones: L-T4 (better known L-thyroxine) and L-TK above named (L-triyoithyronine). Since Cytomel is the synthetic equivalent of the latter, it causes the same processes in the body as the hormone produced by the thyroid gland. Interestingly, L-TK is the more potent of the two hormones. Therefore, Cytomel is more effective than commercially available L-T4 preparations such as Thyroxine and Euthyrox.
The manufacturer of the German drug L-T3 attributes the following qualities to its “Tibon” remedy, which clearly show its superiority over L-T4: contained in Tibon. Synthetically obtained thyroid hormone L-T3 has shown itself in experimental clinical studies as a drug that is 4-5 times superior to L-T4 in terms of its biological activity, and is distinguished by its enormous speed of action.
Application of Cytomel in bodybuilding
Bodybuilding athletes use Cytomel to stimulate their metabolism, which leads to a strong acceleration of the metabolism of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and. First of all, they, of course, receive increased lipolysis, i.e. accelerated fat burning process. Most often, athletes use Cytomel in preparation for championships, which helps them achieve an exceptionally low % fat content without the use of low-calorie diets.
Athletes taking Cytomel at low doses report a better effect on the body of concomitantly taken steroids, which is explained by an extremely fast protein metabolism. Until recently, athletes, and especially bodybuilding athletes, took the drug for many months to be elastic and stay in shape for a whole year. Believe me, those handsome men who appear on the covers of magazines, demonstrating their strong elastic body, eat well, and then burn calories with the help of Cytomel. An overstimulated thyroid burns calories like a furnace.
Today, athletes take the increasingly popular Clenbuterol instead of Cytomel. Those who combine these two drugs achieve incredible fat burning. And, if you read somewhere that a professional eats 4,000 calories a day before the championship, then you will understand what the matter is.
Cytomel is especially adored by bodybuilding athletes. Because for women, low metabolism is hereditary, it is difficult for them to reach today’s scales required for competitive standards. Terrible dietary restriction, counting calories to one thousandth a day, all this can be avoided by taking Cytomel. Women are more prone to various side effects, but tolerate the drug well at a dosage of 50mcg per day. Short-term intake of Cytomel in a reasonable dosage is less harmful to health than a low-calorie diet. As for the dosage, you need to be careful, because. it is a very potent thyroid hormone.
Cytomel is ideal for pre-competition training of athletes when it becomes necessary to get rid of subcutaneous fat layers and process them into high-quality relief muscles.
Dosage of Cytomel
Synthetic analogues of this hormone are used by bodybuilders most often due to the fact that L-thyron Cytomel is much more powerful than L-thyroxine (about 4-5 times). In medicine, L-thyronine is used in hypothyroidism to combat its manifestations, such as obesity and fatigue. Approximately 7-12 days after the start of taking this hormone, the user begins to notice a significant decrease in body weight. However, not everything is so simple, because at the same time you can begin to lose precious muscles, since Cytomel has a powerful effect on protein metabolism.
What should I do? Firstly, you need to significantly increase your protein intake, which, when dried, should be at least 2.5-3 grams per kilogram of weight. Experienced athletes are not limited to this measure and increase the dosage of steroids. By the way, the combination of steroids, especially strong androgens, insulin, growth hormone and thyroid hormones is usually considered the golden formula of professionals due to the fact that when taken together, these drugs have a synergistic effect on the body.
It is very important to start with low dosages, which increase slowly over several days and gradually most athletes start with 25mcg tbl. per day and increase the dose by one more every 3-4 days. Doses above 100mcg per day are not recommended. It is advised to take a daily dose in three doses, which facilitates the tolerability of the drug. It should be noted that Cytomel should not be taken for more than 6 weeks. It is taken up to 6 weeks followed by a two-month break. Those who take it in high doses and for a long time are at risk of developing hypothyroidism. As a result, the athlete will be forced to take thyroid medications for the rest of his life. The dosage at the end of the drug should be slowly and gradually reduced. Abrupt discontinuation of the drug is unacceptable.
Anyone who is going to take Cytomel should first consult a doctor and find out if he has an overactive thyroid gland. Possible side effects that this substance causes are described in the annotation of the drug Tibon. Exceeding the limits of individual tolerance of Liothyronine or overdose, especially with a rapid increase, can cause the following clinical manifestations associated with hyperthyroidism at the beginning of treatment: palpitations, heart rhythm disturbance, internal restlessness, suffocation, increased sweating, diarrhea, weight loss, mental disorders, hypersensitivity phenomena, a feeling of tightness in the heart, sugar in the urine, etc. Judging by experience, the main problem is hand tremors, nausea, headaches, severe sweating and heartbeat. These phenomena are often eliminated by reducing the daily dose. And yet, when taking Cytomel, you should be extremely careful, because. This drug is fast acting. Injectable versions of L-TK are not accepted by athletes. normally it is used in the treatment of hypothyroid coma in cases of danger of death. Who takes Cytomel for several weeks, loses muscle mass. With the simultaneous use of steroids, this process can be stopped or slowed down. Cytomel also involves a small part of proteins in metabolic processes; a sufficiently high protein content in food should be monitored.
- Increased intestinal peristalsis
- Menstrual irregularities
Extremely high doses or overexposure to the T3 hormone can also lead to potential complications. Cytomel side effects in this category include:
- Angina pectoris
- Chronic heart failure