Tertroxin. Active: Liothyronine Sodium
Tertroxin Lt-3 is not an anabolic/androgenic steroid but a thyroid hormone. As a substance it contains synthetically manufactured liothyronine sodium which resembles the natural thyroid hormone Tricodide-thyronine (L-T3). The thyroid of a healthy person usually produces two hormones, the better known L—thyroxine (L—T4) and the aforementioned L-triiodine-thyronine (L-T3). Since Tertroxin LT-3 is the synthetic equivalent of the latter hormone, it causes the same processes in the body as if the thyroid were to produce more of the hormone. It is interesting to note that TertroxinL-T3 is clearly the stronger and more effective of these two hormones. This makes Tertroxin LT-3 more effective than the commercially available L-T4 compounds such as L-thyroxine or Synthroid.
The manufacturer of the German L-T3 compound, Hoechst AG, ascribes the following characteristics to its Thybon drug, making it clear that L-T3 is superior to L-T4: ”The synthetically manufactured thyroid hormone, L-triiodine-thyronine (L-T3), included in Thybon, in experimental and clinical testing has proven to be 4-5 times more biologically active and to take effect more quickly than L-thyroxine (L-T4).” In school medicine Tertroxin is used to treat thyroid insufﬁciency (hypothyroidism). Among other secondary symptoms are obesity, metabolic disorders, and fatigue.
Bodybuilders take advantage of these characteristics and stimulate their metabolism by taking Lt-3, which causes a faster conversion of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Bodybuilders, of course, are especially interested in an increased lipolysis, which means increased fat burning. Competing bodybuilders, in particular, use Lt-3 during the weeks before a championship since it helps to maintain an extremely low fat content, without necessitating a hunger diet. Athletes who use low dosages of LT-3 report that by the simultaneous intake of steroids, the steroids become more effective, most likely as the result of the faster conversion of protein. Until recently, LT-3 was used by bodybuilders and female bodybuilders, in particular, on a daily basis over several months to remain ”hard” and in good shape all year round. Believe us when we tell you that to a great extent several bodybuilders who are pictured in ”muscle magazines” and display a hard and defined look in photos, eat fast food and iron this out by taking LT-3.
The overstimulated thyroid burns calories like a blast furnace. Nowadays, instead of LT-3, athletes use Clenbuterol which is becoming more and more popular. Those who combine these two compounds will burn an enormous amount of fat. The next time you read that a certain pro bodybuilder approaching a championship competition is still eating 4000 calories a day, you will know why.
LT-3 is also popular among female bodybuilders. Since women generally have slower metabolisms than men, it is extremely difficult for them to obtain the right form for a competition given today’s standards. A drastic reduction of food and calories below the 1000 calorie/day mark can often be avoided by taking LT-3. Women, no doubt, are more prom to side effects than men but usually get along well with 50mcg/day. A short-term intake of LT-3 in a reasonable dosage is certainly healthier than an extreme hunger diet.
As for the dosage, one should be very careful since LT-3 is a very strong and highly effective thyroid hormone. It is extremely important that one begins with a low dosage, increasing it slowly anevenly over the course of several days. Most athletes begin by taking one 25 mcg tablet per day and increasing this dosage every three to four days by one additional tablet. A dose higher than 100 mcg/day is not necessary and not advisable. It is not recommended that the daily dose be taken all at once but broken down into three smaller individual doses so that they become more effective. It is also importent that LT-3 not be taken for more than six weeks. At least two months of abstinence from the drug needs to follow. Those who take high dosages of LT-3 over a long period of time are at risk of developing a chronic thyroid insufﬁciency. As a consequence, the athlete might be forced to take thyroid medication for the rest of his life. It is also important that the dosage is reduced slowly and evenly by taking fewer tablets and not be ended abruptly. Those who plan to take LT-3 should first consult a physician in order to be sure that no thyroid hyper-function exists.
Possible side effects such as medication are described in the package insert by the German pharmaceutical group Hoechst AG for their compound Thybon: ”Exceeding the individual limits of compatibility for liothyronine or taking an overdose, especially, if the dose is increased too quickly at the beginning of the treatment, can cause the following clinical symptoms for a thyroid hyper-function): heart palpitation, trembling, irregular heartbeat, heart oppression, agitation, shortness of breath, excretion of sugar through the urine, excessive perspiration, diarrhea, weight loss, psychic disorders, etc., as well as symptoms of hypersensitivity.” Our experience is that most symptoms consist of trembling of hands, nausea, headaches, high perspiration, and increased heartbeat. These negative side effects can be eliminated by temporarily reducing the daily dosage. Caution, however, is advised when taking LT-3 since, especially in the beginning, the effect can be quick and sometimes drastic.
Those who use LT-3for several weeks will experience a decrease in muscle mass. This can be avoided or delayed by simultaneously taking steroids. For the most part, since Tertroxin also metabolizes protein, the athlete must eat a diet rich in protein.