NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee
Greater Glasgow and Clyde Prescribing
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6 Endocrine system

6.2 Thyroid and antithyroid drugs

6.2.1 Thyroid hormones

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Prescribing Notes:

Levothyroxine tablets should be prescribed where possible.

BNF Link: http://www.medicinescomplete.com/mc/bnf/current/4237.htm

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LIOTHYRONINE (injection)


Restricted to specialist use only.

NB: IV liothyronine should only be required for the treatment of myxoedema coma.

Prescribing Notes:

Where the oral route of administration is available, levothyroxine tablets should be used for replacement therapy.  If nil-by-mouth for more than 5 days, IV levothyroxine (unlicensed) can be used for replacement therapy.

BNF Link: http://www.medicinescomplete.com/mc/bnf/current/4239.htm

6.2.2 Antithyroid drugs

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Restrictions: Restricted to specialist use only.

BNF Link: http://www.medicinescomplete.com/mc/bnf/current/4246.htm#_4246


Restrictions: Restricted to specialist initiation.

BNF Link: http://www.medicinescomplete.com/mc/bnf/current/4247.htm