June 25, 2016

Tiratricol

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What other names is Tiratricol known by?

Acide 3,3', 5-Triiodothyroacétique; Acide Triiodothyroacétique; Triac; Triiodothyroacetic Acid; 3,3', 5-triiodothyroacetic acid.

What is Tiratricol?

Tiratricol is a naturally occurring chemical in the body. It can also be man-made.

Tiratricol is used as a dietary supplement for thyroid problems including thyroid cancer. It is also used for increasing metabolic rate for weight loss, and reducing cellulite.

However, in the US, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that the product Triax (TRIAC, tiratricol) is not a dietary supplement but an unapproved new drug containing a powerful thyroid hormone, which may cause serious health consequences. The State of Missouri embargoed the product at its distributor (Syntrax) and the Utah-based manufacturer (Pharmatech) has agreed to stop distributing any product containing the ingredient TRIAC. The FDA has issued recalls for other tiratricol-containing products, including Tricana Metabolic Hormone Analogue, Tria-Cutz Thyroid Stimulator Dietary Supplement Capsules, and Sci-Fi-Tri-Cuts Dietary Supplement Capsules.

In France, tiratricol is a prescription drug used mostly for thyroid disease. It has been studied since the 1950s.

Likely Effective for...

  • Pituitary resistance to thyroid hormone (PRTH).

Possibly Effective for...

  • Treating thyroid cancer when taken with the drug levothyroxine.
  • Under-active thyroid (hypothyroidism) in infants.

Likely Ineffective for...

  • Weight loss. Taking tiratricol isn't effective for increasing metabolic rate for weight loss in people with normal thyroid function.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Reducing cellulite.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of tiratricol for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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