Tiratricol is taken by mouth under the supervision of a healthcare provider for the treatment of thyroid problems including thyroid cancer and underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism). Some people take tiratricol to lose weight, but there is no good scientific research to support this use.
In the US, between 1999 and 2001, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required several tiratricol-containing products to be recalled, and obtained a court order to prevent companies from marketing them. The FDA determined that tiratricol is not a dietary supplement but an unapproved new drug containing a powerful thyroid hormone, which may cause serious health consequences.
In France, tiratricol is a prescription drug used mostly for thyroid disease. It has been studied in France since the 1950s.
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