Triacana is a popular trade name for the thyroid preparation tiratricol. Specifically this compound is a naturally occurring metabolite of the endogenous thyroid hormone triiodothyronine (T-3). The thyroid gland in fact produces two primary hormones, identified as T-3 and T-4 (thyroxine, which converts to T-3 in the body). Together these structures are the main regulators of the body’s metabolism. Both of these basic hormones are also being synthetically manufactured, and are sold under the brand names (among others) of Cytomel (T-3) and Synthroid (T-4). Triacana is a rapidly metabolized form of the T-3 hormone, and its action is comparatively much weaker than both of these preparations. When administered, all of these substances should markedly increase the metabolic rate. This is noted by an increase in the conversion rate of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. This basically means that the body will utilize nutrients at a much faster speed, due to increased cellular activity.
The medical use for thyroid preparations is for the treatment of thyroid dysfunction and obesity. In addition, Triacana is particularly effective with cases of hyperthyroidism (a disorder in which the body overproduces thyroid hormones). The intake of tiratricol can markedly reduce the secretion of TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone), thus regulating hormone production in the body. Bodybuilders however, find the metabolic boosting effects of these substances exceptional for burning off excess body fat. Even without extreme dieting, Triacana (and related) can lower subcutaneous fat stores, bringing about a harder, more defined look as muscle features become more visible. Without the use of thyroid hormones, the athlete will no doubt be forced to diet much more extremely. This is often done at the expense of muscle tissue, as it is difficult to retain the mass while the proper nutrients are being restricted. Competitive bodybuilders therefore find these hormones invaluable, used to drastically improve the quality of a show physique.
When looking to a thyroid product, the user obviously will have to decide which hormone to utilize. Triacana is the most popular choice since it is considered much safer than the others. When manipulating thyroid levels, a gamut of side effects should be taken into consideration. These include, but are not limited to, trembling, excessive sweating, diarrhea, insomnia, nausea, elevated heart rate, inner unrest and weight loss. The most unwanted side effect being the possibility of permanent thyroid dysfunction. While the use of Cytomel must be carefully planned and specifically carried out, Triacana allows the user much more latitude. For starters, it is much less likely that a mistake in dosage or duration will result in severe and/or permanent side effects with this drug. Serious disturbances in thyroid functioning just do not seem to be an issue with this compound. Triacana is also cleared from the body much more rapidly than other thyroid hormones, a very welcome trait should the user begin to notice discomfort during treatment. It is no doubt the thyroid hormone a beginner should select.
The administration of Triacana is similar to that of the other hormones. The maximum dosage should not be taken from the onset; instead it is to be built up slowly. Being such a mild product, the effective dosage is in the range of ten to fourteen .35 mg tablets per day. Two tablets is the customary starting point, a dosage that is to be increased by two tablets every day (or two). Tiratricol has a half-life of approximately six hours, so the daily dosage should be divided evenly through the day to keep blood levels more uniform. Also, athletes usually use thyroid hormones in conjunction with steroids, noting an increased anabolic effect due to faster protein conversion. It can also be combined with other cutting agents like clenbuterol, providing an even more dramatic fat burning effect. Athletes will generally limit the duration Triacana is to be taken, fearful of running into health complications. Although this is not a huge risk, using this compound for no longer than three months, with longer break intervals, is a good way to be sure. Remember that the dosage must be lowered in the same manner it was built up; two tablets less each day or two. Sudden discontinuance of thyroid hormones is likely to bring about many unwanted problems.
On the U.S. black market 100 tablets of Triacana usually costs approximately $75-100 when located. The French version is found almost exclusively, produced by the Medgenix Company. This version is packaged in boxes of 100, packed in four strips of 25 tablets each. It is interesting to note that this item was introduced to the. Sports supplement market briefly a few years ago, making tiratricol available to U.S. bodybuilders over-the-counter at a very reasonable cost. However its status as a legitimate supplement quickly came into question by the FDA. Deeming it an unapproved new drug, and not a natural supplement as claimed by the manufacturer, the product was pulled. The FDA went so far as to show up at the warehouses of a few supplement companies to confiscate their inventories. To the best of my knowledge no charges were ever filed, but they did succeed in quickly making the product unavailable. The total life span of tiratricol as a supplement was only about 8 months, after which the black market once again became the only source for this drug.