Triacana belongs to the group of thyroid hormone preparations. Its substance tiratricol is a precursor of the iodiferous thyroid hormone, L-triiodthyronine (L-T3). L-T3, together with another iodiferous thyroid hormone, L-T4 (L-thyroxine), is produced in the thyroid and is the distinctly stronger and more effective of these two hormones. School medicine use Triacana in the treatments of obesity and hyperthyroidism (e.g. Jod-Basedow phenomenon-, goiter). Hyperthyroidism is an abnormal function of the thyroid gland in which the amount of secretion by the thyroid hormone is above average. The thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) stimulates the thyroid gland to produce more L-T3 and L-T4. By the use of Triacana an excessive release of TSH can be avoided.
In the medical arsenal of bodybuilders Triacana has had a firm place since the late 1970’s. After all, its lipolytic (fatburning) effect is sufficiently known. This is due to the hypermetabolic state, increased irritability, and especially higher body temperature (generation of heat) during tshe intake of Triacana. These are factors, which help the T3 (Liothyronine) competing bodybuilder break down fat more easily. By a caloric intake which is higher than usual it is still possible to obtain a lower body fat content together with good muscle hardness. Although Triacana enjoys the reputation among athletes as a strong and especially effective fatburning thyroid hormone preparation, this preparation is a rather mild, well tolerated and relatively harmless compound. The often-made comparison with the two L-T3 thyroid gland hormone compounds, Cytomel and Thybon, is a poor comparison since Triacana, mi-crogram for microgram, has a considerably lower effect. Even the more moderate L-T4 thyroid hormone drugs such as Synthroid or L-thyroxine are stronger than the substance tiratricol.