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Cytomel

Last reviewed on RxList: 9/21/2016
Cytomel Side Effects Center

Last reviewed on RxList 9/14/2016

Cytomel (liothyronine sodium) is a synthetic thyroid hormone used to treat hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone). Cytomel is also used to treat or prevent goiter (enlarged thyroid gland), and is also given as part of a medical tests for thyroid disorders. Cytomel is available in generic form. Common side effects of Cytomel include:

  • nausea.

In rare cases, temporary hair loss may occur during the first few months of starting Cytomel (especially in children). Tell your doctor immediately if you experience unlikely but serious signs of too much thyroid hormone including:

  • headache,
  • irritability,
  • trouble sleeping,
  • nervousness,
  • increased sweating,
  • heat intolerance,
  • diarrhea, and
  • menstrual changes.

To treat mild hypothyroidism the recommended starting dose of Cytomel is 25 mcg daily. Usual maintenance dose is 25 to 75 mcg daily. Dosage for other conditions varies. Cytomel may interact with birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy, blood thinners, digoxin, insulin or oral diabetes medication, medications that contain iodine, antidepressants, aspirin or other salicylates, or steroids. Tell your doctor all medications you use. Current information shows Cytomel may be used during pregnancy. Consult your doctor before becoming pregnant. This medication passes into breast milk. While there have been no reports of harm to nursing infants, consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Our Cytomel (liothyronine sodium) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Cytomel Consumer Information

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Less serious side effects may include temporary hair loss (especially in children).

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Cytomel (Liothyronine Sodium)

Cytomel Professional Information

SIDE EFFECTS

Adverse reactions, other than those indicative of hyperthyroidism because of therapeutic overdosage, either initially or during the maintenance period are rare (see OVERDOSAGE). In rare instances, allergic skin reactions have been reported with Cytomel (liothyronine sodium) Tablets.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Cytomel (Liothyronine Sodium)

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