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Cytomel

Cytomel Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Cytomel (liothyronine sodium) is used to treat hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone). It 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 a synthetic thyroid hormone. This medication is available in generic form. Common side effects include nausea. In rare cases, temporary hair loss may occur during the first few months of starting this drug (especially in children).

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 breast-feeding.

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.

What is Patient Information in Detail?

Easy-to-read and understand detailed drug information and pill images for the patient or caregiver from Cerner Multum.

Cytomel in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects

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) »

What is Patient Information Overview?

A concise overview of the drug for the patient or caregiver from First DataBank.

Cytomel Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects

SIDE EFFECTS: Nausea may occur. In rare instances, some temporary hair loss may occur during the first few months of starting this drug (especially in children). If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Though unlikely, it is possible to have too much thyroid hormone. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious signs of too much thyroid hormone occur: headache, irritability, trouble sleeping, nervousness, increased sweating, heat intolerance, diarrhea, menstrual changes.

Seek immediate medical attention if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: chest pain, trouble breathing with exercise, fast/irregular/pounding heartbeat, swelling of the arms/legs, extreme weakness.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

Read the entire patient information overview for Cytomel (Liothyronine Sodium)»

What is Prescribing information?

The FDA package insert formatted in easy-to-find categories for health professionals and clinicians.

Cytomel FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
(Adverse Reactions)

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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You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.


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