Thyrolar Patient Information Including Side Effects
Brand Names: Thyrolar-1, Thyrolar-1/2, Thyrolar-1/4, Thyrolar-2, Thyrolar-3
Generic Name: liotrix (Pronunciation: LYE oh trix)
- What is liotrix (Thyrolar)?
- What are the possible side effects of liotrix (Thyrolar)?
- What is the most important information I should know about liotrix (Thyrolar)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking liotrix (Thyrolar)?
- How should I take liotrix (Thyrolar)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Thyrolar)?
- What happens if I overdose (Thyrolar)?
- What should I avoid while taking liotrix (Thyrolar)?
- What other drugs will affect liotrix (Thyrolar)?
- Where can I get more information?
What is liotrix (Thyrolar)?
Liotrix is a man-made form of a hormone that is normally produced by your thyroid gland to regulate the body's energy and metabolism. Liotrix is given when the thyroid does not produce enough of this hormone on its own.
Liotrix treats hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone). Liotrix is also used to treat or prevent goiter (enlarged thyroid gland), and is also given as part of a medical tests for thyroid disorders.
Liotrix should not be used to treat obesity or weight problems.
Liotrix may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of liotrix (Thyrolar)?
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:
- depression, anxiety, feeling weak or tired;
- weight gain;
- dry or itchy skin;
- joint or muscle pain; or
- 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 Thyrolar (liotrix) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects »
What is the most important information I should know about liotrix (Thyrolar)?
Since thyroid hormone occurs naturally in the body, almost anyone can take liotrix. However, you may not be able to use this medication if you have a thyroid disorder called thyrotoxicosis, or an adrenal gland problem that is not controlled by treatment.
Before taking liotrix, tell your doctor if you have heart disease, angina (chest pain), coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, diabetes, or problems with your pituitary or adrenal glands.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
To be sure this medication is helping your condition, your blood may need to be tested often. Visit your doctor regularly.
Keep using this medicine as directed, even if you feel well. You may need to take thyroid medication for the rest of your life.
Call your doctor if you notice any signs of thyroid toxicity, such as chest pain, fast or pounding heartbeats, feeling hot or nervous, or sweating more than usual.
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