Cytomel (liothyronine) is a thyroid hormone commonly prescribed to treat hypothyroidism. T4, thyroid hormone, is prescribed to patients diagnosed with hypothyroidism and is taken in a single dose everyday for the rest of their life to compensate for a underproduction of thyroid hormone by the body. As with any medication, Liothyronine may cause some side effects and you should consult your physician if you experience any discomfort.
1 AnswerLiothyronine should never be used as a weight reduction drug. If taken in conjunction with amphetamines, it could place the user in a life-threatening situation. Even if you are feeling well, the dose needs to remain constant. Women who become pregnant while taking liothyronine do not need to discontinue treatments; however, they need to talk with their doctors to determine if the dosage needs to be modified. People with heart disease, angina (chest pain), coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, diabetes or problems with their pituitary or adrenal gland need to consult their physician to determine if liothyronine is appropriate therapy.
1 AnswerPossible side effects include: weight loss, tremors, headaches, upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, nervousness, irritability, insomnia, excessive sweating, increased appetite, fever, changes in menstrual cycle, sensitivity to heat and temporary hair loss (particularly in children during the first month of therapy). If these symptoms become severe, contact your physician. If chest pain (angina), rapid or irregular heartbeat or a rapid pulse occur, immediately call your doctor and stop taking liothyronine.
1 AnswerLiothyronine is a synthetic form of a natural thyroid hormone (triiodothyronine) that is biologically active. Levothyroxine (T4) is converted to triiodothyronine (T3) in the body. Liothyronine is used to treat hypothyroidism and goiters. It is available as the brand names Cytomel (oral) and Triostat (injectable). It is only available by prescription and should not be used as a weight-loss drug.
There are many side effects related to the use of liotrix and they range from mild to severe. Severe side effects include: heat sensitivity, increased perspiration, chest pain, severe allergic reactions, irregular pulse and heartbeat, dry or itchy skin and nervousness.
Liotrix can also cause some milder symptoms, such as tiredness, depression, increased or decreased appetite, menstrual changes, changes in weight, muscle or joint pain, shaking hands, headaches, diarrhea, inability to tolerate extreme climates, tremors, vomiting, nausea, anxiety, insomnia and some hair loss. If you experience any of these severe symptoms, or if your milder symptoms worsen, you should speak with your doctor right away.
1 AnswerLiotrix is a combination of two synthetic (man-made) thyroid medications. It contains levothyroxine (T4) and liothyronine (T3). Liotrix is available only under the brand name Thyrolar. It is a prescription medication for the treatment of hypothyroidism or insufficient production of the natural thyroid hormones by the body. This medication provides the thyroid hormones that are missing. Occasionally, this medication is also used to diagnose a case of mild hyperthyroidism, or overactive thyroid production, or to treat goiter.
Before using liotrix, you should know about some of the risks and benefits associated with this medication. You should not use liotrix if you are allergic to any of its active ingredients or if you have thyrotoxicosis, a history of heart attack or adrenal gland problems that have not been treated. Liotrix should never be used for weight loss, as large doses of liotrix can cause severe and life-threatening side effects. Additionally, certain medical conditions and medications can increase your chances for complications associated with liotrix.
Medical conditions that may interact with liotrix include: allergies, surgery, pregnancy, breastfeeding, high blood pressure, overactive thyroid, underactive thyroid, heart disease, diabetes and myxedema. Medications that may interact adversely with liotrix include: estrogen, iron salts, androgens, oral steroids, antidepressants, oral contraceptives, carbamazepine, cholestyramine, St. John's Wort, blood thinners, digitalis glycosides, hypoglycemics and insulin. This is not an exhaustive list of possible interactive drugs and conditions.
Before you begin taking this or any other medication, you should talk to your doctor about possible interactions existing between your medications and medical conditions.
1 AnswerDr. Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD , Pharmacy, answered
Thyroid hormone affects the function of the heart and other organs. Too much thyroid hormone may increase heart rate, cause an abnormal heart rhythm, heart attack, or heart failure. The Elderly and individuals that already have heart problems are more prone to developing heart related side effects from thyroid hormone replacement. The dose of thyroid hormone is usually adjusted if heart-related side effects develop or worsen.
1 AnswerYour pharmacist is one of the best people to turn to about how to store your medication properly, which is always crucial if it's going to function as effectively as possible. When it comes to thyroid (Armour Thyroid), your pharmacist will probably tell you this: do not keep it in the bathroom; heat/moisture can damage it. Instead, keep it at room temperature, tightly sealed in its original container. Make sure it's kept out of the reach of pets and children.
1 AnswerThere are quite a number of drugs that may not interact well with thyroid (Armour Thyroid). Here are just a few to discuss with your doctor:
- female hormone estrogen (found in hormone replacement therapy and birth control pills)
- diabetes medicines, both pills and insulin injections
- blood thinners (anticoagulants), most commonly warfarin (Coumadin)
- anti-seizure medicines including carbamazepine (Carbatrol, Epitol, Tegretol); phenobarbital (Luminal, Solfoton); and phenytoin (Dilantin, Phenytek)
- heart medicines including digoxin (Lanoxin)
- steroids such as dexamethasone (Decadron, Dexone, Dexpak)