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Cytomel Side Effects

Generic Name: liothyronine

Note: This document contains side effect information about liothyronine. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Cytomel.

For the Consumer

Applies to liothyronine: oral tablet

Along with its needed effects, liothyronine (the active ingredient contained in Cytomel) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking liothyronine:

  • Arm, back or jaw pain
  • changes in appetite
  • changes in menstrual periods
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • chest tightness or heaviness
  • cold clammy skin
  • confusion
  • decreased urine output
  • diarrhea
  • dilated neck veins
  • dizziness
  • extreme fatigue
  • fainting
  • fast, slow, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
  • fever
  • hand tremors
  • headache
  • increased bowel movements
  • irregular breathing
  • irritability
  • leg cramps
  • lightheadedness
  • menstrual changes
  • nausea
  • nervousness
  • sensitivity to heat
  • shortness of breath
  • sweating
  • swelling of face, fingers, feet, or lower legs
  • troubled breathing
  • trouble sleeping
  • vomiting
  • weak pulse
  • weight gain
  • weight loss
  • wheezing

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to liothyronine: compounding powder, intravenous solution, oral tablet

General

Reported side effects are usually indicative of excessive dosage and will usually disappear when the dose is reduced or treatment is stopped.[Ref]

Cardiovascular

Common (1% to 10%): Arrhythmia, tachycardia, cardiopulmonary arrest, hypotension, myocardial infarction
Frequency not reported: Angina, congestive heart failure, hypertension, flushing, palpitation[Ref]

Nervous system

Frequency not reported: Headache, tremor, benign intracranial hypertension[Ref]

Dermatologic

Frequency not reported: Allergic skin reaction, sweating, rash pruritus, transient hair loss[Ref]

Musculoskeletal

Frequency not reported: Twitching, muscle cramps, muscle weakness, craniostenosis, premature closure of epiphysis[Ref]

Gastrointestinal

Frequency not reported: Diarrhea, vomiting[Ref]

Immunologic

Frequency not reported: Hypersensitivity reaction[Ref]

Local

Frequency not reported: Phlebitis[Ref]

Psychiatric

Frequency not reported: Restlessness, excitability, insomnia[Ref]

Genitourinary

Frequency not reported: Menstruation irregular[Ref]

Other

Frequency not reported: Fever, edema, weight loss, heat intolerance[Ref]

References

1. "Product Information. Triostat (liothyronine)." JHP Pharmaceuticals, Saddle River, NJ.

2. "Product Information. Cytomel (liothyronine)." Monarch Pharmaceuticals Inc, Bristol, TN.

3. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0

4. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0

Some side effects of Cytomel may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.

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