Cytomel is a thyroid hormone that is used to treat low thyroid function (hypothyroidism). It is also used to treat or prevent different types of goiters, as an aid to diagnose certain thyroid conditions, or to treat patients who are allergic to other thyroid medicines. It works by replacing or supplementing the natural thyroid hormones in the body.
What Can Happen if My Hypothyroidism Goes Untreated?
As the body expects a specific amount of thyroid hormone, the pittuarty gland will generate extra thyroid-stimulating-hormone (TSH) to encourage the thyroid to generate more hormone. The additional TSH causes the thyroid gland to swell and enlarge and can form a goiter. If a goiter goes untreated, the symptoms will get advance and in some rare instances, it may lead to life-threatening issues such as depression, coma, or heart failure.
What Should I Tell My Doctor Before Using Cytomel?
Before using Cytomel, tell your doctor if you are allergic to Cytomel or to other medicines, foods, or other substances, you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding a baby, planning to have surgery or taking blood thinners. You are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement.
Tell your doctor if you have/are:
- Heart disease, angina or chest pain,
- High blood pressure, diabetes,
- An overactive thyroid,
- A long-standing condition of underactive thyroid,
What Should I Know Before Using Cytomel?
- Use caution as Estrogen or birth control pills, insulin or any other medicine for diabetes may decrease Cytomel ‘s effectiveness
- Cytomel must be taken at least 4 hours apart from calcium salts (calcium carbonate), cholestyramine, or sucralfate.
- You must take Cytomel regular and in same time for its best effects.
- Used with caution Cytomel in Elderly and children.
- Lab tests, including thyroid function and blood sugar tests, must be performed while you use Cytomel.
What are the Side Effects of Cytomel?
Common side effects:
Partial, temporary hair loss in children.
Severe side effects:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); changes in appetite; changes in menstrual periods; changes in weight; chest pain; diarrhea; difficulty breathing; excessive sweating; headache; inability to tolerate warm or hot room/weather conditions; increased heart rate; irregular heartbeat; leg cramps; nervousness; pounding in the chest; shortness of breath; tremor; vomiting.
This information is advisory only. It does not contain all information about this medication. If you have any questions about Cytomel , ask your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.
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