What is this medicine?
LIOTHYRONINE (lye oh THYE roe neen) injection is a thyroid hormone. It can improve symptoms of serious thyroid deficiency, known as myxedema. It will improve symptoms such as slow speech, lack of alertness, lack of energy, weight gain, hair loss, dry skin, and feeling cold. The injection is normally used in the hospital.
How should I use this medicine?
This medicine is for injection into a a vein by a health care professional in a hospital setting.
Contact your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
difficulty breathing, wheezing, or shortness of breath
excessive sweating or intolerance to heat
fast or irregular heartbeat
skin rash or hives
swelling of ankles, feet, or legs
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
What may interact with this medicine?
female hormones, including contraceptive or birth control pills
medicines for colds and breathing difficulties
medicines for diabetes
medicines for mental depression
medicines or herbals used to decrease weight or appetite
phenobarbital or other barbiturate medications
prednisone or other corticosteroids
What if I miss a dose?
This does not apply. Your health care professional will give this medicine as ordered.
Where should I keep my medicine?
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
dieting or on a weight loss program
high levels of thyroid hormone
pituitary gland problem
previous heart attack
an unusual or allergic reaction to liothyronine, thyroid hormones, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
You will need regular exams and occasional blood tests to check the response to treatment. If you receive this medicine for an underactive thyroid, it may be several weeks before you notice an improvement. Check with your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve.