- Do not use this drug to treat obesity or for weight loss. Very bad and sometimes deadly side effects may happen with this drug if it is taken in large doses or with other drugs for weight loss. Talk with the doctor.
- It is used to add thyroid hormone to the body.
- It is used to treat or prevent an enlarged thyroid gland.
- It is used to test for thyroid problems.
- If you have an allergy to liothyronine or any other part of this drug.
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you have any of these health problems: Overactive thyroid gland or weak adrenal gland.
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take this drug. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Do not run out of this drug.
- If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), you will need to watch your blood sugar closely.
- Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
- If you are 65 or older, use this drug with care. You could have more side effects.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Chest pain or pressure or a fast heartbeat.
- A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
- Shortness of breath.
- Feeling more or less hungry.
- A big weight gain or loss.
- Loose stools (diarrhea).
- Throwing up.
- Grouchy or touchy.
- Very nervous and excitable.
- Not able to sleep.
- Bothered by heat.
- Sweating a lot.
- Period (menstrual) changes. These include spotting between cycles or very light periods.
- Hair loss may happen in some people in the first few months of using this drug. This most often goes back to normal.
- Irritation where the shot is given.
- Take this drug at the same time of day.
- Do not take colesevelam, colestipol, or cholestyramine within 4 hours of this drug.
- It may take several weeks to see the full effects.
- Keep taking this drug as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.
- It is given as a shot into a vein.
- Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
- Call your doctor to find out what to do.
- Store at room temperature.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Protect from light.
- The shot will be given to you in a hospital or doctor’s office. You will not store it at home.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else’s drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.