Liothyronine injection

February 14, 2018

Liothyronine injection

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:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • anxious

  • breathing problems

  • changes in menstrual periods

  • chest pain

  • diarrhea

  • excessive sweating or intolerance to heat

  • fast or irregular heartbeat

  • leg cramps

  • nervousness

  • swelling of ankles, feet, or legs

  • tremors

  • trouble sleeping

  • vomiting

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • changes in appetite

  • headache

  • irritable

  • nausea

  • weight loss

What may interact with this medicine?

  • amiodarone

  • carbamazepine

  • certain medicines for depression

  • certain medicines to treat cancer

  • clofibrate

  • digoxin

  • female hormones, like estrogens and birth control pills, patches, rings, or injections

  • ketamine

  • lithium

  • medicines for colds and breathing difficulties

  • medicines for diabetes

  • medicines or dietary supplements for weight loss

  • methadone

  • oxandrolone

  • phenobarbital or other barbiturates

  • phenytoin

  • rifampin

  • soy isoflavones

  • steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone

  • testosterone

  • theophylline

  • warfarin

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:

  • Addison's disease or other adrenal gland problem

  • angina

  • bone problems

  • diabetes

  • dieting or on a weight loss program

  • fertility problems

  • heart disease

  • pituitary gland problem

  • take medicines that treat or prevent blood clots

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to levothyroxine, thyroid hormones, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

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.


February 14, 2018