Side Effects of Cytomel

The side effects of Cytomel have for years been a subject of intense debate. Overall, this is a very well-tolerated thyroid hormone when used by adults as it is a perfect replica of the naturally produced thyroid hormone triiodothyronine, also known as the T3 hormone. Officially known as Liothyronine Sodium, Cytomel being the most commonly associate brand name, unfortunately, there have been myths purported that have been deemed as truth in many circles. The predominant fear revolving around the side effects of Cytomel is hypothyroidism in that use will lead to a hypothyroidism condition. However, we will find that while this could be possible it is highly unlikely and virtually unheard of with responsible use. While hypothyroidism is unlikely, there are other side effects of Cytomel we need to be aware of, and they will largely surround the individualistic nature of man. This is not a unique concept to this thyroid medication, but it is something that holds true with most things we put in our body. Most can tolerate Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS) very well, but we’ll always find those who cannot take such compounds. Common NSAIDS include:

  • Aspirin (Bayer, Excedrin, etc.)
  • Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc)
  • Naproxen (Aleve)

The majority of people can use the above listed NSAIDS without complications if they do so responsibly, but a poor responder can risk serious complications or at least problematic effects. When looking at the side effects of Cytomel there really is no difference. *Response Side Effects of Cytomel: The response based side effects of Cytomel represent the most common adverse reactions, and while they are the most common they will not affect most people. In some cases, the response base side effects can be eliminated by reducing the dose. In other cases, simply allowing the body a few days to adjust will do the trick. However, some will be such poor responders based on the total reaction they will not be able to use this hormone. The response based side effects of Cytomel include:

  • Headache
  • Increased Bowel Motility
  • Irregular Heartbeat
  • Menstrual Irregularities
  • Nervousness
  • Sweating

*Severe Side Effects of Cytomel: There are four possible side effects of Cytomel that while possible are highly dependent on abuse of the hormone, but they can be severe. Generally, these side effects of Cytomel will be plausible with long term extremely high dose use. The individualistic nature of man can cause this to carry with it some variance; however, the average adult who supplements responsibly should have no issues of concern. The severe side effects of Cytomel include:

  • Angina (chest pain – caused by decreased blood flow to specific areas of the heart – those with previous heart conditions or complications should seek out treatment immediately)
  • Congestive Heart Failure (the heart is unable to distribute blood through the body adequately in order to meet its needs)
  • Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid – may cause anxiety, increased sweating, rapid heart rate, insomnia, thinning of the skin, hair loss, loss of muscular strength, rapid or dramatic weight loss and several other possible issues.
  • Thyrotoxic  Crisis (sometimes referred to as Thyroid Storm – can lead to a massive increase in body temperature – arrhythmia, dehydration, diarrhea and vomiting are common symptoms and can also lead to coma or even death – this is an extremely rare condition and will take enormous doses to achieve in most adults – the odds of Thyrotoxic are very low but of all the possible side effects of Cytomel it is the most concerning)

*Side Effects of Cytomel – Hypothyroidism: There has long since been a fear of thyroid medications among many people due to the issue of hypothyroidism, which simply refers to the thyroids inability to manufacture adequate amounts of thyroid hormones. The idea is simple, synthetic thyroid mediations are used, they are discontinued and at this stage the body no longer has the ability to make its own as it has become dependent on the exogenous hormones. Many fear they will become fat and uncontrollably so due to the T3 hormone playing such an important role on the metabolism. When it comes to the side effects of Cytomel, without question this one has been blown beyond out of proportion. It would truly take massive high dose long term use to truly cause hypothyroidism in an otherwise healthy adult. The thyroid will start making its own T3 very rapidly after use is discontinued, and at a much stronger rate than say testosterone after natural testosterone has been suppressed. That aside, in order to facilitate a smooth recovery it’s not a bad idea to drop down to a low dose for a week or two before discontinuing use completely. There’s no need to ramp down, simply drop down to a low maintenance dose and then discontinue.

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