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What are the side effects to taking the T4 hormone?


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Answered 2007-10-20 16:53:02

There are many, including:

Increased heart rate

Heart arrhythmias

Myocardial infarction ("heart attack")

Low blood pressure

Heat intolerance

Anxiety

Skin flushing

A more complete (but not comprehensive) list is at:

http://www.pdrhealth.com/drug_info/rxdrugprofiles/drugs/syn1421.shtml

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