Generic Name: Triacana Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Uses

What is Triacana® (triac – tiratricol) used for?

Triacana® is commonly used as a dietary supplement for thyroid problems including thyroid cancer. It is also used for increasing metabolic rate for weight loss, and reducing cellulite.

How should I take Triacana® (triac – tiratricol)?

This drug is taken by mouth. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger amounts or for longer than recommended.

How do I store Triacana® (triac – tiratricol)?

Triacana® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Triacana® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Triacana® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Triacana® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Triacana® (triac – tiratricol)?

This drug is contraindicated for patients who have:

  • Untreated thyrotoxicosis of any etiology
  • Uncorrected adrenal insufficiency
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Pregnancy

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

Pregnancy

Tiratricol can be used during pregnancy for thyroid problems in the developing infant, under the direct supervision of a healthcare provider. However, tiratricol should not be used for other purposes during pregnancy because it might harm the developing infant’s heart.

Breastfeeding

Not enough is known about the safety of using tiratricol during breastfeeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Triacana® (triac – tiratricol)?

There are some side effects when using this drug, such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Lethargy
  • Profound weight loss
  • Severe diarrhea
  • Abnormal thyroid function test

Also, it could lead to potentially fatal, including heart attacks and stroke.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Triacana® (triac – tiratricol)?

Triacana® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Products may interact with this drug, including:

Stimulant drugs

Stimulant drugs speed up the nervous system. By speeding up the nervous system, stimulant medications can make you feel jittery and speed up your heartbeat. Tiratricol might also speed up the nervous system. Taking tiratricol along with stimulant drugs might cause serious problems including increased heart rate and high blood pressure. Avoid taking stimulant drugs along with tiratricol.

Some stimulant drugs include diethylpropion (Tenuate), epinephrine, phentermine (Ionamin), pseudoephedrine (Sudafed), and many others.

Thyroid hormone

Tiratricol works similarly to thyroid hormones. Taking tiratricol along with thyroid hormone pills might increase the chance of side effects from thyroid hormone.

Cholestyramine (Questran)

Cholestyramine (Questran) might decrease how much tiratricol the body absorbs. By decreasing how much tiratricol the body absorbs, cholestyramine (Questran) might decrease the effectiveness of tiratricol supplements. To avoid this interaction, take tiratricol at least one hour before or four hours after taking cholestyramine.

Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs)

Large amounts of tiratricol can decrease blood sugar levels. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking tiratricol along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to be too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.

Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others.

Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs)

Tiratricol might slow blood clotting. Taking tiratricol along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.

Some medications that slow blood clotting include aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, others), dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), heparin, warfarin (Coumadin), and others.

Does food or alcohol interact with Triacana® (triac – tiratricol)?

Triacana® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Triacana® (triac – tiratricol)?

Triacana® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

These health conditions may include:

  • The elderly: It might be unsafe to use tiratricol in elderly people who have undiagnosed heart disease.
  • Heart disease: Taking tiratricol might make symptoms worse. Avoid use.
  • Chest pain (angina): Taking tiratricol might make symptoms worse. Avoid use.
  • High blood pressure: Taking tiratricol might make this condition worse. Avoid use.
  • Diabetes: There is some concern that tiratricol might interfere with blood sugar control, and doses of medications used to treat diabetes might need to be adjusted. If you have diabetes and use tiratricol, monitor you blood sugar levels carefully.
  • Liver disease: Tiratricol might harm the liver. It might also make existing liver disease worse. Avoid use.
  • Myxedema: Myxedema is a disease caused by an under-active thyroid gland. People with myxedema might be particularly sensitive to thyroid agents, including tiratricol.
  • Bleeding problems: Tiratricol might slow blood clotting. There is some concern that tiratricol might increase the risk of bleeding in people with certain bleeding problems. Avoid use.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Triacana® (triac – tiratricol).

What is the dose of Triacana® (triac – tiratricol) for an adult?

For treating thyroid cancer in combination with a medication called levothyroxine:

The recommended dose is 10-24 mcg of tiratricol twice daily at the beginning of treatment. The dose is gradually increased to the amount needed for benefit.

What is the dose of Triacana® (triac – tiratricol) for a child?

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is Triacana® (triac – tiratricol) available?

Triacana® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Tablets; Oral; Tiratricol 0.35 mg

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Triacana®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

 

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Review Date: March 11, 2017 | Last Modified: March 11, 2017

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