Metyrosine is used to treat pheochromocytoma (tumor of the adrenal gland).

Metyrosine is given before surgery to control pheochromocytoma, and is also given when surgery is not possible.

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  • Demser
  • More common
    Diarrhea
    drooling
    trembling and shaking of hands and fingers
    trouble in speaking
    Less common
    Anxiety
    confusion
    hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there)
    mental depression
    Rare
    Black, tarry stools
    blood in urine or stools
    unusual bleeding or bruising
    muscle spasms, especially of neck and back
    painful urination
    pinpoint red spots on skin
    restlessness
    shortness of breath
    shuffling walk
    skin rash and itching
    swelling of feet or lower legs
    tic-like (jerky) movements of head, face, mouth, and neck
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    Some of the side effects that can occur with metyrosine may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

    More common
    Drowsiness
    Less common
    Decreased sexual ability in men
    dryness of mouth
    nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain
    stuffy nose
    swelling of breasts or unusual milk production
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