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Lithium (Cibalith-S, Eskalith, Eskalith CR, Lithane, Lithobid) is used to treat patients that experience mania. This drug is effect on both the manic and depressive phases of bipolar disorder (manic-depression.)
Common: Diarrhea, frequent urination, nausea, skin rashes, tremor, or weight gain.
Rare: Acne, anxiety, aggressiveness, blurred vision, convulsions, delirium / stupor, heat / cold intolerance, lethargy / muscle weakness, memory / concentration problems, mood changes, or sleep disturbances.
See physician always: Diarrhea, frequent urination, nausea, tremor, weight gain, acne, anxiety, aggressiveness, blurred vision, convulsions, delirium / stupor, heat / cold intolerance, lethargy / muscle weakness, memory / concentration problems or mood changes.
See physician if severe: Frequent urination or sleep disturbances.
See physician NOW: Skin rashes.
Stop taking and see physician NOW: Blurred vision, convulsions, or delirium / stupor.
Interactions: Antithyroid pills or water pills (diuretics). Medication for asthma, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, emphysema, or sinusitis.
The habit-forming potential is none. For long term use however may be related to thyroid and kidney problems. Renal and thyroid functions must be monitored ever six months.
Do not take this drug if you are pregnant. Lithium may increase risk of birth defects! (e.g.. Heart malformations)
Do not take this drug if planning to become pregnant. Do not take if you are breast-feeding.
Do not give this drug to anyone under the age of twelve. If over sixty only use drug in small doses and with close monitoring of it's side effects.
Do not use if: You had negative reactions to this drug in the past.
Inform your Doctor if: You had negative reactions to this drug in the past. If you have epilepsy. If you have kidney, thyroid, or cardiovascular disease. If you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription drug. If you plan to be under anesthesia or having any surgery in the next few months, also if you will be undergoing any medical tests. If you are on a special diet (low-salt / low-sugar or any other.)
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