- Citalopram Hydrobromide
- Fluoxetine Hcl
What is Lithium used for?
Lithium is an antimanic drug used to treat manic episodes associated with manic–depressive disorders. This medication treats manic symptoms such as hyperactivity, elation, poor judgment, rushed speech, aggression, hostility, and reduced need for sleep. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Lithium?
The dosage of Lithium prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Lithium can be taken with food or milk.
What if you miss a dose of Lithium?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Lithium medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Lithium?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Lithium, seek medical attention immediately.
What other drugs could interact with Lithium?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Lithium.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Lithium, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Lithium can interact with calcium channel blockers, diuretics, ACE inhibitors, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Lithium?
Like other medicines, Lithium can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Lithium are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Lithium cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Lithium develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Lithium can cause side effects such as increased thirst, frequent urination, hand tremor, nausea, vomiting, light-headedness, diarrhea, muscle weakness, and dry mouth. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Lithium.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Lithium?
Is it possible for me to take Lithium with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Lithium?
What are the possible drug interactions of Lithium?
How will Lithium work in my body?
How should Lithium be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Lithium drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Lithium is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.