- Citalopram Hydrobromide
- Fluoxetine Hcl
What does Lithium treat?
Lithium is a highly effective medication that is widely prescribed to treat bi-polar disorders, depression, eating disorders and manic episodes related to manic–depressive disorders. This helps to curb manic symptoms such as poor judgement, hyperactivity, hostility, elation, rushed speech, aggression and reduced need for sleep. This works on the Central Nervous System and helps stabilize the mood. Your physician may use this to treat other ailments based on their discretion.
Follow the Lithium dosage prescribed by your physician. The dosage could vary based on individual patient requirements. Always follow your physician’s instructions or go by the directions on the prescription drug label. Make sure you have it with food or milk. Pregnant and breast-feeding women must not use this medication.
Missed a dose?
Take it immediately once you remember. In case, this time falls close to the next dosage, skip it and get back to the prescribed schedule. Never take a double dose unless your physician specifically directs you to do so.
Don’t waste any time and seek immediate medical attention.
Drug interactions must be considered before starting to take any kind of drug. Drug interactions might happen either when Lithium is taken along with another drug or with particular foods. To prevent any kind of negative interaction, make sure you inform your doctor of any drugs you are taking including non-prescription medication, OTCs, health supplements like vitamins, minerals, herbal medicine, drinks with caffeine and alcohol, illegal drugs, smoking habits and so on which may increase the effect of Lithium.
It may interact with:
It may also interact with calcium channel blockers, diuretics, ACE inhibitors, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. This is not an exhaustive list though.
Appraise your doctor of any medical conditions that you are suffering from and your family history of medical ailments. It’s important that you do not stop or start taking any medicine without the consent of your physician.
Possible Side Effects
Lithium might have some side effects but it’s not possible to anticipate them. It does not have any major side effects and the minor ones that may occur are temporary. In rare cases, there might be major side effects and immediate medical attention must be sought.
Some of the side effects could be increased thirst, frequent urination, a dazed feeling, weight gain, hand tremor, nausea, vomiting, light-headedness, diarrhea, muscle weakness and dry mouth. This is not the complete list though.
In case, there is a change in intensity of side effects or if any new side effects develop, make sure you consult your doctor.
What to ask your doctor before you start on Lithium
- Can I take Lithium along with other drugs?
- Are there certain foods, beverages and products to be avoided while on Lithium?
- What is the dosage of Lithium to be consumed?
- How should I use Lithium?
- How will Lithium work on my body?
- How can the drug interactions and side effects of Lithium be minimized or completely avoided?
The health and medical information that we have provided are meant to supplement and not substitute the advice of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professionals. This does not suggest that usage of Lithium is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always ensure that you take this or any other drug only after consulting your physician.