Generic Name: Lithium Carbonate (LITH-ee-um)Drug Class: Antimanic
- Drug Uses
- General Information
- How it Works
- How to Take It
- Possible Side Effects
- Warnings and Precautions
- Drug Interactions
- Missing a Dose
- Pregnancy or Nursing
This information is for educational purposes only. Not every known side effect,
adverse effect, or drug interaction is in this database. If you have questions
about your medicines, talk to your health care provider.
How it Works
How to Take It
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. Take
this medicine with food or milk. Drinking extra Fluids (8 to 10 glasses of
water or other liquid) while you are taking this medicine is recommended.
Check with your healthcare provider for more instructions. Do NOT change the
amount of salt in your diet unless you have talked with your doctor.
Possible Side Effects
- Side effects include:
- mild thirst
- frequent urination
- fine hand tremor
- or mild nausea
- Check with your doctor AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you experience diarrhea, vomiting, unsteadiness, difficulty walking, or unusual muscle weakness.
- If you experience other bothersome side effects, contact your health care provider.
- Several days to weeks may pass before you feel the full benefit of this medicine. Do not stop taking this medicine without checking with your doctor.
- Alcoholic beverages can increase the effects of this medicine and should be avoided.
- Use caution in hot weather. Drink plenty of fluids and avoid getting overheated
- Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to this medicine.
- AVOID large amounts of caffeine-containing foods and beverages, such as coffee, tea, cocoa, cola drinks, and chocolate.
- Seek medical attention immediately. For non emergencies, contact your local or regional poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.
- Before you begin taking any new medicine, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
- Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking medicines that contain ibuprofen (Motrin) or naproxen (Naprosyn).
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out
of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat
and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated
or no longer needed.
This medicine has been shown to CAUSE HARM to the human fetus. If you plan
on becoming pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using
this medicine during pregnancy. This medicine is excreted in breast milk.
It is advised that you DO NOT breast-feed while taking this medicine unless
you have talked to your doctor or pediatrician.
More InformationFor more information, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or health care provider.
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 19 May 2015
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