Generic name: Lithium
Brand names: Lithium
What is/are Lithobid (LITHIUM)?
Lithobid is taken to prevent and cure the manic episodes caused by manic-depressive disease. This pill may be taken for other goal; ask your pediatrician if you have questions.
What should I report to my physician before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- dehydration (diarrhea or sweating)
- heart or blood vessel disease
- kidney disease
- low level of salt in the blood, or low salt diet
- an unusual or allergic reaction to lithium, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this remedy?
Use this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the information on the prescription label. Swallow the tablets whole. Do not break, crush or chew. Use after a meal or snack to avoid stomach upset. Use your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your drugs more often than directed. The amount of this pill you take is very important. Taking more than the prescribed dose can cause serious side effects. Do not stop taking except the suggestion of your doctor.
report to your nurse regarding the use of this pill in children. Special medication may be needed. While this remedy may be prescribed for children as young as 12 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
If you think you have used too much of this drug contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
Note: This pharmaceutical is only for you. Do not share this pharmaceutical with others.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What may interact with this drug?
Do not take this drug with any of the following:
Stimulant medicines used to treat ADHD or narcolepsy
This pill may also interact with the following:
- calcium iodide
- medicines for high blood pressure
- medicines for mental problems and psychotic disturbances
- NSAIDs, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen
- potassium iodide, KI
- sodium bicarbonate
- sodium chloride
This list may not show all possible interactions. Give your physician a catalogueof all the drugs, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also report to them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your remedy.
What side effects may I notice from this remedy?
Side effects that you should inform your doctor as soon as possible:
- blurred vision
- clumsiness or loss of balance
- difficulty speaking or swallowing
- loss of appetite
- muscle weakness
- nausea, vomiting
- pain, coldness, or blue coloration of fingers or toes
- sensitivity to cold
- slow, fast, or irregular heartbeat (palpitations)
- slurred speech
- swelling in the neck
- unusually weak or tired
- unusual weight gain
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention
(report to your doctor if they continue or are bothersome):
- increased thirst
- increased frequency and urgency to pass urine
- muscle twitches
- skin rash
- stomach bloating, full feeling
- trembling of the hands
This register may not show all possible side effects.
What should I watch for while taking this drug?
Visit your doctor for regular checks on your progress. It can take several weeks of treatment before you start to get better.
The amount of salt (sodium) in your body influences the effects of this drug, and this drug can increase salt loss from the body. Eat a normal diet that includes salt. Do not change to salt substitutes. Avoid changes involving diet, or cure that include large amounts of sodium like sodium bicarbonate. Ask your physician for recommendation if you are not sure.
Drink plenty of fluids while you are taking this specific. Avoid drinks that contain caffeine, such as coffee, tea and colas. You will need extra fluids if you have diarrhea or sweat a lot. This will help avert toxic effects from this pharmaceutical. Be careful not to get overheated during exercise, saunas, hot baths, and hot weather. Consult your health care provider if you have a high fever or persistent diarrhea.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this specific affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells.
Where should I keep this pill?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Keep container tightly closed. Protect from light. Throw away any unused specific after the expiration date.