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Lithotabs



USES: This medication is used to treat manic-depressive disorder (bipolar disorder). It works to stabilize the mood and reduces extremes in behavior.

 
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Lithotabs

Uses
This medication is used to treat manic-depressive disorder (bipolar disorder). It works to stabilize the mood and reduces extremes in behavior.
Notes
  • It may take several weeks before the full effects of this medication are noted.
  • Your doctor may perform lab tests periodically during treatment with this medication to check how it is working.
  • Do not change brands of this medication without checking with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Not all brands are identical.

Storage
  • Store at room temperature away from moisture and sunlight.
  • Do not store in the bathroom.
  • Do not freeze liquid forms.


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How To Use
  • Take with food or milk or immediately after meals to prevent stomach upset.
  • This medication works best if the amount of the drug in your body is kept at a constant level.
  • Do this by taking the medication at evenly spaced intervals throughout the day and night.
  • Drink 8-12 glasses of water or other fluid each day and maintain a regular diet while taking this medication.
  • Do not change the amount of salt in your diet unless your doctor tells you to do so.
  • This medication must be taken as prescribed.
  • Do not stop taking this drug suddenly without consulting your doctor.
  • Some conditions may worsen if the medication is suddenly stopped.

Side Effects
  • May cause drowsiness, tiredness, increased thirst, increased frequency of urination, weight gain, and trembling of the hands.
  • These should subside as your body adjusts to the medication.
  • If these symptoms persist or become bothersome, inform your doctor.
  • Notify your doctor if you develop diarrhea, vomiting, fever, unsteady walking, fainting, confusion, slurred speech, rapid heart rate or severe trembling of the hands while taking this medication.
  • If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Tell your doctor your entire medical history especially if you have leukemia, heart disease, kidney disease or other urinary problems, epilepsy, parkinsonism, severe dehydration (symptoms include strong and persistent thirst), infections accompanied with high fever or if you have any allergies.
  • This drug is not recommended for use during pregnancy especially during the first three months.
  • Discuss the benefits and risks with your doctor.
  • Lithium is excreted into breast milk.
  • In most cases, breast-feeding is not recommended while using this drug.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose, take as soon as remembered unless the next scheduled dose is within 2 hours (or 6 hours for slow-release forms).
  • If so, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
  • Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take including anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen (Motrin), certain antidepressants (SSRI) or water pills as your dose may need to be changed.
  • Maintain a normal diet with an average consumption of sodium.
  • Avoid drug products that contain sodium, like sodium bicarbonate, an ingredient in certain antacids.
  • Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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