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Lithium (Lithium Carbonate)

Mood Stabilizer

TL;DR: 1-3 sentences that sum up the drug as best you can. Common usage, side effects, things you should know

General Info

  • Other names: List other common names this med might be known as (overseas, shorthand, branding)
  • Legal Status: over-the-counter, prescription, controlled substance

Used to treat

  • FDA-approved
    • Bipolar Disorder Manic Episodes
    • Acute Mania
  • Off-label
    • Cluster headaches (currently not shown to be effective)
    • Graves’ Disease (hyperthyroidism)
    • Augmenting antidepressants

Side Effects

:!: Emergency - If you are experiencing these symptoms you should contact a doctor immediately.

  • Overdose
    • Blurred vision
    • clumsiness or unsteadiness
    • convulsions (seizures)
    • uncontrolled diarrhea
    • hallucinations
    • drowsiness
    • increase in urination
    • lack of coordination
    • loss of appetite
    • muscle weakness
    • consistant nausea or vomiting
    • ringing in the ears
    • slurred speech
    • trembling (severe)
    • trouble walking
    • Memory loss
  • Kidney problems
    • increase in the amount of urine
    • unable to pass urine
    • blood in urine
  • Allergic reaction
    • rash
    • hives
    • itching, red, swollen skin
    • tightness of chest or throat
    • trouble breathing
    • swelling in the mouth or throut
Common side effects
  • Confusion
  • Constipation - goes away with most people
  • Decreased memory
  • Diarrhea - goes away with most people
  • Dry mouth
  • Hand tremor - goes away with most people
  • Headache
  • Hyperreflexia — overresponsive reflexes.
  • Leukocytosis — elevated white blood cell count
  • Muscle weakness - goes away with most people
  • Myoclonus — muscle twitching.
  • Nausea - goes away with most people
  • Polydypsia — thirsty all the time
  • Polyuria — Pee all the time
  • Vomiting - goes away with most people
  • Vertigo
  • Weight gain
  • Acne
Uncommon side effects
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Rare side effects
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  • Side effect 2

Warnings and Contraindications

  • should receive regular serum level tests and should monitor thyroid and kidney function for abnormalities
  • Warning 2

Dosage

Official Guidelines: List the prescribing info

Typical Experience: What ranges are typically most effective for users?

Pricing

Is there a generic available for this med? Is is stupid-expensive for no reason? Is insurance likely to deny it?

Personal Experiences

Read about some of our personal experiences with Lithium.

meds/lithium.txt · Last modified: 2017/05/07 11:40 by imrcly