Lithium is a natural substance. When used as a medicine it reduces the chemicals in the body that cause mania or extreme excitement. Lithium is used to treat manic-depressive illnesses and symptoms of mania which include rushed speech, poor judgment, hyperactivity, anger, aggression and a reduced need for sleep.
Dosage Information for Lithium
- Inform your physician of any medications you take prior to starting a treatment of Lithium.
- Take as directed by your physician.
- Lithium should be taken with an 8 ounce glass of water. You should drink between 8-12 glasses of water each day when taking this medication. This medication may make you dehydrated. Notify your doctor if you have lost a large amount of fluid due to vomiting, diarrhea or sweating.
- Do not break, chew or crush the Lithium tablets.
- To receive the benefits of this medication it should be taken regularly. Do not discontinue without consulting your doctor.
- You may be required to have regular blood tests during a treatment of lithium.
- If you miss a dose, you should take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, you should skip the missed dose. You should never take a double dose of Lithium.
- Store at room temperature and away from heat.
Special Information About Lithium
- If you plan on becoming pregnant, you should not take Lithium. It can harm your unborn baby.
- If you are breastfeeding, you should consult with your physician prior to taking drug.
- You should tell your physician if you have any of the following conditions prior to taking this medicine: heart, kidney or thyroid disease/problems/disorders.
- This medication may make you dizzy and/or sleepy. You should use caution when performing hazardous activities and driving until you see how the medication affects you. You should use caution if you sit up or stand abruptly as it may make you dizzy.
- You should not consume alcohol or sleeping pills when you are taking this medication as it will increase the side effects.
- Contact your physician if you experience any side effects.
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