A 37-year-old male asked:
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can you take lithium carbonate er without food or milk? is that only for those who get upset stomachs taking it??

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Dr. Nicholas Stratas
60 years experience Psychiatry
Trust ur experience: Most people can take lithium with or without food - trust your experience
Answered on Nov 2, 2016
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Dr. Leonard Rosen
48 years experience Psychiatry
Yes: Most people can take LIthium on an empty stomach. However, if lithium is upsetting your stomach, you should always take it with food.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. Katharine Cox
44 years experience Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Best to take: with milk or food as it is easier on your stomach. Do not chew the capsule. There are many drugs that are not compatible. Check to see if is safe to take with other medication. Avoid dehydration as your kidneys are at risk for injury. Make sure you get your levels checked so they stay in a safe range.
Answered on Oct 4, 2017
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