A 54-year-old female asked:
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what are symptoms of lithium toxicity?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
42 years experience Psychiatry
Lithium toxicity: Lithium can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, muscle weakness, and fatigue. Also there can be a fine tremor of the hands or legs, muscle twitches, difficulty walking, slurred speech, nystagmus, and seizures. Management is to reduce dose or temporarily stop the drug. Lithium levels need to be monitored regularly, and kept in therapeutic range (maintenance .6 - 1 mmol/l).
Answered on May 19, 2014
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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
32 years experience Psychiatry
Lithium: I agree with dr. Pappas. Treating toxicity is an emergency to prevent organ damage.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016

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