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Quit lithium (eskalith) cold?

Quit lithium (eskalith) cold?

Let your Dr. Guide U: Depending on how long you've been on it, your dr. May recommend different discontinuation regimen. Also, you'd wanna talk to your dr. About your reasons to get off of it. Be open with your dr. Good luck! ...Read more

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Lithium Carbonate (Definition)

Lithium carbonate is a medication approved to treat bipolar type 1 acute manic episodes. It is also used for as maintenance therapy to prevent future bipolar mood episodes. Its clinically efficacy is related to serum levels which require blood draws. It can cause a minor to serious side effects and is life threatening in overdose. For additional information, please refer ...Read more


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Can I quit lithium (eskalith) cold turkey?

Can I quit lithium (eskalith) cold turkey?

You shouldn't: If you have been stabilized by lithium or even if you have only had patrtial resolution of symptoms, you should wean off of lithium and other mood stabilizers as there can be a rapid and severe mood change into depression or mania. ...Read more

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What happens when a person is prescribed eskalith (lithium carbonate) and does not really need it?

What happens when a person is prescribed eskalith (lithium carbonate) and does not really need it?

Really?: This is a lithium preparation most often used in the treatment of bipolar disorder.This is a most difficult problem to treat in that our patients are resistant to the diagnosis and don't want to take the med as that means they accept the diagnosis. Please discuss this further with your dr. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: lithium carbonate?

Lithium: Lithium carbonate is a medication approved to treat bipolar type 1 acute manic episodes. It is also used for as maintenance therapy to prevent future bipolar mood episodes. Its clinically efficacy is related to serum levels which require blood draws. It can cause a minor to serious side effects and is life threatening in overdose. For additional information, please refer to the fda website. ...Read more

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Can lithium carbonate cause a Parkinson's favoring to one side and by ceasing the medication will it go away?

Can lithium carbonate cause a Parkinson's favoring to one side and by ceasing the medication will it go away?

Lithium induced: Tremors are usually seen in outstretched fingers and is not usually limited to one side. They go away sometimes with reduction in dosage or discontinuation if the medication. ...Read more

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Are there any blood pressure medications that are safe to use along with lithobid (lithium carbonate) 2700mg (daily)?

Are there any blood pressure medications that are safe to use along with lithobid (lithium carbonate) 2700mg (daily)?

Yes: You typically want to stay away from medications that are diuretics. The other medications, in consultation with your doctor, are ok. ...Read more

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What is lithium carbonate for?

Lithium carbonate: Lithium carbonate is most frequently prescribed to treat lability in bipolar disorder, as well as schizoaffective disorder. It can be used to augment treatment in major depression as well. ...Read more

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What can I expect when taking lithium carbonate?

Lithium Carbonate: If you have bipolar disorder and your doctor has prescribed lithium carbonate, you can expect more mood stability -- less problems with depression and/or mania. Some typical side effects include hand tremor, increased thirst, increased urination, and sometimes diarrhea, etc. Your doctor will need to monitor thyroid and kidney function over time, since chronic lithium use can affect those. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is lithium carbonate formed?

Not a DIY project: It's formed by professional chemists in a specially equipped laboratory. The techniques and 'recipe' are protected by patent until it becomes generic, but still it's not available to everyday folk. ...Read more

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Who should not take Lithobid (lithium carbonate)?

Lithobid (lithium carbonate): Lithium is contraindicated in ones with significant kidney or cardiovascular diseases, severe dehydration, sodium deficiency, pregnant women, some diuretics, and patients who are poorly compliant. ...Read more

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What's to be expected with lithobid (lithium carbonate)?

Even disposition: This medication is used to help even out moods. It should provide a steadier mood state. ...Read more

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What diet is recommended with lithobid (lithium carbonate)?

What diet is recommended with lithobid (lithium carbonate)?

No particular diet: Salt will lower lithium levels. Diuretics, nonsteroidal analgesics (advil, ibuprophrn, etc) & fluid loss (diarrhea, sweating, vomiting) can raise lithium levels. No special diet required. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between lithobid and lithium carbonate?

Yes: Lithobid (lithium carbonate) is a delayed release preparation that usually causes less stomach side effects. ...Read more

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What's the therapeutic level for lithium carbonate tabs (lithobid)?

.6 to 1.2 mEq/L: Lithium (li) levels must be monitored closely b/c the therapeutic level is close to the toxic level. Toxicity symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, muscle weakness & kidney changes. Should be avoided in pregnancy. Li is processed by the kidneys (not liver). ½ life is 24 hours. Effective serum range is. 6 to 1.2 meq/l. Toxic range starts at ~ 1.5 meq/l. Treatment for toxicity is supportive. ...Read more

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What's your experience with lithobid (lithium carbonate) compliance?

Discontinuation: It is not uncommon for patients on this medication to discontinue. ...Read more

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What's the difference between lithobid (lithium carbonate) and lithium?

What's the difference between lithobid (lithium carbonate) and lithium?

Lithobid (lithium carbonate) vs lithium: Aalthough comprised of the same medication, lithobid (lithium carbonate) is time-released; whereby lithium is not. Both are equally edfective, but the time-released doesn't seem to produce as many GI side effects. Lothobid is typically taken twice/day, hence the "bid" in the name. Lithium is generally taken three times/day (lithotid?). ...Read more

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Would several thousand milligrams of lithium carbonate at one time be dangerous for someone?

Would several thousand milligrams of lithium carbonate at one time be dangerous for someone?

Lithium Toxicity or: Since the average dose is 900mg to 1500mg, taking 3000mg will undoutedly result in lithium toxicity, which is characterized by some nasty characteristics or side effects. Depending on how your body meyabolizes will define whether it is a lethal dose or whether your kidneys will be damagedpossibly requiring dialysis. Too high of a dose can lead to a coma. ...Read more

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Take 9 meds including 900mgs of lithium carbonate. Would it be wise to wear a medic alert id considering the amount of meds I take? Thank you.

Yes.: Yes, it would be wise to wear one. Make sure it includes your allergies and your medical conditions also. You don't have to include your psychiatric illnesses. ...Read more

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I have been taking lithium (lithobid (lithium carbonate)) for 13 years and have gained much weight from it. Should I gain weight on lithobid (lithium carbonate)?

I have been taking lithium (lithobid (lithium carbonate)) for 13 years and have gained much weight from it. Should I gain weight on lithobid (lithium carbonate)?

Yes: Weight gain is an adverse reaction to lithium though I'm sure the benefits in this case outweigh the side effect. If in addition you are taking a second generation antipsychotic as well, this may also add to weight gain. Please discuss with your psychiatrist before taking any actions on you own. ...Read more

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Lithium carbonate worst side effects?

Lithium carbonate worst side effects?

Thyroid and kidney: Lithium toxicity, thyroid effects, and kidney effects are probably the more severe side effects of lithium. It is best to work with your physician to monitor any side effects of lithium. Lithium is quite beneficial though for those with bipolar or if it is used as an adjunct to treat major depression. ...Read more

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Lithobid (lithium carbonate) side effects?

Lithobid (lithium carbonate) side effects?

Lithium: Lithobid (lithium carbonate) is a twice a day formulation of lithium. Side effects include dry mouth, feeling sleepy, hunger, a fine tremor, worsening psoriasis. Lithium can also affect your thyroid and your kidneys. ...Read more

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What are some lithium carbonate side effects?

What are some lithium carbonate side effects?

Lithium carbonate: Adverse effects aren't frequent below a serum level of 1.5 meq/l. Your doctor will be monitoring your dose and blood levels. Fine hand tremor, increased urination, and mild thirst may persist throughout treatment. Diarrhea, vomiting, drowsiness, muscular weakness, and lack of coordination may be early signs of lithium intoxication. Long-term, thyroid and kidney function may be affected. ...Read more

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What doses are available. In lithium carbonate er?

What doses are available. In lithium carbonate er?

Lithium carbonate ER: Lithium carbonate extended release is available in 300mg & 450mg. ...Read more

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Could everyone have lithium carbonate in their blood?

Could everyone have lithium carbonate in their blood?

Not measurable: Lithium is an ion found in nature, so we all have some in our blood. But levels are not usually measurable unless we're taking Lithium Carbonate or other form of lithium. ...Read more

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What are some common side effects from lithium carbonate?

What are some common side effects from lithium carbonate?

Several: I will list some her, not in any order. Nausea, diarrhea, frequent urination, tramor, sedation, feeling dulled, acne, psorasis, increased appetite, weight gain, dizzyness, if it effects the thyroid then there is dry skin, hair loss, fatigue, weight gain, constipation although these can happen with lithum without thyroid involvement. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of lithobid (lithium carbonate)?

See below: The most common are increased thirst. Increased frequency and urgency to pass urine, muscle twitches, skin rash, G.I. Discomfort, trembling of the hands, loss of appetite. ...Read more

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What are some of the usual side effects of lithium carbonate?

What are some of the usual side effects of lithium carbonate?

Multiple: It is a salt. Intention tremor, diarrhea, cognitive dullness, hypo thyroidim, ataxia, long term kidney problems. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Lithium carbonate overdose?

What is the definition or description of: Lithium carbonate overdose?

Important Question: Lithium Carbonate is given for mood control in folks suffering from Bipolar and other Affective disorders. It is in fact a mineral that for effectiveness needs to be prescribed rather close to the toxic levels. An overdose means the concentration of the active metabolite in the blood is reaching toxic levels. Lithium levels need to checked often for exactly this reason. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of coming off lithium carbonate 300mg x2 daily?

Lithium side effect?: Actually u could ask you physician and he will tell u and or u pharmacy and u will receive a print out of medication side effect. ...Read more

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I was just put on lithobid (lithium carbonate). What side effects should I expect?

Common but small: Common side effects include dry mouth, sleepiness, increased hunger, nausea, and diarrhea. Common side effects tend to lessen with continued use. Lithium can also worsen existing psoriasis, affect your thyroid and your kidneys, and cause a fine tremor. ...Read more

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Is it common to have increased appetite with lithobid (lithium carbonate) (900 mg) daily?

Usually not: Lithobid (lithium carbonate) can cause weight gain by decreasing metabolic rate, but appetite increase is an unusual side effect. ...Read more

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Can you tell me some common side effects regular people experience from lithium carbonate?

See below: The side effects of lithium sometimes depend on the dose, with more side effects seen at higher doses.
Common side effects are tremor, fatigue, increased thirst, increased urination.
Many of my patients on lithium do very well, both from the point of symptom remission, as well as lack of side effects.
Blood levels need to be checked from time to time. Please ask your doctor for more information. ...Read more

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How to cease lithium carbonate. Presently on 400mg per day for last 10 months. And how to control ceaser after effects?

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Lithium: Not sure why u are coming off of the lithium. Work with your prescribing doctor on the tapering regimen. ...Read more

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How long does take to lithium leave the body and have normal blood levels for a person taking 1200 lithobid (lithium carbonate) and changing med?

How long does take to lithium leave the body and have normal blood levels for a person taking 1200 lithobid (lithium carbonate) and changing med?

Lithium: Lithium has a half life that depends on a few factors, to include the amount of time it is taken, age of the patient, and how well the kidneys are working. On average, it is about a day, so you would expect to be completely clear of the medication 5 days after ceasing. Measurable blood levels will likely be normal within a couple days, however. ...Read more

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Side effects of lithium carbonate for psychological issues?

Side effects of lithium carbonate for psychological issues?

Side effects: The most commonly experienced include fine hand tremor, metallic taste in mouth, headache-mild, nausea, dirrehea and dizziness. Although not exclusively, experiencing side effects is somewhat dependent on lithium blood levels and how well you stay hydrated. The higher the level, the more side effects in general. Important to drink plenty of water especially if active and perspire. ...Read more

Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Eskalith (Definition)

Eskalith is a mania control agent which is a ...Read more