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Dr. Alan Ali
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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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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?

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)?

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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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Whats the difference between lithobid (lithium carbonate) and lithium ?

Whats 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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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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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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Lithane (Definition)

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