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Lithium Carbonate Allergy In Children
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
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
.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
Discontinuation: It is not uncommon for patients on this medication to discontinue. ...Read more
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
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
Yes: No known interaction between these two drugs. ...Read more
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
Generally contraindicated during pregnancy and in category d meaning it has a risk for birth defects. However, things are not always that simple and I am referring you to much more nuanced explanation in the article below. Please discuss this extensively with your psychiatrist.
www. Mothertobaby. Org/files/lithium.pdf
for more information about the organization of teratology information specialistbest wishes. ...Read more
Depends: Lithium is prescribed for bipolar disorder and certain types of depression. Trifluoperazine is an antipsychotic prescribed mainly for psychotic disorders like schizophrenia, or depression where there are psychotic symptoms. The 2 medications can be combined when 1 alone is not helping. Trifluoperazine is an older medication and is possibly more likely to cause side effects than newer medication. ...Read more
Not advisable: I would prefer not to, except in very exceptional cases. Lithium might be contraindicated in kidney failure and people needing a transfusion might be challenged with multiple organ disfunction, or might have anemia or other problems affecting their general condition. However, a therapeutic dose taken by the donor is not in and of itself toxic. This would be a rare situation, fortunately. ...Read more
It depends on the underlying conditions for what these drugs are prescribed;
Consult with the doctor that prescribes them; ...Read more
See Below: Lithium prescribed for treatment and management of the manic stage of bipolar disorders. Sometimes it's given for depression if antidepressants have proven to be ineffective. Haloperidol is conventional antipsychotic and is also used to treat motor tics. Artane used to control sx of Parkinson's and side effects of anti-psychotic drugs, such as haloperidol (haldol). ...Read more
Possibly: There is some chance that they could raise the risk of drowsiness, dizziness, poor concentration and judgement. So, until you discover how you react - play it safe and avoid driving or operating machinery, etc. If you don't like the results - don't mix them. If needed, give it a careful trial. Best! ...Read more
Can you tell me if lithium carbonate causes a Parkinson's favoring to one side? Will stopping the meds help?
Completely understand the question ('favoring to one side'), but lithium can cause a tremor that will usually go away after it’s been weaned.
We should (almost) never stop medications on our own; if you’re worried about a side effect, please see your provider and discuss those concerns with him/her to determine a course of action.
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
Do Zoloft (sertraline) & lithium carbonate together create effects different from taking one or the other alone?
Yes: Lithium is a mood stabilizer that prevents episode of mania (folloed by depression) where as zoloft (sertraline) is an antidepressant (not a mood stabilizer) if you have bipolar disease taking zoloft (sertraline) without lithium could precipitale a manic episode. I don;t advise making any canges if you are taking both without consulting with your psyciatrist. ...Read more
Can you take lithium carbonate ER without food or milk? Is that only for those who get upset stomachs taking it??
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. ...Read more
Chemically, lithium is a light, soft, alkali metal. It's very highly reactive, so that in nature it's only found in compound form. It's useful in batteries. As a medication, Lithium Carbonate and citrate can be used to stabilize mood in people with bipolar disorder. In these people it can help with both mania and depression. Blood level monitoring is ...Read more
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