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Lithium Carbonate Side Effects
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
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
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
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
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
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
Can you tell me what you suggest if anyone has experienced sexual related side effects from lithium carbonate can you please describe them here?
Lower Li, change li: Normal side effects of lithium include tremors, weight gain, heavy urination, excessive thirst, decreased coordination, reduced memory and concentration, changes in hair quality and quantity, nausea or diarrhea, decreases in sexual desire and function, and an increase in white blood cell count. Li txmt. Also reduces thyroid function. Thyroid hormones needs replacement. Lower li or use alt. Agent. ...Read more
No: It is not related.Get a more detailed answer ›
Can you tell me if lithium carbonate causes a Parkinson's favoring to one side? Will stopping the meds help?
I don't: 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. ...Read more
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
Been on 1500mg lithium carbonate for 10 days now and been experiencing double-sided flank pain for 4 days now, should I be concerned?
How to cease lithium carbonate. Presently on 400mg per day for last 10 months. And how to control ceaser after effects?
How long does it take to have the desired clinical effects on someone just starting with lithobid (lithium carbonate)?
One or two weeks: You should be able to tell wether it is working. ...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
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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