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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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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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Lithium orotate, lithium aspartate and lithium carbonate, what's the difference?

Lithium orotate, lithium aspartate and lithium carbonate, what's the difference?

2 dangerous/1 safe: The first two are unregulated forms of lithium salts that are extremely toxic and dangerous, as they are not regulated by a prescribing md. Don't fall for the stupidity of "natural", arsenic is natural and deadly. ...Read more

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I'm taking lithium carbonate and trifluoperazine, ok?

I'm taking lithium carbonate and trifluoperazine, ok?

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

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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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Bipolar(controlled -lamictal, carbamazepine), anxiety-semi-under control (lorazepam, temazepam, cymbalta) and ADD problematic- considering Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) ?

Bipolar(controlled -lamictal, carbamazepine), anxiety-semi-under control (lorazepam, temazepam, cymbalta)  and ADD problematic- considering Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) ?

So much medication: It might be necessary to take some drugs but I question the risks already and adding the new one is especially bad w/ cymbalta (duloxetine). It can cause severe anxiety! Also serotonin syndrome. Almost all of your meds combine to cause a host of symptoms like dizziness, confusion and general impairment. Please consider a good psych eval and adding good psychotherapy to lower need for Rx and help them work! ...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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I'm taking lithium carbonate and trifluoperazine. Both needed for bipolar?

I'm taking lithium carbonate and trifluoperazine. Both needed for bipolar?

Probably: Most bipolar pts r on multiple meds you r on an old mood stabilizer & an old antipsychotic which is fine but both have the potential 4 long term side effects. ...Read more

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

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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Is overdose on Tums (calcium carbonate) fatal?

Is overdose on Tums (calcium carbonate) fatal?

Have you taken: An overdose or are you considering that option? You can call the national suicide hotlines 24/7 at 1-800-suicide (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273 – talk (1-800-273-8255).Please be seen at the nearest emergency room for suicidal thoughts. Psychiatric follow up is also very important. Take care. ...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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Friend takes 2000 depakote/20 zyprexa/4 mg klonopin/15 abilify (aripiprazole).For bipolar schitzophrena..Does this seem like a heavy regime..Always craves chocolates?

Friend takes 2000 depakote/20 zyprexa/4 mg klonopin/15 abilify (aripiprazole).For bipolar schitzophrena..Does this seem like a heavy regime..Always craves chocolates?

Zyprexa, Abilify (aripiprazole): And Depakote and all cause stimulation. It's difficult to say what is overkill when it comes to a polypharmacy situation with someone with bipolar schizoaffective disorder. The use of two antipsychotics is indeed sometimes necessary. However, great attention should also be paid to the weight issues. If the weight gain is on going then perhaps a different medication will need to be tried, but all of that will need to be left up to of the prescribing psychiatrist.Best wishes and i hope that you are not freezing as badly in madison as we are here in racine. ...Read more

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How long is withdrawal from citalopran 20 mg withdrawal of nausea, dizziness, jittery?

How long is withdrawal from citalopran 20 mg withdrawal of nausea, dizziness, jittery?

Several weeks: Most doctors will tell you that the withdrawal symptoms should subside within a few weeks of withdrawal. If your symptoms subside within a few weeks, consider yourself lucky and in the minority. Most people experience withdrawal effects over a month after they have quit their medication. Giving yourself at least 90 days before evaluating the withdrawal symptoms is a safer bet. See link for details ...Read more

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Bipolar 1w/psychosis, 27 male, 9 yr dx, how long until Latuda (lurasidone) 80 mg side effects to subside? On lithium risperdal klonopin inderal.

Call your psychiatrist : UR on many medications, that may have potential side effects with each other. So if you're experiencing one week of psychosis with your bipolar condition, your psychiatrist or Dr. needs to be aware of this, so they can help you further. They may need to have you go to the hospital. So they can titrate doses, and wean you off of certain medications , and allowed you to rest safely. ...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

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Depression. She is taking abilify, (aripiprazole) ziac, effexor, lamictal, congentin (sp?

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Depression. She is taking abilify, (aripiprazole) ziac, effexor, lamictal, congentin (sp?

Abilify (aripiprazole): Not uncommon combination for mood disorders, hope u r doing well on that, however, not sure what your question is? ...Read more

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Which causes asthenia after not taking; 1-Haloperidol 2-Carbamazepine 3-Lamotrigine 4-Biperiden 5-Methocarbamol 6-Quetiapine 7-Clomipramine?

Which causes asthenia after not taking; 1-Haloperidol  
2-Carbamazepine
3-Lamotrigine
4-Biperiden
5-Methocarbamol
6-Quetiapine
7-Clomipramine?

Asthenia : Weakness can be caused by induction of an adrenal deficiency in the setting of chronic steroid use ( withdrawal ) Any of the medications listed can produce perceived weakness in the setting of anxiety. ...Read more

Lithium (Definition)

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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Lithonate (Definition)

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