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Lithium

Contraindications

Lithium is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- an unusual or allergic reaction to lithium, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives;
- breast-feeding;
- dehydration (diarrhea or sweating);
- heart or blood vessel disease;
- kidney disease;
- low level of salt in the blood, or on a low salt diet;
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant;
- if you are allergic to Lithium;
- if you have a certain skin disorder (psoriasis);
- if you have any infection with high fever;
- if you have any other allergies;
- if you have heart disease;
- if you have kidney disease;
- if you have leukemia;
- if you have Parkinson's disease;
- if you have seizures;
- if you have severe dehydration (severe loss of body water);
- if you have underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism);
- if you have urinary problems (difficulty urinating);

No Prescription

Some of the benefits of continued use of this medication include decreasing how often manic episodes occur and decreasing the symptoms of manic episodes such as exaggerated feelings of well-being, feelings that others wish to harm you, irritability, anxiousness, rapid/loud speech, and aggressive/hostile behaviors.
Lithium works to stabilize the mood and reduce extremes in behavior by restoring the balance of certain natural substances (neurotransmitters) in the brain.
Lithium is prescribed to treat manic-depressive disorder (bipolar disorder).
Lithium is prescribed to prevent and treat the manic episodes caused by manic-depressive illness.

Interactions

Do not take Lithium with any of the following drugs:
- caffeine;
- calcium iodide;
- carbamazepine;
- diuretics;
- medicines for high blood pressure;
- medicines for mental problems and psychotic disturbances;
- metronidazole;
- nsaids, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen;
- phenytoin;
- potassium iodide, ki;
- sodium bicarbonate;
- sodium chloride;
- stimulant medicines prescribed to treat adhd or narcolepsy;
- urea;
- ace inhibitors;
- acetazolamide;
- amitriptyline;
- angiotensin receptor blockers;
- anti-seizure drugs;
- arbs;
- bulk-producing laxatives (psyllium);
- calcitonin;
- calcium channel blockers;
- captopril;
- carbamazepine;
- celecoxib;
- chlorpromazine;
- desmopressin;
- diltiazem;
- diuretics;
- enalapril;
- fluoxetine;
- fluvoxamine;
- furosemide;
- haloperidol;
- hydrochlorothiazide;
- ibuprofen;
- indomethacin;
- lisinopril;
- losartan;
- methyldopa;
- metronidazole;
- naproxen;
- nifedipine;
- nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs;
- nsaids;
- other drugs for mental/mood conditions;
- paroxetine;
- phenytoin;
- piroxicam;
- sibutramine;
- ssri antidepressants;
- theophylline;
- thiothixene;
- tricyclic antidepressants;
- valsartan;
- verapamil;
- water pills;

Side Effects

Lithium side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- blurred vision;
- clumsiness or loss of balance;
- confusion;
- difficulty speaking or swallowing;
- dizziness;
- increased frequency and urgency to pass urine;
- increased thirst;
- loss of appetite;
- muscle twitches;
- muscle weakness;
- nausea, vomiting;
- pain, coldness, or blue coloration of fingers or toes;
- seizures;
- sensitivity to cold;
- skin rash;
- slow, fast, or irregular heartbeat (palpitations);
- slurred speech;
- stomach bloating, full feeling;
- swelling in the neck;
- trembling of the hands;
- unusual weight gain;
- unusually weak or tired;
- blurred vision;
- cold hands/feet;
- confusion;
- diarrhea;
- dizziness;
- drowsiness;
- fainting;
- fever;
- growing blind spot;
- increased frequency of urination;
- increased thirst;
- itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat);
- joint swelling/pain;
- mildly shaking hands (fine tremor);
- pain/discoloration of finger/toes;
- rash;
- seizures;
- severe dizziness;
- severe hand trembling (coarse tremor);
- slow/fast/irregular heartbeat;
- slurred speech;
- tiredness;
- trouble breathing;
- unsteady walk;
- vision changes;
- vision loss;
- vomiting;
- weight gain;
(c) 2017