*Lithium is used to treat or prevent episodes of Mania in people like Manic Depression, Recurrent Depression, and Bipolar Depression.
*Lithium is also called as Licab; Lithosun; Eskalith; Intalith, Lithium carbonate and Available as TABLETS.
Before Taking Lithium Your Doctor Must Know:
Storage of this Medication
Lithium is used to treat and prevent episodes of mania in people with bipolar disorder or certain types of disorder. Lithium is in a class of medications called antimanic agents. It works by decreasing abnormal activity in the brain. Lithium is known as very effective medicine and has been used for more than 50 years. So let's just discuss how to take lithium
A specialist will start your Lithium treatment and take blood samples to make sure they have prescribed the correct dose. Once you have begun treatment, you need to have regular blood tests (sometimes called 'a Lithium level', a 'serum Lithium level' or a 'plasma Lithium level'). When your Lithium level has stabilized this type of test will be needed less often. This test is important because it tells the doctor how much Lithium is in the bloodstream, checking that your dosage is at the correct level. Blood tests are needed more often in the early stages of treatment or if your dosage has changed.
Important: your pharmacist should supply you with the same brand of Lithium each time you receive a new prescription. If the medicine you have been given looks different to usual, speak to your pharmacist before taking any of them. This is because different brands give different blood levels of Lithium.
Do not stop taking Lithium without speaking with your doctor first. Your doctor may increase or decrease the dose of medication during the treatment. Follow these instructions carefully.
1. Shakiness Your hands may be a little shaky. If affected avoid tasks that need very fine movements where possible.
2. Reduced Coordination If affected avoid tasks that require co-ordination such as driving or operating machinery.
3. Nausea- After a few days your body will adjust to your new medicine and this side effect should improve. Needing to pass water more often than normal - If you are affected you may just need to plan ahead a little, for example, is there a toilet that you can easily use when you are at work or going about your daily business? You should still continue to drink plenty of water.
Warning: some side effects may be serious, if you experience blurred vision, loss of appetite, being sick, diarrhea, muscle weakness, drowsiness, feeling of being slow, excessive shakiness, a total lack of co-ordination, fainting, inability to urinate (pass water), slurred speech or convulsions (fits)then immediately call your doctor or get medical emergency help.
It is a medication that primarily used to treat epilepsy and bipolar disorder and to prevent migraine headaches. Sodium Valproate is also used in treatment of psychiatric disorders like Manic Episode, Bipolar Affective Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder and Intermittent Explosive Disorder. Sodium Valproate is available in plain or enteric coated tablet and injection form.
Tell your doctor if you have any medical conditions before taking Valproate especially if any of the following apply to you:
Some medicines may cause side effects but many people not get affected with it or get minor side effects. Consult your doctor if any of the following symptoms continue or become troublesome.
Tummy upset, feeling sick, unsteadiness, shakiness, confusion, increased appetite and weight gain, water retention (e.g. swollen ankles), thinning of the hair, skin rashes, irregular periods or none at all.
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If you experience any other worrying symptoms, which you think may be due to this medicine, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
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