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Lithobid is a drug with a generic name of lithium carbonate. Lithobid acts in the body by competing with sodium ions in various sites.
Lithobid is prescribed in treating mania and hypomania or in patients who have recurrent bipolar depression. Lithobid could also be prescribed in other purposes not mentioned here.
Talk to your doctor first before taking Lithobid if you have Addison's disease, cardiovascular insufficiency, renal insufficiency, and untreated Hypothyroidism.
Elderly are known to be more sensitive to Lithobid. For this reason, they might need lesser dose than young adults might. Talk to your doctor about this.
It is not advisable to give or use Lithobid as a treatment to children or adolescents. Talk to your doctor first before taking Lithobid.
Before taking Lithobid, inform your doctor if you have infectious disease such as influenza, colds, gastroenteritis and urinary infections.
Lithobid is known to cause harm to an unborn baby. Talk to your doctor first before talking Lithobid if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during the treatment.
Lithobid is known to pass into breast milk. Talk to your doctor first before taking Lithobid if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Follow the exact instruction given to you by your doctor in taking Lithobid. In case you did not understand the instruction, do not hesitate to ask you doctor, nurse, or pharmacist to explain them to you.
Be extra careful during the treatment with Lithobid. Make sure that you have a normal diet and fluid intake to maintain a stable electrolyte balance, especially if you are in a place with hot temperature.
Inform your doctor as soon as you feel better or mania or depression control is obtained. Your doctor might adjust your dose.
You may obtain the amount and frequency of taking Lithobid from your doctor. Follow the exact dose given by your doctor. The dose will vary from person to person.
In case you suspect an overdose with Lithobid, stop taking it and look for emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately.
In case you miss a dose of Lithobid, contact your doctor immediately and ask for instructions. Do not take a double dose of Lithobid unless you are told by your doctor to do otherwise.
Some of the side effects of Lithobid are vertigo, muscle weakness, nausea, mild gastrointestinal effects and dazed feeling. These side effects usually disappear after stabilization. Other side effects such as fine hand tremors, polyuria and mild thirst; weight gain or oedema; hypercalcaemia, hypermagnesaemia and hyperparathyroidism; and skin problems may also occur. Talk to your doctor in the soonest possible time if you experience any of the said side effects.
Some of the side effects of Lithobid when prescribed in a long-term basis are thyroid function disturbances like goitre, Hypothyroidism and thyrotoxicosis; polyuria or polydipsia, renal function; and memory impairment.
Gastrointestinal side effects such as increasing anorexia, diarrhea and vomiting and central nervous system side effect like drowsiness and ataxia, dysarthria, coarse tremor, blurred vision, muscle weakness, lack of co-ordination, tinnitus and muscle twitching may also occur. Stop taking Lithobid and look for emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the said side effects.
Other side effects not mentioned here may also occur. Talk to your doctor if you experience any unusual or bothersome side effects.
Some drugs that may affect Lithobid are selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors, metronidazole, tetracyclines, topiramate, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, ACE inhibitors, thiazide diuretics, Spironolactone, frusemide, angiotensin-II receptor antagonists, other drugs that affect electrolyte balance, xanthines, sodium bicarbonate and sodium chloride containing products, psyllium or ispaghula husk, urea, mannitol, acetazolamide, neuroleptics, cxalcum channel blockers, carbamazepine or phenytoin, Methyldopa, lithium, thioridazine, and iodide. Talk to your doctor first before taking Lithobid if you are taking any of the said medications. If you are taking any of the said medications, your doctor might not allow you to take Lithobid, adjust your dose, or require you a special monitoring during the treatment.
Other Brand Names
In some countries Lithobid may also be known as:
- Cade L;
- Lithium Carbonate;
- Quilonum retard;