How To Learn the Side Effects of Taking Lithium Carbonate

Lithium carbonate is used and prescribed by medical doctors for several reasons, one of which is maniac depression.  Many people have stopped taking lithium carbonate because of the adverse side effects that accompany the drug.

Lithium carbonate can cause weakened muscles to become even weaker. Kidneys do not do well with this drug, and a major side effect is the sudden cessation of kidney function.  

Do not take more of this medication than is ordered by your doctor. If you miss a dose, wait until the following day to take another dose. Do not take more than is required on one day.

You may have to take lithium carbonate for several weeks before you notice a difference or begin to feel better. Do not take more than is recommended to try to speed this process along; try to be patient and wait for the medication to take effect in the manner in which it was intended.

Studies in pregnant women for instance, have shown a probability of there being a risk to the fetus.  For this reason, lithium carbonate is not recommended for pregnant women.

There is also the problems of drug interactions while taking lithium carbonate.  A simple medication such as ibuprofen could cause serious side effects for those who are taking lithium carbonate. Many drugs do not get along well with this particular medication, and should not be taken with lithium carbonate, such as:

Acetophenazine, Alacepril, Azosemide, Benazepril, Bemetizide, Bendroflumethiazide, Benzthiazide, Bromfenac, Bromperidol, Bumetanide, Buthiazide, Candesartan Cilexetil, Calcitonin, Canrenoate, Carbamazepine, Celecoxib, Chlorothiazide, Chlorpromazine, Chlorprothixene, Chlorthalidone, Cilazapril, Clometacin, Clozapine, Clovoxamine,   Cyclothiazide, Domperidone, Citalopram, Diclofenac, Diltiazem, Dipyrone, Droperidol, Duloxetine, Escitalopram, Ethacrynic Acid, Ethopropazine, Femoxetine, Fluoxetine, Flupenthixol, Fluvoxamine, Fluphenazine, Fosinopril,  Furosemide, Haloperidol, Hydrochlorothiazide, Hydroflumethiazide,  Ibuprofen, Indapamide, Indomethacin, Ketoprofen, Linezolid, Losartan, Lisinopril, Loxapine, Ketorolac, Mazindol, Melperone, Mefenamic Acid, Meloxicam, Metronidazole, Mesoridazine, Methotrimeprazine, Methyclothiazide, Metolazone, Milnacipran, Molindone, Olanzapine, Penfluridol, Periciazine, Perphenazine, Phenelzine, Pimozide, Pipamperone, Pipotiazine, Piretanide, Paroxetine, Perindopril, Piroxicam, Polythiazide, Prochlorperazine, Promazine, Promethazine, Quinethazone, Quinapril, Remoxipride, Risperidone, Rofecoxib, Sertindole, Sertraline, Spirapril, Sibutramine, Spironolactone, Sulpiride, Thiopropazate, Thioproperazine, Thioridazine, Thiothixene, Tiapride,Trandolapril,  Succinylcholine, Sulindac, Tenidap, Tenoxicam, Tiaprofenic Acid, Tolmetin, Torsemide, Trichlormethiazide, Trifluoperazine, Triflupromazine, Trimeprazine, Valsartan,Valdecoxib, Verapamil,  Xipamide, Yohimbine, Zimeldine, Zotepine, Zofenopril, Zuclopenthixol.

Other drugs may have been recently added to this list. Always check with your doctor or pharmacist to be certain before taking lithium carbonate with any other drug, or combination of drugs.

Other medical conditions may also affect the use of lithium carbonate. Be sure to notify the doctor if you have:

  • Decreased urination
  • Diarrhea
  • Infection, severe with fever
  • Kidney disease
  • Sweating
  • Vomiting, notify doctor
  • Dehydration
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Muscle weakness
  • Goiter or other thyroid disease

If you are on a diet, notify your doctor before starting to take lithium carbonate. Specific diets could cause adverse side effects. Make sure that your doctor knows if you are on a low-sodium or low-salt diet. Not enough salt in your diet could cause serious side effects.

Be sure that you are taking the correct amount of fluid with lithium carbonate, since not enough could also lead to adverse side effects.

As always, be sure to discuss potential side effects with your doctor or pharmacist, and read all package inserts before taking lithium carbonate for the first time.


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