Lithium
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings
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What is Lithium?

(LITH ee um)

• This medicine is used to help depression medicines work better.

• This medicine is used to treat aggressive behavior.

• This medicine is used to treat manic depression.

• This medicine is used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder.

What are the precautions when taking this medicine?

• If you are 65 or older, use this medicine with caution. You could have more side effects.

• If you have kidney disease, talk with healthcare provider.

• If you have a weakened heart, talk with healthcare provider. Some of the medicines and diet used to treat a weakened heart may change the lithium blood level.

• Check medicines with healthcare provider. This medicine may not mix well with other medicines.

• You may not be alert. Avoid driving, doing other tasks or activities until you see how this medicine affects you.

• If you start on a low salt diet, tell healthcare provider. It will change the way your body handles the lithium.

• Avoid alcohol (includes wine, beer, and liquor).

• Limit caffeine (for example, tea, coffee,...

 
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