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          Belonging to a group of powerful antidepressants, Lithium stimulates normalization of severe bipolar disorders. The active ingredients of the drug interfere with the sodium flow through the muscle cells and nerves in the body. Since sodium has a significant impact on mania and excitation, the medication helps to eliminate their symptoms. Lithium is commonly administered in order to treat or prevent manic episodes of bipolar disorders. The most specific signs of such disorders include:

          bullet_ball_blue Aggression;
          bullet_ball_blue Hyperactivity;
          bullet_ball_blue Decreased judgment;
          bullet_ball_blue Anger;
          bullet_ball_blue Reduced need for sleep;
          bullet_ball_blue Fast speech and others.

          Besides, Lithium may be used off-label for other purposes, not mentioned in the safety guide.

          Recommendations for Use and Doses

          Considering the powerful influence Lithium has on the organism, it is inevitable to mention the necessity to follow the prescription and recommendations for use. Lithium should be used in accordance with the adjusted factors. The dose may vary, depending on multiple factors, while the most common safe and effective dose is 1800 mg per day. Never increase or decrease the dose to avoid possible misuse or overuse with negative consequences.

          Lithium will not produce desirable effects fast, while it may take a few weeks to notice any improvements. Continue to use the medication for a full duration of the prescribed course, even though the medication seems ineffective. Consume much liquid during Lithium treatment course, as it stimulates dehydration, so a patient can get accompanying symptoms.

          Precautions, Contraindications and Other Safety Instructions

          Do not start Lithium treatment course without previous doctor’s consultation. Patients, allergic to its active ingredients, other component or similar medications are not recommended to use the drug. Pregnant and breastfeeding women are contraindicated for the medication use due to the high risk of dangerous impact on a nursing or unborn child.

          To ensure a completely safe Lithium therapy, a patient should warn the doctor about other health impairments or complications he/she has, especially:

          bullet_ball_blue Thyroid disorders;
          bullet_ball_blue Dehydration;
          bullet_ball_blue Heart-related complications;
          bullet_ball_blue Fainting;
          bullet_ball_blue Debilitating illness;
          bullet_ball_blue Kidney or liver disorders and others.

          The drug should not be given to children under 12.

          Lithium Interactions with Other Remedies

          Provide the doctor with information about other pharmaceuticals you use, since some of them may interact with lithium causing severe reactions. They include:

          bullet_ball_blue NSAIDs;
          bullet_ball_blue Water pills;
          bullet_ball_blue Blood pressure treatments;
          bullet_ball_blue Fluoxetine and others.

          Lithium Side Effects

          Call your doctor or seek immediate medical assistance in case Lithium intake triggered any serious abnormalities, especially:

          bullet_ball_blue Allergic reactions;
          bullet_ball_blue Memory disorders, confusion, lightheadedness;
          bullet_ball_blue Decreased bladder control;
          bullet_ball_blue Urination issues;
          bullet_ball_blue Breathing disorders;
          bullet_ball_blue Fever;
          bullet_ball_blue Impotence;
          bullet_ball_blue Constipation, nausea, vomiting, etc.

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