Generic Name: Lithium

  • What is Lithobid?

    Lithobid is used in the treatment of manic episodes of patients with bipolar disorder. A manic episode is a time of abnormally elevated, unreserved, or irritable mood.

    Lithobid is also used in the maintenance treatment of patients diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Lithobid?

    Toxic levels of this medication can occur at any dose and frequent blood tests will be required. You should stop taking Lithobid and contact your doctor immediately if you develop signs of lithium toxicity such as diarrhea, vomiting, tremor, mild lack of coordination, drowsiness, and muscular weakness.

    It may take up to 3 weeks before you see any improvement in your symptoms.

    While taking Lithobid, it is very important that you follow your doctor's recommendations and make sure you do not miss any appointments or laboratory tests.

  • Who should not take Lithobid?

    Do not take this medication if you are allergic to lithium, Lithobid, Eskalith, Eskalith CR or any of their components.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Lithobid?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Lithobid. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have a history of kidney or heart disease, thyroid problems, severe debilitation, dehydration, low sodium levels, or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Acute Mania of Bipolar Disorder

    Adults: The optimal dose is 1,800 milligrams (mg) daily, usually taken as three 300-mg tablets in the morning and three 300-mg tablets at night. Lithobid can also be taken in doses of 600 mg or 2 tablets three times daily.

    Maintenance Treatment of Bipolar Disorder

    Adults: The optimal dose is 900-1,200 mg daily, usually taken as two 300-mg tablets in the morning and two 300-mg tablets at night. Lithobid can also be taken three times daily, up to a maximum daily dose of 1,200 mg.

  • How should I take Lithobid?

    Lithobid tablets should be swallowed whole. Never chew or crush this medication.

  • What should I avoid while taking Lithobid?

    You should never stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor first. Avoid driving or operating dangerous machinery or participating in any hazardous activity that requires full mental alertness until you know how this drug affects you.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Lithobid?

    If Lithobid is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining this medication with any the following: acetazolamide, antidepressants including those in a class known as monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), blood pressure medications, carbamazepine, desmopressin, methyldopa, metronidazole, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), phenytoin, potassium iodide, sodium bicarbonate, and urea.

  • What are the possible side effects of Lithobid?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: hand tremor, frequent urination, temporary and mild nausea, general discomfort

  • Can I receive Lithobid if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Lithobid should not be used during pregnancy as there is a risk of death to the unborn baby. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Lithobid?

    If you miss a dose of this drug, skip it. Do not take an extra dose to make up for a missed dose.

  • How should I store Lithobid?

    Store at room temperature in a dry place and away from light.

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