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Lasix can sometimes decrease the excretion of lithium in the kidneys, but if your physician monitors your lithium levels it should be fine. Lithium toxicity can cause a slow heart rate and other cardiac arrhythmias, but these aren't common. As for your son, it sounds as if his heart conditions were genetic and not caused by anything you may or may not have done. Please don't feel responsible for his death. I hope this helps.
Which means that at a dose high enough to be effective it is nearly poisonous and should be monitored closely with frequent blood tests. Also notice the long list of potential drug interactions. Lithium can blow out your kidneys, among other things. Perhaps that is wy his doctor advises against it. Your friend should take his doctor VERY seriously in this matter.
I have been on Lithium and a herd of other meds. I went to my primary dr. because all of a sudden I was bruising and bleeding easily and he ran some blood work and there was a spike in my blood so I was sent to a blood specialist who diagnosed it as lulpis coagulation which isn't really lupas but thin blood, i.e. I mentioned to the blood dr. that I was seeing things moving around, like a door nob would move all over, there was a chain on the floor and it moved around like a snake.
2 mmol +/litre of blood and needs to be checked regularly but it is a very safe drug. Lithium is effective most in BPII and Mild BP1 suffereres - If you suffer from severe mania and delusions or psychotic episodes this is NOT the drug for you. Lithium works for some people, it actually works for most people but there is a big disconnect between works and works - patients expect to "feel" different and Lithium isnt like that - But some people get side effects, most mild, some severe.
Lithium does not normally cause insommnia or drowsiness - these are rarer side effects and they seem to affect a very small number of people - Lithium is not a psychoactive drug either. Anyone having these side effects needs to speak to a doctor - it may be an interaction with other drugs or insufficient levels - insommnia is also a Bipolar symptom as well btw.
When possible, avoid the combined use of them as the risk outweighs the benefits of being on both medications. You should call your doctor about this drug interaction.
When I was a medical student many years ago, Lithium Carbonate was a popular prescription anti-depressant medication. Lithium is a naturally occurring mineral found in the water supply. The observation has been made that in the Texas counties with the highest lithium content in the water supply, you will find the lowest rates for homicide, suicide and violent crimes. Lithium carbonate works really well as an anti-depressant.
jenn, you dose may need to be adjusted let you doc know how you are feeling
I have been taking 2 medication for the last 7 years, Lamtrogine and Valproic Acid (Depakote) I needed to change as they stopped being effective and last year I was all over the place including suicidal in the fall. Once again my doctor suggested Lihium and I started on it just before Xmas. Like bulldozer I was resistant to taking it because the potential for toxicity. Now that I have been on it for two and half months, I am doing much better.
I have had none of the side effects aside from fine motor tremors and increased thirst. Lithium is a very old drug, its been around since the 1860's and its very well know and understood however there are a wide range of side effects - most of these do not affect the majority of people however a lot of people seem to get one or more - from what I am told by my pdoc and reading the common ones remain motor tremors and weight gain along with thyroid problems.
There are a lot of different interactions while taking medications for the treatment of depression and such. I'm on Lithium, and that has about 200 interactions. The point is to make a patient aware of the risks, like VaBreeze said. If you have concerns, I'd talk to your doctor, and possibly your pharmacists. Doctors know a lot, but pharmacists may know a little bit more into those warnings too...
I think addingg Lithium to an antidepressant works better than adding an anti-psycotic drug like Zyprexa. The Lithium also makes your antidepressant work better. Adding Deplin will also help that antidepressant work better too. I'm not a huge fan of anti-psychotic drugs for depression or anxiety.
I took another drug before Lithium and hated it, it made me feel flat and emotionless - yes it worked but I no longer felt human - the good thing about Lithium is tha it has no psychoactive effects and thus it does not mess with your mind or make you feel flat.
Caution should be maintained while taking this drug in low sodium or potassium blood levels, adrenal gland problems, lung disease, kidney disease, liver disease, diabetes, any allergies, pregnancy and breast feeding. Drug interactions are noticed with use of lithium, digoxin, aspirin, cisapride, diuretics, amphetamines, methenamine and medication for depression. There is no interaction of acetazolamide with birth control pills. Best.
A lot depends on current health status and associated drugs/medicines currently taken as some drugs cause interactions with other drugs which can raise glucose levels. GIYF - Google Is Your Friend - use it to locate specific drug interactions and/or contraindications.
Sedatives and hypnotics are best taken under the guidance of a specialist. Besides, drug-drug interactions, we never know the metabolism status unless tests have been done to justify their prescription. So, Discuss your symptoms with your consulting doctor, he may refer you to a sleep specialist, if he suspects a sleep disorder.
i just started on it, but the laundry lists of side effects and drug interactions seem disheartening.
tegretol is supposedly the safest among the 3 classical drugs for BP. the other 2 are lithium and valproex. Tegretal is not used much in the USA because of drug interactions and sometimes replaced by it's weaker cousin trileptal. i tried it myself 2 years ago but couldn't tolerate because of the headaches it caused me. However i assume it's better than the other 2. look nothing of the sort as which is better than such and such it's all related to the person.
I am searching for drug interactions and am not having any luck. Does anyone have any information on adding this to my mixture of meds? Thanks.
(or whatever one is NOT rapid cycling) I'm afraid of lithium because when my boyfriend was on it, his emotions were completely out of control and i'm not about to risk that. Seroquil just makes me tired. It used to be prescribed to me for insomnia. What are my options? It's going to be a while before I get to see a psychiatrist. I just want to look at my options right now.
Has anyone had any interactions/reactions with the drug Topamax when prescribed for BPII & OCD. My understanding from the drug handout is that it is normally prescribed for migraines, seizures and weight loss. My doc has just increased my dosage to 100mg 3x per day. I have experienced some deterioration in my eyesight however I'm not sure if that's attributed to age (hadn't had my eyes examined in 2 years) or the Topamax which I've been on a lower doze for 6 weeks.
Anyhow, I can not use Lamictal either because it counteracts the hormone levels of my birthcontrol pills and caused me horrible migraines! Crazy madness... so Lithium is my drug of choice for Bipolar. I have only gained 15 pounds in a year since starting it. Not too bad. I have maintained the weight I am at for almost six months. I don't know if I will necessarly gain anymore weight.
Forgive me for what I'm about to say but choosing to treat with somebody that knows nothing about hep C, the new treatment or how to adjust the Lithium is like choosing to go into battle with a group of inexperienced recruits instead of the experienced soldiers. Why would you want to do that? Your doctor has already proven she knows nothing about Hep C or treatment. You see, Lithium can cause weight gain, high blood sugar, insulin resistance and in some cases diabetes.
in 2010 start zmy father suffering from stroke now, history of alcohol drinking, in 2006 post dvr of aortic and mitral after dvr doctor prescribed warfarin-5mg-od digioxin0.25mg-5days dytor-5mg-od in 2009 he suffered from depression then psychiatrists starts lithium carbonate 400mg b.d. nitrosun 5mg at night sizodun plus sos zyloric-100mg with same t/t in 22 dec 2011 my father feels left side weakness and coldness,heart rate is 43 and artiral fibliration doc. starts caradace -h.
Also ask your pharmacist about the interactions between all your meds. They will know even more than the doc. You can get some info at https://www.drugs.com/mednotes.html. They have a drug interaction checker. Just list out all the prescription and not prescription meds and supplements and it will give you an idea of the interactions that may cause you problems. A pharmacist is your best be though.
Also, could be kidney stones. Lithium may contribute to stones. Taking NSAIDS with lithium can cause toxicity. You need to stop giving her one or the other ASAP. That is a definite drug interaction that her psychiatrist should have told you. You need to ask the psychiatrist about any med interactions in the future. A psychiatrist knows about medication, psychologist may not be an MD. Also, surgery quite often triggers mania. Narcotics are depressants.
Use with caution in individuals on medication and with pre-existing medical conditions. Always review for potential herb-drug interactions (HDIs) and other warnings. Large and prolonged doses may increase the potential for adverse effects. Herbs may cause transient adverse effects such as nausea, vomiting, and GI distress due to a variety of chemical constituents. Use caution in individuals having known allergies to plants.
Carbamazepine is the generic name for tegretol with dose 600-1600mg. This is one of 3 most classical drugs for bipolarity used especially in Britain (lithium, tegretol, depakote) and have become standard for half a century. In the USA they don't use it often because of its interactions with other drugs. They substitute it for oxcarbazepine (trileptal) 1200-2400mg. The latrter has less interactivity with other drugs.
Make sure you get your lithium levels checked regularly. If you are new to lithium it should be done monthly. Congrats on achieving everything you have so far. I don't know what substances you used but it would be worth checking that there are no long lasting hangover effects from those - this probably depends on how long and how much you were using as well. A local drug awareness group should be able to help you with that sort of information.
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