LITHIUM CARBONATE is very useful in treating the manic episodes of manic-depressive illness, a condition in which a person's mood swings from depression to excessive excitement and it may work by altering the balance of certain chemicals in the brain.
Following the dosage instructions of your doctor is the best way to use any medication. If you are unsure or do not remember the instructions then you may read the medicine label for more detailed information.
You may choose to take LITHIUM CARBONATE with a meal to avoid an upset stomach or without one.
It is very important that you complete the dosage schedule and do not interrupt it in between without seeking prior consultation from your doctor.
Taking your medication at the same time each day is a tried and tested method to avoid missing any doses.
Drug Class and Mechanism
LITHIUM CARBONATE falls under antimanic and it works by altering the balance of certain chemicals in the brain.
Despite your best attempts at remembering, if you still miss out on a dose, then take it as soon as you remember about it. But keep in mind that you will have to adjust your next dose by spacing it out by 4 to 5 hours. If this is not possible, then the best thing to do would be to skip the missed dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
Store LITHIUM CARBONATE at room temperature between 68 and 77 degrees F(20 and 25 degrees C). Always keep it in a cool dark place that is not directly exposed to sources of heat or moisture and sunlight. Protect it from kids and pets.
Doctors advise against using LITHIUM CARBONATE if you are allergic to any ingredient in it or if you have conditions like
severe kidney, heart, or blood vessel problems;
low blood sodium levels;
severely dehydrated, ill, or weakened;
Discuss your past/current medical history in detail with your doctor before beginning treatment with any new medication. If you are using any herbal supplements or over the counter medication, including vitamin pills, then mention it to your doctor.
If you are expecting a child or are planning to have a child in the near future, then consult your doctor before using LITHIUM CARBONATE to discuss any possible threats to the unborn baby.
If you are a nursing mother and breast feed your baby, then too, seek consultation before using LITHIUM CARBONATE as some drugs are excreted in the breast milk and may enter the baby.