Lithium in treatment different psychiatric disorders

Lithium is the medicament which is prescribed for people who are treated different psychiatric disorders, affective disorders, alcohol dependence, depression and etc. The drug was developed by US company Roxane Laboratories Inc., which has manufactured and spread more than 90 high quality drugs in the USA. The medicament has been clinically tested and has showed the high-potency in treatment of psychiatric diseases. However, before beginning of intake of Lithium, patient should get prescription of his or her doctor. Lithium has many contra indications, this a reason that a person should be careful and always listen to instructions of an expert.

Brand(s): Lithium, Eskalith.

Manufacturer: Roxane Laboratories Inc., USA.

Clinic-pharmacological group: Lithium is a part of miscellaneous antipsychotic agents, antidepressants, mood stabilizers.

Composition, structure and packing: Lithium is manufactured in tablets and capsules. As usual, the drug is light color – white or pink. Each tablet (or each capsule) includes 300 milligram of active component. One package usually includes 30 pills.

Basic ingredient

Carbonate is a basic component of Lithium.

Other ingredients: Besides main ingredient, Lithium comprises of:

sodium lauryl sulphate;

magnesium silicate.

The composition of the coating film:

  • gelatin;
  • titanium dioxide;
  • ferrosoferric oxide;

Dosage

You need to take Lithium with water or milk during meal. Your doctor will determine exact dosage for you depending on your diagnosis. As a rule, dosage interval is 12 hours. Dosage of regular intake of the drug is prescribed for adults in order to maintain concentration in the blood stream 0.6 – 1 millimole-per-liter for 6 months for prophylactic use. This dosage amount is determined by your doctor. Concentration for children is 0.5-1 millimole-per-liter. Usual dose for adults is 1800 mg / day, but it may be different depending on diagnosis of patient. Discontinuation of drug is gradual: dosage amount should be reduced and dosage intervals should be increased.

Overdose

Be careful and attentive in order to avoid overdoes. Overdose of Lithium can cause speech disorder, exaggerated reflex, epileptic seizures, faint and coma. If you take much drug, immediately see your expert in order to avoid overdose side effects.

Side effects

Taking of Lithium can be reason of onset of diarrheal disease, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, hand tremor, drowsiness, heart rhythm disorder, leukocytosis, problems with kidneys, increase of weight, acne, increase of thirst. In order to reduce the risk of side effects – follow instructions of your doctor. If you have any symptoms of adverse reaction, immediately visit your doctor.

Indications for use

Lithium is prescribed for people faced with different psychiatric disorders, affective disorders, alcohol dependence syndrome, schizophrenia, maniacal syndrome, depression, Meniere’s disease, migraine, physical aggression, dysthymia.

Contra indications: Hypersensitivity, cardiovascular diseases, serious renal diseases and affections of the liver. In addition to that, do not take this medicament during pregnancy and breastfeeding in order to avoid injury for health of your child. If you have any above-mentioned diseases and symptoms – refrain from use this drug.

Where to buy?

Lithium is a part of mood stabilizer medicaments, therefore, you can buy it at pharmacy only on prescription of your doctor. Also you can make an order in the Internet, where you can find cheap prices. A great deal of sites does not demand prescriptions.