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This drug should not be used with the following medication because a very serious interaction may occur: sibutramine.
If you are currently using this medication listed above, tell your doctor or pharmacist before starting lithium.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: acetazolamide, ACE inhibitors (e.g., captopril, enalapril, lisinopril), angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs such as losartan, valsartan), bulk-producing laxatives (such as psyllium), calcitonin, calcium channel blockers (e.g., verapamil, diltiazem, nifedipine), desmopressin, other drugs for mental/mood conditions (e.g., chlorpromazine, haloperidol, thiothixene), methyldopa, metronidazole, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs such as celecoxib, ibuprofen, indomethacin, naproxen, piroxicam), anti-seizure drugs (e.g., carbamazepine, phenytoin), SSRI antidepressants (e.g., fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, paroxetine), theophylline, tricyclic antidepressants (e.g., amitriptyline), "water pills" (diuretics such as hydrochlorothiazide, furosemide).
Maintain a normal diet with an average consumption of sodium. Consult your doctor or dietician for more details.
Avoid products that contain sodium (such as sodium bicarbonate, an ingredient in some types of antacids).
This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.
OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US National Poison Hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. Symptoms of overdose may include diarrhea, vomiting, ringing in the ears, blurred vision, trouble walking, unusual drowsiness, seizures, shaking, loss of consciousness.
NOTES: Do not share this medication with others.
Laboratory and/or medical tests (e.g., kidney function, thyroid function, lithium blood levels) should be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects. Consult your doctor for more details.
Not all brands of this medication are identical. Do not change brands without checking with your doctor or pharmacist first.
MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember unless your next scheduled dose is within 4 hours. In that case, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
STORAGE: Store at room temperature away from moisture and light. Different forms of this medication have different storage temperatures. Consult your pharmacist or the product labeling for more information. Do not freeze liquid forms. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.
MEDICAL ALERT: Your condition can cause complications in a medical emergency. For information about enrolling in MedicAlert, call 1-800-854-1166 (USA) or 1-800-668-1507 (Canada).
Information last revised December 2011. Copyright(c) 2011 First Databank, Inc.
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