Licab (Lithium Carbonate)
What is Licab (Lithium Carbonate) used for?
Licab (Lithium Carbonate) is an oral antidepressant prescribed to treat manic episodes associated with bipolar disorder. The medication alters the flow of sodium in the nerves and muscles to prevent symptoms associated with this condition such as hyperactivity, reduced judgment, or increased feelings of self-importance. This also makes it useful for treating depression or reducing self-harming behavior. Your physician may prescribe it to also treat other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Licab (Lithium Carbonate)?
Follow you physician's instructions while using Licab (Lithium Carbonate) to get the most effective results from treatment. Three to four doses of one tablet are normally taken each day, but your individual dosage will depend on your health condition and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed with a full glass of water after eating a meal to prevent nausea. Do not crush, split, or chew the tablets prior to use to avoid unintentionally destroying or altering the effects of their contents. Ask your pharmacist or physician any questions you have about the medication to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Licab (Lithium Carbonate)?
Side effects associated with the use of Licab (Lithium Carbonate) include:
More serious side effects that may require emergency medical attention are faintness, irritability, flu symptoms, muscle stiffness, hallucinations, or signs of lithium toxicity such as vomiting, diarrhea, tinnitus, tremors, or blurry vision. These conditions may require reduced dosages or other adjustments to your regimen to prevent more complications from appearing.
Do not begin using Licab (Lithium Carbonate) if you have an underactive thyroid or Addison's disease. Also disclose if you have myasthenia gravis or psoriasis as these conditions may cause unexpected complications during treatment.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Licab (Lithium Carbonate). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.