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Eskalith Medication - Uses & Side Effects
Generic Name: Lithium carbonate
Lithium is in a class of medications known as antimanic agents. It works by decreasing abnormal activity in the brain. Lithium is used to treat to prevent episodes of mania such as includes frenzied, abnormally excited mood in people with bipolar disorder such as includes manic depressive disorder and disease that may causes depression, mania. Lithium is a positively charged element or particle that is similar to sodium and potassium.
- Usual dosage is a total of 1,800 milligrams per day. You should be taken 3 or 4 doses per day.
- For children up to 12 years of age, in which the dosage is depend on body weight. The usual dose is 15 to 20 milligrams per kilogram of body weight a day, given in smaller doses two or three times during the day.
Uses of Eskalith
- It is used to treat certain blood disorders such as includes depression, schizophrenia, disorders of impulse control and certain mental illnesses in children.
- It is also used to treat other diseases that are listed in the medication guide.
Side Effects of Eskalith
If you are using eskalith, then discuss the side effects of eskalith with your doctor and if you feel any develop or change in intensity, then tell your doctor immediately. Side effects of eskalith may include:
- blackout spells
- loss of appetite
- changes in taste perception
- irregular heartbeat
- involuntary urination or bowel movements
- involuntary tongue movements
- increased salivation
- dry hair
- dry mouth
- hair loss
Warnings and precautions before taking Eskalith:
- After taking this medicine, you may feel some dizzy, drowsy, or less alert than they are normally. So do not perform any activities where you require alertness such as drive, use machines, or do anything else that could be dangerous.
- If you have a heart or kidney problem, brain or spinal cord disease, or a weak, run-down, or dehydrated condition, then your doctor will prescribe Eskalith with extra caution.
- If you are having surgery such as including dental surgery, then tell doctor or dentist that you are taking lithium.
- If you have an infection or illness that may causes heavy sweating, vomiting, or diarrhea, then check with your doctor. Because the loss of too much water and salt from your body may lead to serious side effects.
Drug Interaction:- If you are taking certain drugs with eskalith, then it may be increased, decreased, or altered the effects of eskalith. Because the combination of drugs may lead to other serious effects. So discuss with your doctor before combining eskalith with the following.
- Acetazolamide (Diamox)
- Theophylline (Theo-Dur, Quibron, others)
- Amphetamines such as Dexedrine
- Tetracyclines such as Achromycin V and Sumycin
- Antidepressant drugs that boost serotonin levels, including Paxil,
- Sodium bicarbonate
- Prozac, and Zoloft
- Phenytoin (Dilantin)
- Bicarbonate of soda
- Feldene, Indocin, and Vioxx
- Caffeine (No-Doz)
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Advil, Celebrex
- Calcium-blocking blood pressure drugs such as Calan and Cardizem
- Metronidazole (Flagyl)
- Carbamazepine (Tegretol)
- Methyldopa (Aldomet)
- Major tranquilizers such as Haldol and Thorazine
- Diuretics such as Lasix or HydroDIURIL
- Fluoxetine (Prozac)
- Iodine-containing preparations such as potassium iodide (Quadrinal)
After taking eskalith, if you feel that overdose is suspected, then contact with your doctor immediately. Symptoms of a lithium overdose include:
- ringing in the ears
- blurred vision
- decreased coordination