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A Lith 450mg Tablet SR


Overview

Introduction

A Lith 450mg Tablet SR is a prescription medicine used in the treatment of bipolar disorder and mania in adults. It is sometimes used to treat other behavioral disorders as well. It reduces the frequency of manic episodes and decreases the intensity of those episodes that might occur.

A Lith 450mg Tablet SR should be taken with food. However, it is advised to take it at the same time each day as this helps to maintain a consistent level of medicine in the body. Do not skip any doses and finish the full course of treatment even if you feel better. If you have missed a dose, take it as soon as you remember it. You should continue to take this medicine for as long as the doctor advises and do not stop taking it suddenly as it may result in harmful effects.

Side effects associated with the use of this medicine include tremor, slurred speech, uncoordinated body movements, nausea, acne, increased white blood cell count and memory impairment. It may also cause hair loss, enlarged thyroid gland, skin rash, and increased thirst. This medicine may also cause weight gain and to control it, you should have a balanced diet and exercise regularly. If you have been taking this medicine for a long time than regular monitoring of thyroid and kidney function may be required.

Uses of A Lith Tablet SR

Side effects of A Lith Tablet SR

Common
  • Tremor
  • Slurred speech
  • Uncoordinated body movements
  • Nausea
  • Acne
  • Increased white blood cell count
  • Memory impairment
  • Hair loss
  • Goiter (enlarged thyroid gland)
  • Skin rash
  • Increased thirst
  • Weight gain
  • Polyuria
  • Diarrhea

How to use A Lith Tablet SR

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. A Lith 450mg Tablet SR is to be taken with food.

How A Lith Tablet SR works

A Lith 450mg Tablet SR works by suppressing the abnormal and excessive activity of the nerve cells in the brain.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
UNSAFE
It is unsafe to consume alcohol with A Lith 450mg Tablet SR.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
A Lith 450mg Tablet SR is unsafe to use during pregnancy as there is definite evidence of risk to the developing baby. However, the doctor may rarely prescribe it in some life-threatening situations if the benefits are more than the potential risks. Please consult your doctor.
Breastfeeding
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
A Lith 450mg Tablet SR is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent any significant risk to the baby.
Driving
UNSAFE
A Lith 450mg Tablet SR may cause side effects which could affect your ability to drive.
A Lith 450mg Tablet SR may make you feel sleepy, tired or dizzy. A Lith 450mg Tablet SR may also cause other effects that can make it dangerous to drive such as numbness, paralysis, weakness or fits (seizures).
Kidney
CAUTION
A Lith 450mg Tablet SR should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of A Lith 450mg Tablet SR may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Use of A Lith 450mg Tablet SR is not recommended in patients with severe kidney disease.
Liver
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
A Lith 450mg Tablet SR is probably safe to use in patients with liver disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of A Lith 450mg Tablet SR may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.

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Quick Tips

  • A Lith 450mg Tablet SR is one of the most effective long-term treatment for bipolar disorder.
  • It may also be used for the treatment of mania.
  • Your lithium blood levels, thyroid function, and kidney function may be monitored as long as you take this medicine.
  • It may cause diarrhea and dehydration. Drink plenty of water and and use normal amounts of salt. Inform your doctor if you start or stop a low-salt diet.
  • Monitor your weight during treatment as A Lith 450mg Tablet SR can cause weight gain.
  • Do not drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how it affects you.
  • Inform your doctor if you have persistent stomach upset, problems with your speech, or extreme drowsiness. Your dose may need to be adjusted.
  • Do not take A Lith 450mg Tablet SR if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Do not stop taking the medication suddenly without talking to your doctor.

Interaction with Drugs

Taking A Lith with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
Brand(s): Art-X, Cardasol, Amione
LIFE-THREATENING
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LIFE-THREATENING
Brand(s): Acetazide, Actazid, AZ Mide
SERIOUS
Brand(s): Stozen
SERIOUS

Patient Concerns

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Sir I have a bipolar disorder.i want to know what should I do if I get side effect from my medicine. I follow t lith cr 450mg. Divaltec er 500mg Thank you
Dr. Sanjay Bhatt
Physician
If some side effect u will feel consult your doctor
I an suffering from mania what should i do.
Dr. Jyoti Kapoor Madan
Psychiatry
Mania is a component of Bipolar Affective Disorder. Bipolar Affective Disorder is a chronic problem caused by Neuro chemical disturbance in brain. It is characterised by excessive mood swings leading to disruption in routine life. Treatment is with mood stabilizer medicines and antipsychotic medicines which may need to continue throughout life. Please see a psychiatrist for further guidance.
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FAQs

Q. How quickly does A Lith work?

It takes some time before you see improvement in your symptoms after taking A Lith. Though it varies from person to person, it may take 1-3 weeks or longer for you to see the full benefits of A Lith. Do not stop taking A Lith if you feel you are not improving. Instead, discuss it with your doctor.

Q. Does A Lith make you sleepy?

Yes, A Lith can cause nervous system disorders like sleepiness and dizziness and feeling confused. It can also cause rapid eye movements, blurred vision, or blind spots in your eyesight. If you experience any of these symptoms, consult your doctor. In addition, avoid driving or operating heavy machinery as it can be hazardous for you.

Q. Is A Lith bad for kidneys?

Yes, A Lith may cause kidney problems. A Lith is not prescribed in patients who already have severe kidney impairment. The kidney problems may not be reversible and the symptoms include swollen ankles, passing a lot of urine and feeling thirsty. Before starting treatment with A Lith, your doctor will get blood tests done to see if your kidney function is normal. During A Lith therapy, any gradual or sudden changes in renal function, even within the normal range, may indicate the need for re-evaluation of treatment.

Q. Can A Lith cause gain in weight?

A Lith can cause both weight gain or weight loss. You should keep a check on your weight during A Lith therapy. If you feel you are gaining or losing too much weight, consult your doctor who will assess whether the change in weight is due to A Lith or some other reason.

Q. What is the most important information I should know about A Lith?

A Lith therapy should only be started if adequate facilities for assessing A Lith levels are available. This is because A Lith toxicity is related to increased levels of A Lith in blood. A Lith toxicity can even occur at dose which is effective for treatment. Therefore, your doctor may closely monitor your A Lith levels weekly until stabilization is achieved, then weekly for one month and then at monthly intervals thereafter.

Q. How should A Lith be taken?

Take A Lith exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Check with your doctor if you are not sure. It is meant for oral administration and can be taken with or without food. However, if you start following a certain type of diet, talk to your doctor first. Any drastic changes in the amount of water you drink or amount of sodium (salt) in your diet may require more frequent monitoring of A Lith levels.

Q. Which medicines decrease A Lith levels?

You should inform your doctor about the medicines you are taking before starting A Lith since many medicines interfere with the working of A Lith. Some medicines decrease the levels of A Lith in blood which means that it will not work well. These include theophylline (for asthma), caffeine, anything containing sodium bicarbonate, or a special group of diuretics (water tablets) called carbonic anhydrase inhibitors and urea used to treat skin conditions.

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