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Licab XL Tablet


Overview

Introduction of Licab Tablet PR

Licab XL Tablet is a prescription medicine used in the treatment of bipolar disorder and mania. It helps to decrease the abnormal and excessive activity of the nerve cells and calms the brain.

Licab XL Tablet is taken by mouth with food. However, it is advisable to take it at the same time each day as this helps to maintain consistent level of medicine in the body. You should never 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. If you have been taking this medicine for a long time than regular monitoring of thyroid and kidney function may be required.

Side effects associated with the use of this medicine includes tremor, slurred speech, nausea, acne, hair loss, and skin rash. It may cause dizziness, so do not drive, operate machinery, until you know how this medicine affects you. It may cause diarrhea and dehydration, so it is better to drink plenty of water and and use normal amount of salt in your diet. This medicine may also cause weight gain and to control it, you should have a balanced diet and exercise regularly.

Uses of Licab Tablet PR

Licab Tablet PR side effects

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

How to use Licab Tablet PR

Use it as advised by your doctor or check the label for directions before use. Licab XL Tablet is to be taken with food.

How Licab Tablet PR works

Licab XL Tablet works by suppressing the abnormal and excessive activity of the nerve cells in the brain.

Licab Tablet PR related warnings

Alcohol
UNSAFE
It is unsafe to consume alcohol with Licab XL Tablet
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Licab XL Tablet 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.
Lactation
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Licab XL Tablet 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
Licab XL Tablet may cause side effects which could affect your ability to drive.
Licab XL Tablet may make you feel sleepy, tired or dizzy. Licab XL Tablet may also cause other effects that can make it dangerous to drive such as numbness, paralysis, weakness or fits (seizures).
Kidney
CAUTION
Licab XL Tablet should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Licab XL Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Use of Licab XL Tablet is not recommended in patients with severe kidney disease.
Liver
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Licab XL Tablet is probably safe to use in patients with liver disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Licab XL Tablet may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.

Alternate Brands

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Licab XL Tablet
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Expert Advice

  • Licab XL Tablet 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 Licab XL Tablet 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 Licab XL Tablet if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Do not stop taking the medication suddenly without talking to your doctor.

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Licab with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
Brand(s): Cilniright
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Brand(s): Antep
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Brand(s): Migsun
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Brand(s): Topram
SERIOUS
Brand(s): DLX
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Brand(s): Cizonil
SERIOUS
Brand(s): Leparox, Prx
SERIOUS
Brand(s): R Zep
SERIOUS

Patient Concerns

Questions Related to Licab

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i m a suffering from bipolar disorder what should i do. also angryness. i am eating tablets like licab depakote qutan is it ok?
Dr. Jyoti Kapoor Madan
Psychiatrist
Lithium, Divalproex sodium and Quitipine are mood stabilizers and are needed for treatment of Bipolar disorder.
Diagnosed with BPDS2, on Licab twice a day for 60 days please suggest alternative. Thanks
Dr. Jyoti Kapoor Madan
Psychiatrist
Licab is Lithium Carbonate Alternative brands are Lithosun
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User Feedback


FAQs

Q. How quickly does Licab work?

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

Q. Does Licab make you sleepy?

Yes, Licab 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 Licab bad for kidneys?

Yes, Licab may cause kidney problems. Licab 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 Licab, your doctor will get blood tests done to see if your kidney function is normal. During Licab 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 Licab cause gain in weight?

Licab can cause both weight gain or weight loss. You should keep a check on your weight during Licab 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 Licab or some other reason.

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

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

Q. How should Licab be taken?

Take Licab 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 Licab levels.

Q. Which medicines decrease Licab levels?

You should inform your doctor about the medicines you are taking before starting Licab since many medicines interfere with the working of Licab. Some medicines decrease the levels of Licab 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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