Your doctor may ask you to continue Lithic for a long time. You must not stop taking it or change the dose, without speaking to your doctor first.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible. If it is within 4 hours of the next dose, skip the missed dose (about 6 hours in the case of extended- or slow-release preparations). Never double up doses.
Despite your inconvenience and discomfort, your Lithic blood levels, thyroid function, and kidney function need to be monitored as long as you take Lithic.
During treatment with Lithic, it is recommended that you drink about 2 to 3 liter of fluid daily and use normal amounts of salt. Inform your doctor if you start or stop a low-salt diet.
Avoid sudden change in your diet or fluid intake. If you do go on a diet, your doctor may need to increase the frequency of blood tests.
Do not start any medicine including herbal or ayurvedic without telling your doctor. As it may significantly change the Lithic levels.
Caffeine and alcohol act as diuretics and can lower your Lithic concentrations.
If you engage in vigorous exercise or have an illness that causes sweating, vomiting, or diarrhoea, consult your doctor because these might affect Lithic levels.
Nausea, constipation, shakiness, increased thirst, frequent urination, weight gain, or swelling of the extremities should be reported to your doctor. Your doctor may adjust the dose.
Blurred vision, confusion, loss of appetite, diarrhoea, vomiting, muscle weakness, lethargy, shakiness, slurred speech, dizziness, loss of balance, inability to urinate, or seizure could indicate severe toxicity and should prompt immediate medical attention.
Lithic 400mg Tablet SR may cause excessive drowsiness and calmness with alcohol.
WEIGH RISKS VS BENEFITS
Lithic 400mg Tablet SR is unsafe to use during pregnancy. There is positive evidence of human fetal risk, but the benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk, for example in life-threatening situations. Please consult your doctor.
Lithic 400mg Tablet SR is probably safe to use during lactation.
Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent a significant risk to the baby.
Do not drive unless you are feeling well. Lithic 400mg Tablet SR may make you feel sleepy, tired or dizzy. Lithic 400mg Tablet SR may also cause other effects that can make it dangerous to drive such as numbness, paralysis, weakness or fits (seizures).
Lithic 400mg Tablet SR should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Lithic 400mg Tablet SR may be needed. Please consult your doctor. Use of Lithic 400mg Tablet SR is not recommended in patients with severe kidney disease.
Lithic 400mg Tablet SR is probably safe to use in patients with liver disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Lithic 400mg Tablet SR may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.