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Lithocent CR Tablet


Overview

Introduction of Lithocent Tablet CR

Lithocent CR 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.

Lithocent CR 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 Lithocent Tablet CR

Lithocent Tablet CR 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 Lithocent Tablet CR

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. Lithocent CR Tablet is to be taken with food.

How Lithocent Tablet CR works

Lithocent CR Tablet works by suppressing the abnormal and excessive activity of the nerve cells in the brain.

Lithocent Tablet CR related warnings

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

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Expert Advice

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

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Lithocent with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
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SERIOUS

Patient Concerns

Questions Related to Lithocent

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Using Bupron,petril beta 20,lithocent cr. Petril beta started recently by reducing depran. Now feeling depressed,sleeplessness,lightheaded,no clarity etc You know what still I don't know what's my problem is. Probably bipolar. Using them from past 2-3 years
Dr. Ambrish Dharmadhikari
Mental Wellness
I would have to take detail history before commenting on your diagnosis. If medication change have caused this problem then I would recommend you to change medications after discussing with your psychiatrist.He would consider your request and find best medications for you
I an suffering from mania what should i do.
Dr. Jyoti Kapoor Madan
Psychiatrist
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 Lithocent work?

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

Q. Does Lithocent make you sleepy?

Yes, Lithocent 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 Lithocent bad for kidneys?

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

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

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

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

Q. How should Lithocent be taken?

Take Lithocent 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 Lithocent levels.

Q. Which medicines decrease Lithocent levels?

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