- What is lithium, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for lithium?
- Is lithium available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for lithium?
- What are the uses for lithium?
- What are the side effects of lithium?
- What is the dosage for lithium?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with lithium?
- Is lithium safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about lithium?
Is lithium safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- Lithium crosses the placenta and has been associated with toxicity in the fetus. Children born to women taking lithium during pregnancy have an increased risk of goiter and cardiac anomalies. If possible, lithium should be withheld during the first trimester. Women of childbearing age who may require lithium should be counseled about becoming pregnant.
- Lithium is secreted into breast milk. Symptoms of lithium toxicity, including changes in the electrocardiogram, have been seen in some breastfed infants, whose mothers were taking lithium. If possible, women taking lithium should not breastfeed their infants.
What else should I know about lithium?
What preparations of lithium are available?
- Tablets: 300 mg.
- Tablets (extended release): 300 and 450 mg.
- Capsules: 150, 300 and 600 mg.
- Syrup: 300 mg/5 ml
How should I keep lithium stored?
All formulations should be kept at room temperature, 15 C to 30 C (59 F to 86 F).
Reference: FDA Prescribing Information
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