Lithium carbonate is indicated for the treatment of manic episodes of manic-depressive illness. Maintenance therapy prevents or diminishes the intensity of subsequent episodes in those manic-depressive patients with a history of mania. Lithium is an element of the alkali-metal group. Preclinical studies have shown that lithium alters sodium transport in nerve and muscle cells and effects a shift toward intraneuronal metabolism of catecholamines.
Use Lithium Carbonate as directed by your doctor.
- Take Lithium Carbonate by mouth after meals or with food or milk to decrease stomach upset.
- Drinking extra fluids while you are taking Lithium Carbonate is recommended. Check with your doctor for instructions.
- Do not change your diet, including the amount of salt in your diet, unless instructed by your doctor.
- If you miss a dose of Lithium Carbonate, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Lithium Carbonate.
Store Lithium Carbonate at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat, light, and moisture. Keep Lithium Carbonate out of the reach of children and away from pets.