There are many types of medication that are available for people who suffer from Bipolar Disorder, alson known as manic depressive disorder. One of the commonly used medications that helps control the different levels of this disorder is Lithium Carbonate. This is a general overview of how this is used the various effects it may have.
Lithium Carbonate Overview
Lithium Carbonate helps patience that may have a chemical imbalance, such as bipolar disorder and depression.
Bipolar Disorder consists of depression and/or mania. Some of the symptoms for mania may include being easily distracted, irritable mood, and having racing thoughts.
Those that suffer from depression may feel very low and have a loss of interest and energy in most activities. There could be suicidal thoughts or feelings of emptiness and loneliness.
Lithium Carbonate is a mood stablilzing drug which helps control manic swings and helps reduce the risk of suicide. It is not as effective in controlling depression, so often it is taken with antidepressants.
As with all medication there is a risk of side effects. Some of the common side effects are tremor in hands, loss of appettite, dry throat, and nausea.
This medication is intended to be used long term, but it may take weeks before any noticeable difference appears. Even though you may start feeling better and feel that you can get off the medication, talk to your doctor first.
Visit your doctor and provide them with your full medical history so that they can see if this is the right medication for you to be on.
If you are on it, make sure to talk to your doctor about any side effects that start appearing as well as any changes in health or if you become pregnant. Regular blood tests will need to be done in order to monitor the amount of lithium that is in the blood. Too much toxicity can be lethal.
Check with Doctor
Remember that Lithium Carbonate is not for everyone that may have Bipolar Disorder. The dosage and reaction to the medication is different for everyone so do not share this with anyone. Make sure to consult with your doctor before taking any medication and visit them if there are any side effects.