Eskalith CRand/or alternativesChemical Ingredient: Lithium Carbonate ER
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450mg Extended Release Tablets
- Marketed as Liskonum CR in United Kingdom
- Manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline UK Ltd
- Product of United Kingdom • Shipped from United Kingdom
- Prescription Required
- Marketed as Intalith CR in India
- Manufactured by Intas
- Product of India • Shipped from India
- Prescription Required
Eskalith CR Drug Information
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Lithium Carbonate ER Drug Information
Eskalith CR Overview
Eskalith CR is used to treat manic-depressive disorder (bipolar disorder). It works to stabilize the mood and reduce extremes in behavior by restoring the balance of certain natural substances (neurotransmitters) in the brain. Some of the benefits of continued use of Eskalith CR include decreasing how often manic episodes occur and decreasing the symptoms of manic episodes such as exaggerated feelings of well-being, feelings that others wish to harm you, irritability, anxiousness, rapid/loud speech, and aggressive/hostile behaviors.
Eskalith CR Warnings
It is very important to have the right amount of lithium in your body. Too much lithium may lead to unwanted effects such as nausea, diarrhea, shaking of the hands, dizziness, twitching, seizures, slurred speech, confusion, or increase in the amount of urine. Tell your doctor right away if these effects occur. There is only a small difference between the correct amount of lithium and too much lithium. Therefore, it is important that your doctor monitor you closely during treatment. Keep all medical and laboratory appointments while you are taking lithium.
How to Use Eskalith CR
There are different brands of Eskalith CR available. They may not have the same effects. Do not change brands without asking your doctor or pharmacist. Take Eskalith CR by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually 2-3 times daily. Take lithium with or immediately after meals to lessen stomach upset. Do not crush or chew Eskalith CR. Doing so can release all of the drug at once, increasing the risk of side effects. Also, do not split the tablets unless they have a score line and your doctor or pharmacist tells you to do so. Swallow the whole or split tablet without crushing or chewing. Drink 8 to 12 glasses (8 ounces or 240 milliliters each) of water or other fluid each day, and eat a healthy diet with normal amounts of salt (sodium) as directed by your doctor or dietician while taking Eskalith CR. Large changes in the amount of salt in your diet may change your lithium blood levels. Do not change the amount of salt in your diet unless your doctor tells you to do so. Use Eskalith CR regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same times each day. The Dosage of Eskalith CR is based on your medical condition, lithium blood levels, and response to treatment. Eskalith CR works best if the amount of the drug in your body is kept at a constant level. Therefore, take Eskalith CR at evenly spaced intervals. Eskalith CR must be taken exactly as prescribed. It is important to continue taking lithium even if you feel well. Do not stop taking Eskalith CR without consulting your doctor. Some conditions may become worse when Eskalith CR is suddenly stopped. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details. Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens. It may take 1 to 3 weeks to notice improvement in your condition.
Eskalith CR Precautions
Before taking lithium, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. Eskalith CR may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before using Eskalith CR, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history,heart disease, kidney disease, urinary problems (such as difficulty urinating), underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), seizures, Parkinson's disease, leukemia, severe dehydration (severe loss of body water), any infection with high fever, a certain skin disorder (psoriasis). Lithium treatment may rarely reveal an existing condition that affects the heart rhythm (Brugada syndrome). Brugada syndrome is an inherited, life-threatening heart problem that some people may have without knowing it. It can cause a serious (possibly fatal) abnormal heartbeat and other symptoms (such as severe dizziness, fainting, shortness of breath) that need medical attention right away. Brugada syndrome may cause death suddenly. Before starting lithium treatment,Brugada syndrome, unexplained fainting, family history of certain heart problems (Brugada syndrome, sudden unexplained death before 45 years old). Eskalith CR may make you dizzy or drowsy or blur your vision. Alcohol or marijuana (cannabis) can make you more dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness or clear vision until you can do it safely. Limit alcoholic beverages. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana (cannabis). If heavy sweating or severe diarrhea occurs, check with your doctor right away how to best continue taking lithium. Take care in hot weather or during activities that cause you to sweat heavily such as during hot baths, saunas, or exercise. Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products). Eskalith CR is not recommended for use during pregnancy. It may harm an unborn baby. However, since untreated mental/mood problems (such as bipolar disorder) can harm a pregnant woman and her unborn baby, do not stop taking Eskalith CR unless directed by your doctor. Instead, ask your doctor if a different medication would be right for you. If you are planning pregnancy, become pregnant, or think you may be pregnant, tell your doctor right away. Lithium passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Therefore, breast-feeding is not recommended while using Eskalith CR. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Eskalith CR Misdose
If you miss a dose of Eskalith CR, take it as soon as you remember unless your next scheduled dose is within 6 hours. In that case, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Eskalith CR Interactions
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval. Other medications can affect the removal of lithium from your body, which may affect how lithium works. Examples include ACE inhibitors (such as captopril, enalapril), ARBs (such as losartan, valsartan), NSAIDs (such as celecoxib, ibuprofen), water pills (diuretics such as hydrochlorothiazide, furosemide), other drugs for mental/mood conditions (such as chlorpromazine, haloperidol, thiothixene), among others. Your doctor may need to adjust your dose of lithium if you are on these medications. The risk of serotonin syndrome/toxicity increases if you are also taking other drugs that increase serotonin. Some examples are street drugs such as MDMA/"ecstasy," St. John's wort, certain antidepressants (such as SSRIs like fluoxetine/paroxetine, SNRIs like duloxetine/venlafaxine), among others. The risk of serotonin syndrome/toxicity may be more likely when you start or increase the dose of these drugs. Eat a normal diet with an average amount of sodium. Consult your doctor or dietician for more details.
Eskalith CR Side Effects
What are Eskalith CR side effects?
Side effects are physical, mental or emotional symptoms which occur in addition to or outside of the desired effect of a therapeutic treatment such as an over-the-counter or prescribed drug or medication. Side effects from Eskalith CR may occur at the beginning or at the end of treatment and may also depend on the length of time an individual remains on the treatment. Side effects, also known as adverse effects, are generally more likely to occur when starting treatment. Individuals may also experience side effects from Eskalith CR as a result of an interaction with other medications.
Side Effects of Eskalith CR
The side effects of Eskalith CR may vary in number and intensity for many different reasons. Factors such as age, weight, gender and ethnicity may influence the side effects of Eskalith CR. Also, an individual’s state of general physical health and seriousness of the disease or illness as well as an increase or decrease in dosage may lead to side effects. Further, side effects from Eskalith CR may also occur as a result of an interaction with certain herbal supplements, foods or drinks.
Prescription drug side effects can be serious and may cause patients to stop the treatment. However, when side effects from the use of a prescription drug, such as Eskalith CR, do occur a patient should consult their physician. A physician may prescribe an additional treatment in order to control the symptoms or an adjustment in the dosage may be made. In addition, changes to diet, exercise or other lifestyle activities may help to lessen the side effects of Eskalith CR.
By understanding side effects and the factors which may influence the occurrence of side effects patients are empowered to take an active role in their care. Patients who have specific questions about the side effects of Eskalith CR, or any other medication, should contact their physician. General information about Eskalith CR and the side effects associated with Eskalith CR are described in the following:
Common Eskalith CR Side Effects
- urinary incontinence
- increased urinary frequency
Less Frequent Eskalith CR Side Effects
- diabetes insipidus
- skin rash
- weight gain
- muscle weakness
- acne vulgaris
- gait abnormality
- skin inflammation
Rare or Very Rare Eskalith CR Side Effects
- idiopathic intracranial hypertension
- ventricular tachycardia
- prolonged QT interval
- sinus bradycardia
- abnormal ECG
- intracranial hypertension
- acquired dystonia
- nephrotic syndrome
- seizure disorder
- sinus node dysfunction
- serotonin syndrome
- sinoatrial block
- ventricular fibrillation
- prolonged PR interval
- DRESS syndrome
- pruritus of skin
- dry skin
- finger pain
- sensation of cold
- headache disorder
- muscle fasciculation
- slurred speech
- fecal incontinence
- acute confusion
- blurred vision
- weight loss
- acute abdominal pain
- erectile dysfunction
- Raynaud's phenomenon
- swelling of ankles
- swelling of wrists
- skin ulcer
- dry hair
Eskalith CR Storage
Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard Eskalith CR when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
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