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Eskalith Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Lithium is in a class of medications known as antimanic agents. This medicine works by decreasing abnormal activity in the brain. It is used to prevent episodes of mania such as abnormally excited mood in people with bipolar disorder such as manic depressive disorder and disease that may also be causes depression, mania.

Eskalith Dosage

  • The usual starting dosage is 1,800 milligrams per day and you should be taken 3 or 4 doses per day.
  • For children up to 12 years of age, the usual dose is 15 to 20 milligrams per kilogram of body weight a day.

Uses of Eskalith

  • It is used to treat various blood disorders such as depression, schizophrenia, and certain mental illnesses in children.
  • It may also used to treat other medical conditions those are listed in medication guide.

Side Effects of Eskalith

Before taken Eskalith medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor.  If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Eskalith. Side effects may include:

  • Blackout spells
  • Loss of appetite
  • Cavities
  • Itching
  • Coma
  • Iinvoluntary tongue movements
  • Dehydration
  • Hallucinations
  • Dry mouth
  • Hair loss
  • Fatigue

Warnings and precautions before taking Eskalith:

  • After taken this medicine, you may feel dizzy, drowsy. So you should not participate in any activities that require full mental alertness such as drive and operate machinery.
  • If you have heart or kidney problem, brain or spinal cord disease, or a weak, run-down, or dehydrated condition, then your should be used eskalith with extra caution.
  • If you are having surgery such as dental surgery, then you should tell doctor or dentist that you are taking lithium.
  • If you have any infection or illness that may also be causes heavy sweating, vomiting, or diarrhea, then you should consult with your doctor. Because it may lead to serious side effects.

Drug Interaction:- If you are taking eskalith with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining eskalith with the following:

  • Acetazolamide (Diamox)
  • Sodium bicarbonate
  • Phenytoin (Dilantin)
  • Bicarbonate of soda
  • Feldene, Indocin, and Vioxx
  • Caffeine (No-Doz)
  • Methyldopa (Aldomet)
  • Iodine-containing preparations such as potassium iodide (Quadrinal)
Overdose

After taken eskalith if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of eskalith overdose may include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Seizures
  • Nausea
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Vomiting
  • Blurred vision
  • Giddiness
  • Weakness


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