Eskalith-CR (Oral)

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Eskalith-CR (Oral) Drug and Prescription Information

Eskalith-CR (Oral)

Eskalith-CR (Oral) Medication Classification

LITHIUM (By mouth)

Eskalith-CR (Oral) Brandname

Eskalith-CR, Lithobid, Eskalith

Eskalith-CR (Oral) is used for the Treatment

Lithium (LITH-ee-um) Treats the manic part of manic-depressive (bipolar) illness.

When To Not Use Eskalith-CR (Oral)

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to lithium or if you are pregnant.

How Should You Use Eskalith-CR (Oral)

Capsule, Tablet, Long Acting Tablet, Liquid

  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to take and how often. Your dose may need to be changed several times in order to find out what works best for you. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • Carefully follow your doctor's instructions about any special diet. It is very important that you drink plenty of water every day and do not eat too much salt.
  • Measure the oral liquid medicine with a marked measuring spoon or medicine cup.
  • Swallow the tablet or capsule whole. Do not crush, break, or chew it.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • If you miss a dose or forget to take your medicine, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose.
  • Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

Proper Eskalith-CR (Oral) Storage

Store Eskalith-CR (Oral) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Eskalith-CR (Oral) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using Eskalith-CR (Oral)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using acetazolamide (Diamox®), carbamazepine (Tegretol®), methyldopa (Aldomet®), metronidazole (Flagyl®), urea (Ureaphil®), Dilantin®, potassium iodide, an antacid, diuretics or "water pills" (such as furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide, Hyzaar®, Lasix®), other medicine to treat mental illness (such as haloperidol (Haldol®)), pain or arthritis medicine (such as ibuprofen, indomethacin, piroxicam, Advil®, Aleve®, Daypro®, Feldene®, Indocin®, Motrin®, Relafen®, Voltaren®), heart or blood pressure medicine (such as Adalat®, Lotrel®, Procardia®, Accupril®, Vasotec®, Zestril®), or medicine for depression (such as Celexa®, Effexor®, Luvox®, Paxil®, Prozac®, Serzone®, Zoloft®).

Eskalith-CR (Oral) Warnings

  • Using this medicine while you are pregnant can harm your unborn baby. Use an effective form of birth control to keep from getting pregnant. If you think you have become pregnant while using the medicine, tell your doctor right away.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease, heart disease, problems with your brain or nervous system, or thyroid problems.
  • Your doctor will need to check your blood or urine at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.
  • Call your doctor if you get sick and have a fever or diarrhea, or if you are in a situation where you sweat heavily. This could affect how your medicine works.
  • Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine.
  • This medicine may make you dizzy or drowsy. Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert.

Eskalith-CR (Oral) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Change in how much or how often you urinate
  • Cold feeling or paleness in hands or feet
  • Extreme thirst
  • Headache, trouble seeing
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Unsteadiness, diarrhea, vomiting, clumsiness, unusual tiredness or weakness
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • General feeling of discomfort
  • Mild nausea
  • Mild thirst or change in how much or how often you urinate
  • Shaky hands

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Sue Norris, Rocky Mount,N.C. - 02/02/2013

Hello; I've been on it for a month now; My hands are still shaking; I have this headache 24/7! I am so tired all the time, don't even want to take a shower or brush my teeth! And I have always been a very clean person! They keep this house hot all the time, but I had to get a small heater to use because my feet are now cold all the time. I feel as though my brain is in a fog, and in order to remember every little thing, I have to write it down. It has never been like this. OF course my Dr. has ordered The lithium Level Test as well as the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone Level Test. BUT until I am approved for medicaid, the test will have to wait! I am sure this is a wonderful medication for some... who have mania a lot and so forth. I'd like to know is it helping for those on the other end who suffer from deep depression too? Please feel free to contact me. Thank You.