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  • Call your physician if you experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, slurred speech, extreme drowsiness, or weakness. These symptoms may be early signs of lithium toxicity.
  • NOT crush, chew, or break any extended-release forms of lithium (e.g., Lithobid, Eskalith CR). They are specially formulated to release slowly in the body. ...
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  • Before taking lithium, tell your physician if you
    -- have kidney disease; ...
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  • Take lithium exactly as directed by your physician. If you NOT understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
  • Take each dose with a full glass of water. ...
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  • Seek emergency medical attention.
  • Symptoms of a lithium overdose include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, weakness, decreased coordination, giddiness, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, and seizures. ...
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  • Lithium may cause dizziness or drowsiness. Use caution when driving or performing other hazardous activities until you know how this medication affects you. If you experience dizziness or drowsiness, avoid these activities.
  • Maintain adequate fluid intake by drinking 8 to 12 glasses of water or other fluid every day while taking lithium. Vigorous exercise, prolonged exposure to heat or sun, excessive sweating, fever, diarrhea, or vomiting may cause dehydration and side effects from lithium. Call your physician if you lose a significant amount of body fluid as a result of sweating, diarrhea, or vomiting. ...
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  • If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking lithium and seek emergency medical attention or contact your physician immediately:
    -- an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives); ...
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