Lithium is indicated for the management of Bipolar disorder. It prevents or decreases acute manic episodes . Some side effect are seizures, abdominal pain, hypothyroidism, leukocytosis, muscle weakness and tremors.
Dr. Tech said he is sending me home with a prescription for Lithium. What is that for?
Are there any side effects should we should know about?
Ms. Smith and her husband have many questions about lithium
Yes, you need to avoid excess caffeine. Some drugs that may interact with this medication are NSAIDS such as ibuprofen, diuretics, ace inhibitors, metronidazole, and calcium channel blockers. Other alternative medications used to treat bipolar disorder are: Valproic acid, Carbamazepine, and Clonazepam.
Ok, is there any drugs or food that may interact with this medication?
Isn't there something else they can give her?
The nurse provides patient education before Ms. Smith's discharge home
You need to make sure to take this medication as directed, even if you feel well. It is important for you to drink 2000 - 3000 ml of fluid daily to maintain lithium levels . Since Lithium can be harmful in pregnancy, it is important to take contraception and consult with your doctor if a pregnancy is suspected.
References: Henry, N. J. (2016). RN pharmacology for nursing: Review module (7th ed.). Overland Park, KS: Assessment Technologies Institute.
Lilley, L. L., Collins, S. R., & Snyder, J. S. (2017). Pharmacology and the nursing process (8th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.
Group members: Griselda Hidalgo - indications,pharmacological action, side effects, and storyboard editing Linda Ogbimi - Drug-drug interaction, drug-food interactions, and patient teaching, storyboard editing