Sometimes lithium carbonate (Lithobid, Eskalith) is added to other medicines to treat schizophrenia. It is not clear exactly how lithium works, but it may help regulate certain brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that cause mood changes. Lithium carbonate may be most helpful for treating the mood problems associated with schizophrenia, such as depression.
Common side effects of lithium carbonate include:
Lithium carbonate is a salt, so any change in the balance between body salts and liquids (mostly water) in the body can change the amount of lithium carbonate in the blood.
Lithium carbonate blood levels need to be kept within a safe range.
To keep levels in a safe range:
You also need to be aware of the following:
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
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