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Originally posted by Fishticon84
And a little thing I wonder about fluoride..
WHY would dentists want you to use it if its good for your teeth?
Cautions A patient should have a physical exam before lithium is started. Kidney function, thyroid, blood salts, & blood cell count should be checked & an ECG considered. There are some patients who probably should not be given lithium, such as patients with kidney or heart disease, those who are taking thiazide diuretics for high blood pressure, those who are severely debilitated, & those who require low sodium diets. Low sodium intake can result in toxic lithium blood levels. Lithium Dosages Supervision of the lithium blood level is extremely important. If the level is too low, the symptoms will not be controlled. If it is too high, the resulting toxic condition can be very dangerous. The correct dosage of lithium is partly determined by the weight of the patient. An average beginning dose is about 300 milligrams 2 to 4 times a day. Blood measuring should be done twice weekly for the first 2 weeks, once a week for the next 3 or 4 weeks, at 2 week intervals for the next 2 months, then monthly. The best time to draw the blood is 12 hours after the patient has taken his last dose. The desired blood level is usually between .6 & 1.2mEQ/L. A level higher than 1.5 mEq/L may be unsafe. Levels below .5 to .6 mEq/L should be considered adequate only for some elderly persons or those who can't tolerate more. For patients who object to having blood drawn, there is a way of checking the lithium via saliva. If a patient who has been taking lithium stops, they may experience anxiety, tension, palpitation, nausea, diarrhea, restlessness, & headaches. Side Effects of Lithium Among the side effects may be nausea, loss of appetite, & mild diarrhea. They are common during the early weeks, but usually diminish with time. Patients may also experience dizziness & a fine tremor of the hands. Tremors are less likely if the dose is increased slowly, rather than rapidly. They may be diminished if the patient takes smaller doses several times a day. The use of Lithobid, may also reduce the severity of tremors. 40 to 80 mg. per day of Inderal (propranolol) can control tremors. However, Inderol will also lower blood pressure & reduce the heart rate. Sudden discontinuation of Inderol may result in anxiety & tremulousness. Patients with kidney disease should not be given lithium. Increased production of urine & excessive thirst are two side-effects which are usually not problems. Midamor, twice a day, can reduce the urine problem. To prevent kidney damage, patients should be maintained on the lowest effective dose. It was found that taking all the lithium in one daily dose at bedtime diminished the urine problem. Other potential side effects include weight gain, hypothyroidism, increased white blood cell count, skin rashes, & birth defects. If the concentration of lithium becomes too great, more serious problems will appear. Nausea may become more severe & there may be vomiting, diarrhea, sluggishness, dizziness, muscle twitchings, & an irregular heartbeat. Any of these signs are likely to be present for several days & should send a patient promptly to a doctor to have his blood level of lithium measured. Drug Interactions. Lithium can interact with many different drugs including Ibuprophin (Advil, etc.), Acetazolamide, Antihypertensives, Anti inflammatory drugs, Calcium channel blockers, Carbamazepine, diuretics, hydroxyzine, ibuprofen, inderal, procardia, marijuana, muscle relaxants, neuroleptics, table salt, baking powder, tetracycline, tricyclic antidepressants, MAO inhibitors, caffeine, an other drugs. If you or your relative use any of these, you should discuss the possible side effects with your doctor.
Originally posted by Screwed
Ohhh boy, here we go.
This would be funny if it weren't so scary.
What world am I living in???
1984 was supposed to be a book, not an instruction manual!!!
Can I get off of this ride now, I thnk I am going to puke!!
In 50 years people will scoff at the idea of having drinking water without added lithium, just the way they scoff at the idea of drinking unflouridated water.
"Flouride is good for your teeth, the Dentist told me so. It helps keep your teeth strong and white and healthy".
"Lithium is good for your brain function. It helps maintain a sense of well being and balances the chemicals in our brains, the Doctor told me so".
This is what our kids will be taught in Kindergarten.
This is what Doctors will support for healthy brain function.
This is a world I officially don't want to live in anymore!!!!
I don't like the fact that this is even being TALKED about!!!!
If this is a joke,......IT ISN"T FUNNY!!!!
If this is from an unreliable source......SCREW THEM for making me # my pants when I read the article!!!
Either way this pans out I don't care....I want out of this nightmare!!!!
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Originally posted by bestof83
seriously there has to be interactions between all there's chemicls