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Lithium Side Effects

Lithium bottles of oral suspensionSerious Side Effects of Lithium

  • urinating more frequently or having trouble urinating, feeling the need to drink more liquids than usual
  • swelling of the ankles
  • underactive thyroid gland causing symptoms of fatigue, chills, rapid weight gain and depression
  • allergic reaction: rash, hives, swelling of the face, mouth, tongue throat or eyes, and trouble breathing
  • decrease in heart rate or passing out
  • seizure
  • fever with tense muscles and sweating
  • feeling cold and color changes in your fingers or toes
  • uncontrollable movements of the eyes, tongue, jaw or neck
  • changes in vision

Common Side Effects of Lithium

  • dry mouth
  • hair loss
  • minor trembling
  • weakness
  • a metallic taste in the mouth
  • diarrhea
  • weight gain
  • memory loss

Signs of Lithium Toxicity

Lithium can build up in the body and reach dangerous levels or toxicity. Signs of this include nausea or vomiting, diarrhea and changes in vision. If you experience any of the following you may have lithium toxicity and should call your doctor at once:
  • uncontrollable shaking or twitching
  • slurring speech
  • severe tiredness
  • extreme confusion
  • unconsciousness
  • seizure