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Are there any risks associated with taking lithium?

The primary risk in taking lithium is that of lithium toxicity. Signs of lithium toxicity include: thirst; shakiness; increased or decreased urination; muscle weakness; drowsiness; vomiting; diarrhea; coordination problems; giddiness; seizures; ringing in the ears; blurred vision. Kidney disease, heart disease, dehydration and hyponatremia, or low blood sodium levels, can increase your risk of lithium toxicity. Lithium may not be safe for use during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Talk to your doctor about the risks of taking lithium during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.

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