What should I know and consider before taking lithium?

Before taking lithium you should consider the following:

  • You will need to have frequent blood tests while taking this medication, to make sure your lithium blood levels don't get too high (a condition called lithium toxicity). 
  • You should not take lithium if you have had an allergic reaction to it in the past. 
  • Talk with your doctor about any other allergies you have to foods, drugs or medications or if you suffer from: heart disease, kidney disease, dehydration or low blood sodium levels (hyponatremia).
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

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