What are common side effects of lithium for bipolar disorder?

Common side effects of lithium (brand names Eskalith, Lithobid, Lithonate) for bipolar disorder include weight gain, tremor, nausea, and increased urination. Lithium may affect the thyroid gland and the kidneys, so periodic blood tests are needed to be sure they are functioning properly.

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