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Who should not take lithium?

It may not be safe to use lithium to treat bipolar disease if you:

  • are allergic to the ingredients
  • are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • have kidney disease or heart disease
  • have low blood sodium (hyponatremia) 
  • are under 12 years of age

Before taking this medication, talk with your doctor if any of these concerns apply.

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