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Common Lithium Side Effects


The most commonly reported Lithium side effects (click to view or check a box to report):

Therapeutic Agent Toxicity (237)
Confusional State (205)
Tremor (179)
Toxicity To Various Agents (167)
Renal Failure Acute (132)
Dehydration (107)
Diarrhoea (106)
Nausea (96)
Nephrogenic Diabetes Insipidus (93)
Blood Creatinine Increased (91)
Dysarthria (87)
Agitation (83)
Mania (80)
Mental Status Changes (78)
Hyperparathyroidism (77)
Asthenia (77)
Dizziness (77)
Fall (72)
Renal Failure Chronic (71)
Vomiting (68)

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If you or someone in your family has experienced a serious side effect to a health product, you are encouraged to report the experience to your health care professional (e.g. physician, pharmacist). You could also complete a copy of the side effect reporting form or report your side effect to FDA.

Lithium Side Effects Reported to FDA



Lithium Side Effect Report#9999550
Confusional State, Tachypnoea, Respiratory Depression
This is a report of a 58-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Lithium (dosage: NA, start time:
Sep 11, 2013), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Confusional State, Tachypnoea, Respiratory Depression after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Lithium treatment in female patients, resulting in Confusional State side effect. The patient was hospitalized.
Lithium Side Effect Report#9995981
Investigation
This report suggests a potential Lithium Investigation side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 82-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: bipolar disorder and used Lithium (dosage: Other) starting
Dec 09, 2010. After starting Lithium the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: InvestigationAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA.The patient was hospitalized. Although Lithium demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Investigation, may still occur.
Lithium Side Effect Report#9981171
Gestational Diabetes, Maternal Exposure During Pregnancy
This Gestational Diabetes problem was reported by a physician from IT. A 37-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: bipolar disorder. On NS this consumer started treatment with Lithium (lithium) (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Lithium (lithium), the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Gestational Diabetes, Maternal Exposure During PregnancyAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Gestational Diabetes, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Lithium Side Effect Report#9981169
Acquired Haemophilia, Exposure During Pregnancy
This Acquired Haemophilia side effect was reported by a physician from IT. A 39-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: bipolar i disorder.The patient was prescribed Lithium (lithium) (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on NS. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Folic Acid (folic Acid)
  • T4 (thyroxine)
.After starting to take Lithium (lithium) the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Acquired Haemophilia, Exposure During PregnancyThese side effects may potentially be related to Lithium (lithium).
Lithium Side Effect Report#9972122
Communication Disorder, Aphasia, Fear
This is a report of a 64-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: depression, who was treated with Lithium Carbonate Er, 300 Mg Tb, Roxane Labs (dosage: Taken By Mouth; 3 Per Day, start time: NS), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Communication Disorder, Aphasia, Fear after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Lithium Carbonate Er, 300 Mg Tb, Roxane Labs treatment in female patients, resulting in Communication Disorder side effect. The patient was hospitalized and became disabled.
Lithium Side Effect Report#9960249
Hypotension, Hypothermia, Bradycardia, Apnoea, Lobar Pneumonia, Breath Sounds Abnormal, Depressed Level Of Consciousness, Multi-organ Disorder, Dehydration
This report suggests a potential Lithium Hypotension side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 72-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: bipolar disorder and used Lithium (dosage: NA) starting NS. After starting Lithium the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Hypotension, Hypothermia, Bradycardia, Apnoea, Lobar Pneumonia, Breath Sounds Abnormal, Depressed Level Of Consciousness, Multi-organ Disorder, DehydrationAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Duloxetine
  • Olanzapine
  • Paroxetine
  • Metformin
  • Aripiprazole
  • Aspirin
  • Lisinopril
The patient was hospitalized. Although Lithium demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Hypotension, may still occur.
Lithium Side Effect Report#9959194
Renal Failure Chronic
This Renal Failure Chronic problem was reported by a health professional from SE. A 79-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: schizophrenia. On NS this consumer started treatment with Lithium (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Lithium, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Renal Failure ChronicAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Renal Failure Chronic, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Lithium Side Effect Report#9958663
Candida Infection, Mydriasis, Aggression, Personality Change
This Candida Infection side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 26-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: bipolar disorder,post-traumatic stress disorder,affective disorder.The patient was prescribed Lithium Carbonate (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on
Nov 15, 2013. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Lithium Carbonate the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Candida Infection, Mydriasis, Aggression, Personality ChangeThese side effects may potentially be related to Lithium Carbonate.
Lithium Side Effect Report#9958606
Overdose, Toxicity To Various Agents, Bradycardia
This is a report of a 69-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Lithium Carbonate Capsules (dosage: NA, start time: NS), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Overdose, Toxicity To Various Agents, Bradycardia after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Lithium Carbonate Capsules treatment in female patients, resulting in Overdose side effect. The patient was hospitalized.
Lithium Side Effect Report#9958605
Overdose, Toxicity To Various Agents, Bradycardia
This report suggests a potential Lithium Carbonate Capsules Overdose side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 50-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: cardiac failure congestive and used Lithium Carbonate Capsules (dosage: NA) starting NS. After starting Lithium Carbonate Capsules the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Overdose, Toxicity To Various Agents, BradycardiaAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Beta Blocking Agents
  • Furosemide
The patient was hospitalized. Although Lithium Carbonate Capsules demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Overdose, may still occur.
Lithium Side Effect Report#9958598
Diabetes Insipidus
This Diabetes Insipidus problem was reported by a physician from US. A 42-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: bipolar ii disorder. On NS this consumer started treatment with Lithium Carbonate Capsules (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Lithium Carbonate Capsules, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Diabetes InsipidusAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Diabetes Insipidus, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Lithium Side Effect Report#9958597
Toxicity To Various Agents, Somnolence, Dysarthria
This Toxicity To Various Agents side effect was reported by a health professional from US. A 68-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: bipolar disorder.The patient was prescribed Lithium Carbonate Capsules (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on 2008. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Carbamazepine
  • Olanzapine
  • Valproic Acid
  • Oxcarbazepine
  • Lamotrigine
.After starting to take Lithium Carbonate Capsules the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Toxicity To Various Agents, Somnolence, DysarthriaThese side effects may potentially be related to Lithium Carbonate Capsules.
Lithium Side Effect Report#9958596
Toxicity To Various Agents, Confusional State
This is a report of a 51-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: bipolar disorder, who was treated with Lithium Carbonate Capsules (dosage: 450 Mg; Am, start time: NS), combined with:
  • Duloxetine
  • Haloperidol
  • Aripiprazole
  • Trazodone
  • Oxycodone
  • Paracetamol
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Toxicity To Various Agents, Confusional State after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Lithium Carbonate Capsules treatment in male patients, resulting in Toxicity To Various Agents side effect. The patient was hospitalized.
Lithium Side Effect Report#9942305
Toxicity To Various Agents
This report suggests a potential Lithium Carbonate Toxicity To Various Agents side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 32-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: schizoaffective disorder and used Lithium Carbonate (dosage: 1200 Mg) starting NS. After starting Lithium Carbonate the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Toxicity To Various AgentsAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Risperdal (6 Mg)
  • Cogentin (4 Mg)
  • Klonopin (1 Mg)
  • Lisinopril/hctz
The patient was hospitalized. Although Lithium Carbonate demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Toxicity To Various Agents, may still occur.
Lithium Side Effect Report#9940926
Toxicity To Various Agents, Diarrhoea
This Toxicity To Various Agents problem was reported by a pharmacist from US. A 57-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: bipolar disorder. On NS this consumer started treatment with Lithium Carbonate (dosage: 1200 Mg). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Haldol (20 Mg)
  • Geodon (160 Mg)
  • Prozac (20 Mg)
  • Simvastatin (20 Mg)
  • Trazodone (100 Mg)
When using Lithium Carbonate, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Toxicity To Various Agents, DiarrhoeaThe patient was hospitalized.Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Toxicity To Various Agents, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Lithium Side Effect Report#9940756
Toxicity To Various Agents
This Toxicity To Various Agents side effect was reported by a pharmacist from US. A 49-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: bipolar disorder.The patient was prescribed Lithium Carbonate (drug dosage: 600 Mg), which was initiated on
Jan 22, 2014. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Invega Sustenna
  • Cymbalta (60 Mg)
  • Zocor (40 Mg)
  • Synthroid (75 Mcg)
  • Ddavp (0.1 Mg)
  • Vesicare (5 Mg)
  • Ibuprofen
  • Risperdal
.After starting to take Lithium Carbonate the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Toxicity To Various AgentsThese side effects may potentially be related to Lithium Carbonate. The patient was hospitalized.
Lithium Side Effect Report#9934603
Renal Failure Chronic, Blood Creatine Phosphokinase Increased
This is a report of a 65-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from SE, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: depression, who was treated with Lithium (dosage: Duration: 10220days, start time: NS), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Renal Failure Chronic, Blood Creatine Phosphokinase Increased after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Lithium treatment in female patients, resulting in Renal Failure Chronic side effect.
Lithium Side Effect Report#9934560
Renal Failure Chronic
This report suggests a potential Lithium Renal Failure Chronic side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 72-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from SE was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: bipolar disorder and used Lithium (dosage: NA) starting NS. After starting Lithium the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Renal Failure ChronicAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Lithium demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Renal Failure Chronic, may still occur.
Lithium Side Effect Report#9934185
Renal Failure Chronic
This Renal Failure Chronic problem was reported by a health professional from SE. A 84-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: bipolar disorder. On NS this consumer started treatment with Lithium (dosage: Unk). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Lithium, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Renal Failure ChronicAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Renal Failure Chronic, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Lithium Side Effect Report#9934108
Renal Failure Chronic
This Renal Failure Chronic side effect was reported by a health professional from SE. A 58-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: schizophrenia.The patient was prescribed Lithium (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on NS. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Lithium the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Renal Failure ChronicThese side effects may potentially be related to Lithium.
Lithium Side Effect Report#9934026
Renal Failure Chronic, Dialysis
This is a report of a 69-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from SE, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: bipolar i disorder, who was treated with Lithium (dosage: NA, start time: NS), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Renal Failure Chronic, Dialysis after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Lithium treatment in male patients, resulting in Renal Failure Chronic side effect.
Lithium Side Effect Report#9933802
Renal Failure Chronic
This report suggests a potential Lithium Renal Failure Chronic side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 80-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from SE was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: bipolar disorder and used Lithium (dosage: NA) starting NS. After starting Lithium the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Renal Failure ChronicAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Lithium demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Renal Failure Chronic, may still occur.
Lithium Side Effect Report#9933294
Toxicity To Various Agents, Renal Failure Chronic
This Toxicity To Various Agents problem was reported by a health professional from SE. A 69-year-old male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: bipolar disorder. On NS this consumer started treatment with Lithium (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Lithium, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Toxicity To Various Agents, Renal Failure ChronicAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Toxicity To Various Agents, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Lithium Side Effect Report#9933200
Renal Failure Chronic
This Renal Failure Chronic side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from SE. A 77-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: schizophrenia.The patient was prescribed Lithium (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on NS. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Lithium the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Renal Failure ChronicThese side effects may potentially be related to Lithium.
Lithium Side Effect Report#9933067
Renal Failure Chronic
This is a report of a 66-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from SE, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: bipolar disorder, who was treated with Lithium (dosage: NA, start time: NS), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Renal Failure Chronic after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Lithium treatment in male patients, resulting in Renal Failure Chronic side effect.


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    Lithium reports list potential signals of serious risks and new safety information that were identified using the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS).
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    Lithium Safety Alerts, Active Ingredients, Usage Information

    NDC0054-0020
    TypeHUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG
    Proprietary NameLithium Carbonate
    NameLithium Carbonate
    Dosage FormTABLET, EXTENDED RELEASE
    RouteORAL
    On market since20040105
    LabelerRoxane Laboratories, Inc
    Active Ingredient(s)LITHIUM CARBONATE
    Strength(s)450
    Unit(s)mg/1
    Pharma ClassMood Stabilizer [EPC]

    Lithium Dosage, Warnings, Usage.

    Side Effects reported to FDA: 2272

    Lithium safety alerts: 2014 2004 2001 2000

    Reported deaths: 154

    Reported hospitalizations: 911

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