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Litca 300mg Tablet

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Lithium(300.0 Mg)
Therapeutic classification
ANTI-MANIAC

Medical Description

Litca is a prescription medication. It contains Lithium Carbonate as its active ingredient. It is used to manage bipolar disorder, mania, and depression associated with mania. Bipolar disorder is a me...
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Uses of Litca 300 MG

  • Bipolar Disorder.
  • Mania.

Contraindications of Litca 300 MG

  • If you have hypersensitivity to Lithium or its associated compounds.
  • If you have low sodium levels.
  • If you have severe kidney disease.
  • If you have heart disease.
  • If you’ve low thyroid hormone levels (hypothyroidism) and are not taking treatment for the same.
  • If you have low levels of cortisol and other hormones produced by the adrenal gland (Addison's disease).

Side effects of Litca 300 MG

  • Tremors
  • Acne
  • Weight gain
  • Dry mouth
  • Increased thirst
  • Increased urination
  • Fatigue
  • Hair loss
  • White blood cell count elevation
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhoea

Precautions and Warnings of Litca 300 MG

Pregnancy

Q:
Can I take Litca during pregnancy?
A:
This medication is considered unsafe in pregnancy. This is especially true in the first trimester. This medication can be used in the second or third-trimester pregnancy if your doctor has decided it is indispensable. If you are pregnant or intend to conceive while on this medication, consult your physician for more information.

Breast Feeding

Q:
Can I take Litca while breastfeeding?
A:
Breastfeeding while on this medication is generally considered safe. However, there are preliminary studies on its safety in breastfeeding. This medication is secreted in breastmilk, which may cause sedation in the baby. Please consult your doctor for more information before breastfeeding.

Driving

Q:
Can I drive if I have taken Litca?
A:
Since this medication is known to cause dizziness and drowsiness, patients should not drive or operate heavy machinery. It is essential to wait until you learn how Lithium Carbonate will affect you before doing tasks that require concentration, such as driving.

Alcohol

Q:
Can I consume alcohol with Litca?
A:
Alcohol consumption while on this medication is contraindicated. Taking them together can cause severe symptoms as it reduces the efficacy of Litca. It can also increase the chances of side effects such as sedation.

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if
  • You have an illness that causes severe diarrhoea, vomiting, a high temperature, or sweating.
  • You have a urinary tract infection (UTI).
  • You are not eating and drinking adequately because dehydration and inadequate fluid levels can affect the blood levels of lithium.
  • You are undergoing any surgery or dental procedure that will require anaesthesia. You will need to discontinue this medication 24-48 hours prior to the procedure.
  • You suffer from any health problems, including glaucoma, seizures, heart conditions, renal disorders or liver conditions, as these conditions may require dose modification.
  • You develop any thoughts of harming yourself.
  • You are on any other medications. An alternate medication may be given, or dose modification may be needed based on this information.

Mode of Action of Litca 300 MG

How Does It Work?

The brain contains many chemicals that influence our mood. To have a stable mood, these chemicals have to have stable levels in the brain. One such chemical is BDNF(brain-derived neurotrophic factor)....
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Directions for Use of Litca 300 MG

  • It is recommended that Litca Tablet be taken at fixed times every day.
  • Litca Tablet can be taken with or without food. But taking it with food reduces gastrointestinal upset.
  • Swallow the tablet whole, do not split, crush, or chew.
  • Take this medication as advised. Don’t alter the dose in any way, as this may lead to undesirable side effects.
  • It is important to take this medication for the entire duration prescribed to you by your doctor. Abruptly stopping this medication can lead to side effects such as disturbed sleep or relapse into you...
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Interactions of Litca 300 MG

Interactions with other medicines

  • Certain medicines decrease lithium elimination from the body. This could lead to lithium toxicity. Hence co-administration is not recommended. These medicines include
  • Diuretics like -furosemide, bendroflumethiazide
  • ACE(Angiotensin-converting-enzyme), Inhibitors like- enalapril, lisinopril, ramipril
  • ARBs (Angiotensin II receptor blocker) like-Telmisartan, Losartan
  • NSAIDs(Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines) like aspirin, ibuprofen, celecoxib or diclofenac
  • Antidepressants like fluvoxamine, paroxetine or fluoxetine
  • Antibiotics like - trimethoprim, metronidazole
  • Co-administration with medicines acting on the Central nervous system(CNS)like phenytoin, carbamazepine, etc., is not recommended as it can increase the severity of CNS side effects.

Interactions with food items

  • Avoid low salt diets and drink plenty of water while on this medication. Not doing so can cause the lithium levels in your body to rise and can lead to toxicity.
  • Limit consumption of caffeine-containing substances such as tea, coffee, etc., while on this medication.
  • Maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly as lithium causes weight gain.

Storage and disposal of Litca 300 MG

Store Litca Tablet in a cool and dry place. Avoid exposure to direct sunlight.

Dosage of Litca 300 MG

Overdose

An overdose of this medication can lead to many serious side effects. The most common symptoms are drowsiness, blurred vision, seizures, and may progress to coma. Immediately seek medical care at a te...
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Missed a Dose

In case of a missed dose, take it as soon as you remember if it is less than 6 hours since the missed dose. If it is more than 6 hours, skip the missed dose and continue as usual. Do not double the do...
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Content Details

REVIEWED BY
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Dr. Bhavika Shah

MBBS, MD (Dermatology), DNB (Dermatology)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Q: How long do the effects of Litca last?

A: The effect of Litca lasts for an average duration of 18-36 hours.

Q: I have been prescribed Litca, but I forgot to tell my doctor that I have hypertension, and I am taking treatment. What do I do?

A: Litca cannot be taken with certain medications used to treat hypertension. Inform your doctor about whichever medication you are currently on so they can give appropriate treatment.

Q: It has been 24 hours since I took Litca, but I do not see any effects. Should I increase the dose?

A: It will take a minimum of two weeks to feel the benefits of this medic aid. It might take longer for a few people. It is important to take this medication only at the dose and for the full duration prescribed. Not following your doctor's exact instructions may lead to dangerous side effects.
Product Details
Brand
LITCA
Expires on or After
13/08/2022

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ContainsLithium(300.0 Mg)
UsesTreatment of bipolar disorder, mania and depression associated with mania.
Side effectsTremors, acne, weight gain, nausea, diarrhoea, dry mouth, increased thirst, increased urination, fatigue, hair loss, white blood cell count elevation.
Last Updated on: 14 Apr 2022 | 03:15 PM (IST)
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