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In many cases, side effects of lithium are signs of toxicity and should be reported to your healthcare provider. He or she will do a blood test to check to the level of lithium in your blood. If your level is appropriate, no action may be necessary. If the levels are high, your dosage may be reduced. Possible side effects include coordination problems, blurred vision, and shakiness, among others.
An Introduction to Lithium Side EffectsAs with any medicine, side effects are possible with lithium (Eskalith®, Eskalith CR®, Lithobid®). However, not everyone who takes the drug will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider.
Side Effects of Lithium and ToxicityLithium is an older bipolar medication (see Bipolar Medications), approved many years ago. With newer medications, the side effects are carefully documented and the exact percentage of people who develop each side effect is known. With older medications like lithium, the information on side effects is less specific and the exact percentages are not reported.
- Mild shakiness, especially in the hands
- Increased or frequent urination
- Muscle weakness
- Coordination problems.
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Severe shakiness