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Published: 8/2015

The information on this sheet is based on approvals granted by the Japanese regulatory authority. Approval details may vary by country. Medicines have adverse reactions (risks) as well as efficacies (benefits). It is important to minimize adverse reactions and maximize efficacy. To obtain a better therapeutic response, patients should understand their medication and cooperate with the treatment.
Brand name :
LITHIUM CARBONATE TABLETS 100mg "FUJINAGA"
 Active ingredient:
Lithium carbonate
 Dosage form:
white tablet, diameter: 7.0 mm, thickness: 3.2 mm
 Print on wrapping:
炭酸リチウム100 mg「フジナガ」, LithiumCarbonate 100 mg“FUJINAGA”, L1

Effects of this medicine

This medicine acts on central nerve system and suppresses emotional excitement and behavior and stabilizes mood.
It is usually used to treat mania or manic state of bipolar disorder.

Before using this medicine, be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist

  • If you have previously experienced any allergic reactions (itch, rash, etc.) to any medicines.
    If you have electroencephalographic abnormalities such as epilepsy, heart disease, renal disorder, debility or dehydration, disease accompanied by fever/sweating or diarrhea, organic brain disorder, insufficient food or water intake, liver disorder, hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism.
    If you are on sodium-restricted diet.
  • If you are pregnant, possibly pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • If you are taking any other medicinal products. (Some medicines may interact to enhance or diminish medicinal effects. Beware of over-the-counter medicines and dietary supplements as well as other prescription medicines.)

Dosing schedule (How to take this medicine)

  • Your dosing schedule prescribed by your doctor is ((        to be written by a healthcare professional))
  • In general, for adults, start with 4 to 6 tablets (400 to 600 mg of the active ingredient) a day in 2 to 3 divided doses. The dosage is gradually increased in 3-day or 1-week intervals up to 12 tablets (1,200 mg) a day. Then, take 2 to 8 tablets (200 to 800 mg) a day in 1 to 3 divided doses. The dosage may be adjusted according to the disease, age or symptoms. Strictly follow the instructions.
  • If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and follow your regular dosing schedule. You should never take two doses at one time.
  • If you accidentally take more than your prescribed dose, consult with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Do not stop taking this medicine unless your doctor instructs you to do so.

Precautions while taking this medicine

  • This medicine may cause dizziness or drowsiness. Avoid driving a car or operating dangerous machinery.
  • Make sure that you comply with the dates of visits designated by your doctor to measure the blood concentration of this medicine regularly.

Possible adverse reactions to this medicine

The most commonly reported adverse reactions include shivering of limbs, thirst, diarrhea and decreased urine output. If any of these symptoms occur, consult with your doctor or pharmacist.
The symptoms described below are rarely seen as initial symptoms of the adverse reactions indicated in brackets. If any of these symptoms occur, stop taking this medicine and see your doctor immediately.
  • shivering of limbs, vomiting, impaired consciousness [lithium intoxication]
  • fever, muscle stiffness, swallowing difficulty [malignant syndrome]
  • shortness of breath, dizziness, slow pulse [sick sinus syndrome, high-grade bradycardia]
  • excessive drinking/polyuria, general malaise, thirst [nephrogenic diabetes insipidus]
  • forgetfulness, impaired mind, decreased consciousness [dementia like symptoms, consciousness disorder]
The above symptoms do not describe all the adverse reactions to this medicine. Consult with your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any symptoms of concern other than those listed above.

Storage conditions and other information

  • Keep out the reach of children. Store away from direct sunlight, heat (including the heat in your car) and moisture.
  • Discard the remainder. Do not store them. Ask the pharmacist or medical institution on how to discard the remainder.
  • Pay attention that the blood concentration of this medicine may increase in the following cases, possibly leading to an adverse reaction (lithium intoxication).
    If you have been unable to eat or drink.
    If you become prone to dehydration. (If you suffer a disease accompanied by fever, or if you sweat excessively due to exercise or activities in the hot sun without sufficient hydration.)
    If you take this medicine concomitantly with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents.

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For further information, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

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