Chapter 4
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Possible Side Effects and Adverse Reactions of Lithium

Side Effects:

  • Fatigue
  • Muscle weakness
  • Nausea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Weight gain
  • Urinating more often
  • Slight hand tremor
  • More thirsty
  • Low blood sugar
  • Lower thyroid function
  • Hair loss

Adverse Reactions:

These are signs of Lithium toxicity:

  • Repeated vomiting/diarrhea
  • Severe tremors
  • Difficulty walking/unable to walk
  • Poor coordination
  • Extreme sleepiness
  • Slurred speech/difficulty sleeping
  • Blurred vision/ringing in ears
  • Unable to control eyes going in circles
  • Muscle twitching
  • Seizures

Children taking Lithium should have regular blood work to determine if the blood level of Lithium is in the safe and effective range.