Licab Tablets (Generic Lithium Carbonate Pills) – Product Information
Licab contains Lithium, which is used to treat the manic episodes of manic depression. Manic symptoms include hyperactivity, rushed speech, poor judgment, reduced need for sleep, aggression, and anger. Lithium also helps to prevent or lessen the intensity of manic episodes.
Name of Drug
Licab 400 mg is a controlled/extended release tablet.
Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient
The active pharmaceutical ingredient contained in Licab Pills is lithium carbonate.
Licab is used to treat the manic episodes of manic-depressive illness, a condition in which a person's mood swings from depression to excessive excitement. A manic episode may involve some or all of the following symptoms:
- Fast, urgent talking
- Frenetic physical activity
- Grandiose, unrealistic ideas
- Little need for sleep
- Poor judgment
Once the mania subsides, Licab treatment may be continued over the long term, at a somewhat lower dosage, to prevent or reduce the intensity of future manic episodes.
Some doctors also prescribe lithium for premenstrual tension, eating disorders such as bulimia, certain movement disorders, and sexual addictions.
Licab Tablets – Dosage
Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
To avoid stomach upset, take Licab pills immediately after meals or with food or milk. Do not crush, chew, or break an extended-release tablet. Swallow the pill whole. It is specially made to release medicine slowly in the body. Breaking the pill would cause too much of the drug to be released at one time.
Do not change from one brand of lithium to another without consulting your doctor or pharmacist. Take the drug exactly as prescribed.
While taking Licab, you should drink 10 to 12 glasses of water or fluid a day. To minimize the risk of harmful side effects, eat a balanced diet that includes some salt and lots of liquids. If you have been sweating a great deal or have had diarrhea, make sure you get extra liquids and salt.
Taking lithium can make it easier for you to become dehydrated, especially if you have any vomiting or diarrhea, if you are outdoors in the sun, or if you exercise vigorously or sweat more than usual. Dehydration can increase some of the side effects of lithium.
Drink extra fluids each day to keep from getting dehydrated while you are taking lithium. Tell your doctor if you have been sweating excessively, or if you are sick with fever, vomiting, or diarrhea for more than a few hours.
To be sure this medication is not causing harmful effects, your kidney function will need to be tested on a regular basis. Do not miss any scheduled visits to your doctor.
If you need to have any type of surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are taking lithium.
Ask your doctor what to do; requirements vary for each individual. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Storage Instructions for Licab Tablets
Store lithium at room temperature away from moisture and heat
Warnings and Precautions to be taken when using Licab Pills
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to lithium.
Lithium should generally not be given to patients with significant renal or cardiovascular disease, severe debilitation or dehydration, or sodium depletion, since the risk of lithium toxicity is very high in such patients.
Before taking lithium, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:
- heart disease;
- kidney disease;
- underactive thyroid;
- a severe or debilitating medical condition; or
- if you are dehydrated or have low levels of sodium in your blood (hyponatremia).
If you have any of these conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take lithium.
FDA pregnancy category D. This medication can cause harm to an unborn baby. Do not use lithium without your doctor's consent if you are pregnant. Tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment. Use an effective form of birth control while you are using this medication. Lithium can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Older adults may be more sensitive to the effects of this medication.
Do not give lithium to a child younger than 12 years old.
Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are pregnant. It could cause harm to the unborn baby. Use an effective form of birth control, and tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment.
Call your doctor at once if you have any early signs of lithium toxicity, such as:
- nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, drowsiness, muscle weakness, tremor, lack of coordination, blurred vision, or ringing in your ears.
Do not crush, chew, or break an extended-release tablet. Swallow the pill whole. Drink extra fluids to keep from getting dehydrated while you are taking lithium. Tell your doctor if you have been sweating excessively, or if you are sick with fever, vomiting, or diarrhea.
Avoid becoming overheated or dehydrated during exercise and in hot weather. Follow your doctor's instructions about the type and amount of liquids you should drink. In some cases, drinking too much liquid can be as unsafe as not drinking enough.
Lithium can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.
Important Information Regarding Licab Pills
If the Licab dosage is too low, you will derive no benefit; if it is too high, you could suffer lithium poisoning. You and your doctor will need to work together to find the correct dosage. Initially, this means frequent blood tests to find out how much of the drug is actually circulating in your bloodstream. As long as you take Licab, you will need to watch for side effects. Signs of lithium poisoning include vomiting, unsteady walking, diarrhea, drowsiness, tremor, and weakness. Stop taking the drug and call your doctor if you have any of these symptoms.
Possible Side Effects of Licab Pills
The possibility of side effects varies with the level of lithium in your bloodstream. If you experience unfamiliar symptoms of any kind, inform your doctor as soon as possible.
- Side effects that may occur when you start taking lithium include: Discomfort, frequent urination, hand tremor, mild thirst, nausea
- Other side effects may include: Diarrhea, drowsiness, lack of coordination, muscle weakness, vomiting
Buy Licab Tablets 300 mg Online
You can buy Licab Tablets online from the Swiss Pharmacy. It is available in pills of 300 mg. An extended release of Lithium Carbonate is available as a 400 mg tablet. The 300 mg tablets costs only $0.21 per unit when you place an order for 360 pills, whereas the 400 mg XR version costs only $0.32 for the same quantity.
This Product was added to our catalogue on Saturday, 09. October 2010.