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Eskalith (lithium carbonate) is predominantly used to treat mania in persons who have a manic-depressive disorder, such as bipolar disorder. The medication provides some benefit in other conditions as well, and may be used to treat them, but it is rarely preferred for other conditions.
When used to treat a manic episode Eskalith will reduce symptoms, often entirely, within one to three weeks. Used long term manic episodes should be less frequent and, when they do occur, should be less severe and shorter than without the medication.
While it can be tremendously beneficial in patients who have manic episodes, Eskalith---or any lithium medication---is not without risks, some of which are serious. It's important that all patients taking Eskalith see a doctor regularly, to ensure the medication is working as intended as well as monitor for developing side effects.
Eskalith is typically taken three to four times per day. Food is optional, but may significantly reduce gastrointestinal side effects if experienced. A glass of fluid with each dose is recommended.
Significant dietary changes, particularly with regard to salt intake, should not be made for the duration of treatment without prior doctor approval. Changing diet, particularly (but not only) salt intake, can alter lithium blood levels, which will likely alter the way Eskalith impacts a patient.
Prior to starting treatment all patients should have lithium blood levels checked, done with a simple blood test. At the start of treatment additional blood tests will need to be performed up to twice per week, and dosage adjustments may be made according to lithium blood levels. Once an effective dose is established the frequency of checkups may be reduced to some extent, but will not stop entirely as long as Eskalith is being taken.
Patients in remission and on a maintenance dose should have blood lithium levels checked every other month.
Dosage often starts low and is gradually increased depending on tolerability and blood test results.
To broadly summarize treatment:
In manic phases, results are significant 1 to 3 weeks after starting treatment. The medication alleviates symptoms of:
Patients taking Eskalith as a maintenance therapy should have fewer manic episodes. When episodes do occur, they should have less severe symptoms and not last as long as without the medication. Dosage may be increased if a manic episode does occur, but this should not be done without doctor approval.
As mentioned above, Eskalith can produce serious, permanent, and even fatal side effects if misused. It is very important that dosage be determined by a doctor, that all dosage adjustments are approved by a doctor, and that patients attend all scheduled checkups to evaluate lithium blood levels.
Common side effects experienced by many patients taking Eskalith include:
For many, the above stop occurring in the first few weeks of treatment. For others the above persist throughout treatment. Either way, they're not cause for concern unless severe enough to be disruptive.
More serious side effects are considerably more rare, but should be brought to the attention of a doctor if experienced:
Very rare side effects that call for immediate, emergency medical attention include:
Eskalith can interact with a wide range of other medications and other medical conditions. These may cause dosage adjustments or eliminate Eskalith as a treatment. Be sure the prescribing doctor is aware of all other medical conditions and medications being taken, and be sure to inform the doctor if a medication is stopped, started, or changed.