The first thing you need to be aware of when taking lithium is that you need to drink plenty of fluids (preferably without sugar or caffeine). If you don't make sure you're flushing your system properly, lithium can build up, possibly leading to toxicity. (See Monitoring Lithium Levels - Why It's Essential .)
It's also important to get enough salt in your diet. Without this, lithium can also build up in your system.
There are a lot of medications that can cause serious problems when taken with lithium. Some of these are:
Effexor and Effexor XR (venlafaxine)
Paxil and Paxil CR(paroxetine)
Prozac and Serafem (fluoxetine)
Wellbutrin and Zyban (bupropion)
And a host of others. Advil, Motrin, Aleve and other over-the-counter medicines containing ibuprofen or naproxen can also interact badly with lithium. Bottom line: if you're going to take lithium, tell your doctor (...
World Breastfeeding Week is August 1-7, 2011 . Choosing to breastfeed is an important decision for every mother, especially mothers who live with rheumatoid arthritis. The medications we take for RA are powerful drugs with serious and potential side-effects. Every mother wants to know that the health of her child is not being affected by these medications.
Knowledge of what are safe medications to take is vital. BabyCenter.com offers a consolidated chart of medications which are usually safe to take while breastfeeding , probably safe in usual doses, hazardous, and not safe to take. The list was compiled by Philip Anderson, a pharmacist and editor of LactMed which is the National Library of Medicine’s drug and lactation database.
Mothers want to know how various medications or chemicals may impact their children, especially breastfeeding infants. LactMed provides information regarding the impact of many drugs and chemicals on lactation, in...
Halloween is almost here, and it's such a fun and memorable time for children and parents. If you have a child with food allergies, it can also be worrisome, but there are some ways to make it safe for your food allergic child without taking all of the fun out of the evening.
First of all, if your child is old enough to understand they have food allergies, simply explain to them that they may receive candy from people that they can't eat, but that you will replace with safe treats once you get back home. This prevents any awkward explanations about food allergies as you go door-to-door, which can take the fun out of the whole experience. I've done this with my 6-year-old daughter for several years now and she's fine with this system. I even let her shop for the replacement candy before Halloween, which she really enjoys, and I also have a few surprise treats on hand for her, which makes it extra special.
If you have neighbors you're good friends with, you can provide...
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