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Trying to ignore a mental disorder is not wise; in fact it could make the situation worse. Nowadays, people are more open about mental health as the number of those affected is on the increase. Bipolar disorder, once known as manic depression, is a serious condition that has been successfully treated with Eskalith or generic Lithium Carbonate. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
In severe cases of mania, a tranquilizer may also be prescribed until the effects of Eskalith take effect, usually in 1-3 weeks time. There is no cure for bipolar disorder but treatment with Eskalith can enable you to maintain a fulfilling relationship with your family and friends and continue to be a productive individual.
Eskalith is believed to stabilize cell membranes to make them more organized. It appears that Lithium Carbonate increases the effect of antidepressants by acting on serotonin. This is a hormone and neurotransmitter that is responsible for regulating various aspects of your nervous system such as sleep, appetite, memory, and sex. Low levels of serotonin are also found in some nervous disorders and depression. As Eskalith improves the amount of serotonin you have, the manic phases of bipolar disorder will be reduced.
The manic symptoms of bipolar disorder include inappropriate irritability, elation, or social behavior, increased energy and sexual desire, racing thoughts, and grandiose beliefs. The depressive side of bipolar can cause sadness, sleep disturbances, loss of energy, and thoughts of harming yourself.
Some people may only be bothered by a few symptoms that could almost go unnoticed while others are unable to work, attend school, or cope with everyday life. As with other mood disorders, the causes are a mystery, although it is known that bipolar disorder can run in the family. Typically, the onset of bipolar disorder occurs around the age of 25 and the male to female ratio is fairly even.
Eskalith can be harmful to your unborn or nursing baby if taken while you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast feeding so discuss a pregnancy test and birth control options before starting treatment. Talk to your doctor about other medical conditions and allergies you have and list any OTC and Rx medications you take, including herbal remedies and dietary or vitamin supplements so it can be determined if Eskalith is right for you.
Eskalith can increase your risk of becoming over-heated, especially while exercising or in hot weather, so you should drink extra fluids to keep well hydrated. Surgical and dental staff should be made aware that you are taking Eskalith before undergoing any procedures. Do not change your dosage, stop, or start medications without first talking to your doctor as this could affect the efficacy of Eskalith.