Common Medications and their Horrific Side Effects

Lithium Side Effects

Take medication to reduce the side effects of the medication. Side Effects of Lithium.

It’s easy. Take a medication and have an easily diagnosed and easily treated hyperparathyroidism.

A small but measurable percentage of lithium-treated patients will show progressive renal impairment. Infrequently, lithium will need to be discontinued because of the progressive renal insufficiency. Lithium-induced hypothyroidism is relatively common but easily diagnosed and treated. Hyperparathyroidism from lithium is a relatively more recently recognized phenomenon.

It’s easy? Take a medication and have an easily diagnosed and easily treated hyperparathyroidism? That is a great way to look at it.

This part is great too  –  Thirst and excessive urination, nausea and diarrhea and tremor are rather common side effects that

are typically no more than annoying

even though they are rather prevalent.

No more than annoying??

Another Study showed that Approximately two-thirds of a group of bipolar patients attending the routine lithium clinic suffered side effects.

237 patients in long-term treatment

two-thirds had one or two complaints, and one fourth had three or more. About one-half of the patients complained of hand tremor, two-thirds of increase thirst, one-fifth of weight gain exceeding 10kg, one-fifth of diarrhea, and one-tenth of edema of legs or face.

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There have been postmarketing reports of a possible association between treatment with lithium and the unmasking of Brugada Syndrome. Brugada Syndrome is a disorder characterized by abnormal electrocardiographic (ECG) findings and risk of sudden death.

Drugs such as Prozac can cause a condition known as akathisia, a condition of constant agitation. Akathasia commonly occurs in conjunction with suicidal thoughts, hostility, and violent behavior.


 Antibiotic for pneumonia, bronchitis, and other respiratory tract infections; prostatitis and other genitourinary tract infections; skin ailments.
Manufacturer: Abbot Laboratories

Cause for recall:
3 deaths; severe low blood sugar; hemolytic anemia and other blood cell abnormalities; kidney dysfunction (half of the cases required renal dialysis); allergic reactions including some causing life-threatening respiratory distress.]

On the Market: Jan. 31, 1992 to June 5, 1992

Central Nervous System 

Blackout spells,

epileptiform seizures

slurred speech



incontinence of urine or feces


psychomotor retardation





acute dystonia

downbeat nystagmus. (Nystagmus is a condition of involuntary eye movement, acquired in that may result in reduced or limited vision. Due to the involuntary movement of the eye, it has been called “dancing eyes”.


Cardiac arrhythmia


peripheral circulatory collapse – shock

sinus node dysfunction with severe
bradycardia (which may result in syncope),

unmasking of Brugada Syndrome – Brugada syndrome (BrS) is a genetic disorder in which the electrical activity within the heart is abnormal. It increases the risk of abnormal heart rhythms and sudden cardiac death. Brugada syndrome is one of the most common causes of sudden heart-related death in people who are otherwise young and healthy.


Cases of pseudotumor cerebri (increased intracranial pressure and papilledema) – Can lead to blindness have been reported with
lithium use. If undetected, this condition may result in enlargement of the blind spot, constriction of visual fields and eventual blindness due to optic atrophy. Lithium should be discontinued, if clinically possible, if this syndrome occurs.

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