DRUGS & SUPPLEMENTS
How is the drug helping you?
Alkalith CR acts in the body by competing with sodium ions in various sites.
The medicine is used in treating mania and hypomania or in patients who have recurrent bipolar depression. Alkalith CR could also be used in other purposes not mentioned here.
Talk to your doctor first before taking Alkalith CR if you have Addison's disease, cardiovascular insufficiency, renal insufficiency, and untreated hypothyroidism.
Elderly are known to be more sensitive to the drug. For this reason, they might need lesser dose than young adults might. Talk to your doctor about this.
It is not advisable to give or use Alkalith CR as a treatment to children or adolescents. Talk to your doctor first before taking this medication.
Before taking Alkalith CR, inform your doctor if you have infectious disease such as influenza, colds, gastroenteritis and urinary infections.
This medicine is known to cause harm to an unborn baby. Talk to your doctor first before talking Alkalith CR if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during the treatment.
This drug is known to pass into breast milk. Talk to your doctor first before taking Alkalith CR if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Follow the exact instruction given to you by your doctor in taking Alkalith CR. In case you did not understand the instruction, do not hesitate to ask you doctor, nurse, or pharmacist to explain them to you.
Be extra careful during the treatment with this product. Make sure that you have a normal diet and fluid intake to maintain a stable electrolyte balance, especially if you are in a place with hot temperature.
Inform your doctor as soon as you feel better or mania or depression control is obtained. Your doctor might adjust your dose.
You may obtain the amount and frequency of taking Alkalith CR from your doctor. Follow the exact dose given by your doctor. The dose will vary from person to person.
In case you suspect an overdose with Alkalith CR, stop taking it and look for emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately.
In case you miss a dose of Alkalith CR, contact your doctor immediately and ask for instructions. Do not take a double dose of the medication unless you are told by your doctor to do otherwise.
Some of the side effects of Alkalith CR are vertigo, muscle weakness, nausea, mild gastrointestinal effects and dazed feeling. These side effects usually disappear after stabilization. Other side effects such as fine hand tremors, polyuria and mild thirst; weight gain or oedema; hypercalcaemia, hypermagnesaemia and hyperparathyroidism; and skin problems may also occur. Talk to your doctor in the soonest possible time if you experience any of the said side effects.
Some of the side effects of the medicine when used in a long-term basis are thyroid function disturbances like goitre, Hypothyroidism and thyrotoxicosis; polyuria or polydipsia, renal function; and memory impairment.
Gastrointestinal side effects such as increasing anorexia, diarrhea and vomiting and central nervous system side effect like drowsiness and ataxia, dysarthria, coarse tremor, blurred vision, muscle weakness, lack of co-ordination, tinnitus and muscle twitching may also occur. Stop taking Alkalith CR and look for emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the said side effects.
Other side effects not mentioned here may also occur. Talk to your doctor if you experience any unusual or bothersome side effects.
Some drugs that may affect Alkalith CR are selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors, metronidazole, tetracyclines, topiramate, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, ACE inhibitors, thiazide diuretics, spironolactone, frusemide, angiotensin-II receptor antagonists, other drugs that affect electrolyte balance, xanthines, sodium bicarbonate and sodium chloride containing products, psyllium or ispaghula husk, urea, mannitol, acetazolamide, neuroleptics, cxalcum channel blockers, carbamazepine or phenytoin, methyldopa, lithium, thioridazine, and iodide. Talk to your doctor first before taking the drug if you are taking any of the said medications. If you are taking any of the said medications, your doctor might not allow you to take Alkalith CR, adjust your dose, or require you a special monitoring during the treatment.
Depending on the reaction of the Alkalith CR after taken, if you are feeling dizziness, drowsiness or any weakness as a reaction on your body, Then consider Alkalith CR not safe to drive or operate heavy machine after consumption. Meaning that, do not drive or operate heavy duty machines after taking the capsule if the capsule has a strange reaction on your body like dizziness, drowsiness. As prescribed by a pharmacist, it is dangerous to take alcohol while taking medicines as it exposed patients to drowsiness and health risk. Please take note of such effect most especially when taking Primosa capsule. It's advisable to consult your doctor on time for a proper recommendation and medical consultations.Is Alkalith CR addictive or habit forming?
Medicines are not designed with the mind of creating an addiction or abuse on the health of the users. Addictive Medicine is categorically called Controlled substances by the government. For instance, Schedule H or X in India and schedule II-V in the US are controlled substances.
Please consult the medicine instruction manual on how to use and ensure it is not a controlled substance.In conclusion, self medication is a killer to your health. Consult your doctor for a proper prescription, recommendation, and guidiance.
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The information was verified by Dr. Rachana Salvi, MD Pharmacology