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  • Positive evidence of human fetal risk exists.
  • Potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks (e.g. life threatening situations or serious illness).
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  • Tranquilizer for treatment of manic-depressive-disorders.
  • Fetal Risk
    Fetal Risk
  • Crosses human placenta.
  • Teratogenic in 1st trimester exposure, causing cardiovascular defects.
  • Causes fetal and neonatal self-limiting toxic effects: cyanosis, hypotonia, bradycardia, cardiomegaly, gastrointestinal bleeding, diabetes insipidus, seizures, shock, atrial flutter, thyroid depression and goiter, hepatomegaly.
  • Lithium overdose in the mother can cause preterm labor, abnormal fetal heart pattern (loss of variability), and depression at birth.
  • Possible association with neural tube defects, hip dislocation, cerebral palsy, and polydactyly.
  • Breast Feeding
    Breast Feeding
  • Excreted into milk.
  • Contraindicated in breast feeding.
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