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Posted on Mon, 10 Jul 2017 in Medicines and Side Effects
Question: Does lithium cause weight gain? I have constipation from lithium. Is it safe to take milk of magnesia with it? If not what do you recommend? Senokot S? Thanks.
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 37 minutes later
Brief Answer:
no known interactions

Detailed Answer:
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

Lithium can cause weight gain. Medications that affect weight can do so in different ways: (1) increase appetite (2)decrease satiety or fullness (3) decrease physical activity by possibly affecting energy level (4)affecting metabolism

Being conscious of the these ways may help by monitoring food/drinks and also by purposely increasing activity levels.

There are no interactions between lithium and milk of magnesia, they can be safely used together

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
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