Specific Concerns With Limbitrol

Specific Limbitrol Warnings and Precautions

Warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Limbitrol include the following:
  • Antidepressants (including Limbitrol) may increase the risk of suicidal thinking or behavior (see Depression and Suicide). Therefore, if you notice any changes in symptoms or new symptoms, talk to your healthcare provider immediately. Some of these symptoms may include:
    • Anxiety
    • Hostility
    • Agitation
    • Panic
    • Restlessness
    • Hallucinations
    • Extreme hyperactivity
    • Suicidal thinking or behavior.
  • Before prescribing Limbitrol for depression that is associated with anxiety, your healthcare provider should make sure that you do not have bipolar disorder instead. Sometimes, the symptoms of bipolar disorder and depression are similar, and Limbitrol can cause problems in people with bipolar disorder.
  • Limbitrol is a controlled substance, which means that it has the potential to be abused. There are special rules and regulations for prescribing and dispensing it. Limbitrol is generally not recommended for people with a history of alcohol or drug abuse (see Limbitrol Addiction).
  • The medication can cause severe drowsiness and difficulty breathing, which may be life threatening. This risk is increased when Limbitrol is combined with alcohol, narcotics, or other medications or substances that cause drowsiness and sedation (see Limbitrol Drug Interactions). You should not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how Limbitrol will affect you.
  • Elderly people are more sensitive to the effects of Limbitrol and may need to be started with a low Limbitrol dosage. The medication may increase the risk of falling, which is especially dangerous in elderly people (who often have weak or brittle bones).
  • Special care should be used when taking Limbitrol if you have a history of heart problems, bladder problems, seizures, or glaucoma. Limbitrol can make these conditions worse.
  • The medication may cause a dry mouth. Sucking on hard candy, chewing gum, or melting bits of ice in your mouth can provide relief.
  • Do not treat yourself for the common cold, a cough, or allergies without first talking to your healthcare provider. Some of these medicines can increase the risk of developing Limbitrol side effects.
  • Let your healthcare provider know if you have liver or kidney disease, as your body may not handle Limbitrol as well as it should.
  • The medication may not be safe for use during pregnancy. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using Limbitrol when pregnant (see Limbitrol and Pregnancy).
  • Limbitrol passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Limbitrol and Breastfeeding).
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