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A 32-year-old female asked:

my lithium level was 1.4 is this ok?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Probably ok: This level is probably ok. It is a little higher than "norma", but normal is whatever you should have, to treat your symptoms, without causing side effects. It is nothing to worry about, at least. The level is dependent on your lithium dose and your other medicines.
Dr. Olav Jaren
Dr. Olav Jaren commented
Neurology 19 years experience
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Wow you guys!
Sep 16, 2014
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 23 years experience
Yes it is: Call your psychiatrist today please to seek out a corrective measure before the day is done ps. Upper limit is 1.2. Take care
Dr. Natalie Sieb
Family Medicine 14 years experience
Little high: It's just a little higher than the upper range of normal of about 1.2, depending on thelaboratory.If you are having any new symptoms like increased tremor in your extremities,slightly slurred speech,increased fatigue,or new nausea/vomiting/diarrhea,you need to talk to your prescribing or primary care doctor right away,or if they are not available and you are having significant symptoms-go to ER.

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