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what is lithium for?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Lithium: Lithium is one medication that can be used to treat bipolar disorder. In people with this condition, it can stabilize mood so that the person does not suffer manic episodes or severe depression. Blood levels must be monitored carefully along with thyroid and kidney function as well as electrolytes.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Bipolar: Lithium is one of many mood stabilizers used to treat bipolar do. Other possibilities include depakote, lamictal, tegretol, trileptal, seroquel, abilify, (aripiprazole) etc.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Not known: Lithium's precise activity in bipolar disorder isn't fully known. It may stabilize catecholamine receptors, alter calcium-mediated intercellular processes, and increase GABA activity. Some feel lithium may act by calming down brain inflammation. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/05/100521191440.htm long term, it can affect thyroid, kidney, & neuro function, & electrolyte balance.
Dr. Ravi Chand
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Lithium: Lithium is a mood stabilizer for bipolar disorder with one of the highest efficacy rates upto 70 & and also decreases incidence of self harm. Its postulated that lithium blocks the sodium gated channels of the brain cells which release glutamate that excites the brain and is believed to contribute in bipolar and seizure and then it effectively enhances GABA which calms the brain down and helps.

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What is lithium prescribed for ?

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Dr. Paul Pancner
Clinical Psychology 18 years experience
Why Lithium: There are a number of reasons for prescribing lithium, some of which are off-label. Lithium is commonly prescribed to treat symptoms of bipolar disorder. Other reasons include assisting with anger management by decreasing explosive episodes. Another is to augment or boost the antidepressant effects from antidepressants.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What health effects does lithium provide?

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Dr. James Saccomando
Psychiatry 20 years experience
Mood Stabilizer: Lithium is the most effective mood stabilizer ever. Nothing has ever been shown to work better. This means that it can keep the range of your emotions under better control. It also offers some mild antidepressant effects. It even has been shown to lower suicide. No wonder we've been using it since 1949!
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Can lithium make you sick?

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Dr. Bassam Amawi
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Lithium?: Yes it can , but remember : there is no free lunch . Talk with u prescribing physician.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What is lithium used for?

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Dr. Steven Griggs
Clinical Psychology 39 years experience
Lithium Carbonate: (LiCO3) is an older tx for bi-polar disorder, better managing the highs than the lows, from my experience. If your question is about Lithium in general, there are lots of uses, at large. Wikipedia actually has a good description of these, keeping in mind, this is Wikipedia... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithium
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A 37-year-old male asked:

What schedule is Lithium ?

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Dr. Lori Lange
Specializes in Family Medicine
Not a Control: In the US Controlled medications are II-IV. Lithium is a prescription medication but not a controlled one.
Dr. Robert Kohn
Dr. Robert Kohn commented
Psychiatry 37 years experience
that does not signal that not being controlled it is safe. It has risks and benefits to use as do all medications. It should be prescribed by those familiar with this balance, with experience in observing it work and observing and treating side effects.
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