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is lithium orotate safe to take?

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Dr. Dori Middleman
Psychiatry 34 years experience
Lithium orotate: Lithium orotate is reported to be a form of lithium which increases the lithium level inside cells. Lithium is not a vitamin but an element which usually exists in salt form and is used by psychiatrists to stabilize mood. Usually we monitor kidney & thyroid function while people take lithium in the usual forms prescribed. Probably these same tests should be done periodically if you take orotate
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Lithium: Lithium orotate is a salt of orotic acid & lithium. It is used as a dietary supplement to treat conditions such as poor memory & mood changes. Lithium aspartate is an Amino Acid (aspartic acid) bound to lithium. It is also a dietary supplement claimed to slow brain aging & improve moods. Consult your doctor before trying any such supplements.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

Lithium citrate is what?

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Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Milleranswered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
Mood stabilizer: Lithium is a metalic element (atomic number 3) that is used as a mood stabilizer, to treat depression and bipolar disorder. Lithium citrate is one of the many forms used in treatment.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali commented
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Liquid form.
Dec 28, 2012
A 30-year-old member asked:

Amount of water to drink while taking lithium treatment?

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Dr. Kevin Nasky
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Consistent: Whatever your normal fluid intake is during the beginning of treatment, when your doctor is checking lithium levels, is what you should continue once your dose has stabilized. Your doctor should explain to you all the things that can affect your lithium levels (dehydration, over-hydration, certain drugs, etc.). The important thing is to avoid extremes. Talk to your doc for specifics.
A 36-year-old member asked:

How much water shoudl you drink while on lithium treatment?

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Dr. Kevin Nasky
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Consistent: Whatever your normal fluid intake is during the beginning of treatment, when your doctor is checking lithium levels, is what you should continue once your dose has stabilized. Your doctor should explain to you all the things that can affect your lithium levels (dehydration, over-hydration, certain drugs, etc.). The important thing is to avoid extremes. Talk to your doc for specifics.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Can residue from lithium cause cancer?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Doubt it: Lithium is not a mutagen, or capable of damaging dna directly, like the things that genuinely cause cancer. A person with advanced renal disease due to lithium kidney toxicity would be at greater risk for kidney cancer.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Is lithium carcinogenic?

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Dr. Peter Forster
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Probably not: Although lithium was introduced before the fda required screening of drugs for carcinogenesis, a quick literature search finds no reports of this and, indeed, several reports that lithium may have an anti-cancer effect.

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