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A 24-year-old male asked:

My lithium came back very low - 0.15 nmol/l (normal range says 0.5 - 1.2). could this be the cause/conseuqence of my mood swings, depr, and anxiety?

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Dr. Tariq Halim
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Lithium Level: Lithium is a mood stabilizer and usually needs to be at therapeutic levels to help regulate the manic/depressive episodes. The blood sample should be taken before the morning dose at the "trough" or the lowest level in the blood. Please speak to your mental health provider about possibly increasing your dose, as necessary.

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Last updated Dec 27, 2014

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