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How fast can i titrate off lithium?

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Dr. Benjamin Dobbeck
Clinical Psychology 21 years experience
Be careful: Reducing the dose of any medication needs to handled by the prescribing caregiver. If the lithium is being used for mood stability due to a bipolar diagnosis, a different mood stabilizer would most likely need to take its place. The best and safest approach is to see your caregiver or give them a call.
Dr. Mitchell Cohen
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Slow Taper: Discontinuation relapse of mania or depression clearly happens with lithium, especially if stopped quickly. This discontinuation relapse is well documented in many prospective studies. If there is a clinical reason to discontinue lithium, it should be discontinued with gradual reductions of dose under supervision of your physician.

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Last updated Oct 23, 2017

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