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Bipolar Disorder And Lithium Carbonate
Lithium carbonate is a medication approved to treat bipolar type 1 acute manic episodes. It is also used for as maintenance therapy to prevent future bipolar mood episodes. Its clinically efficacy is related to serum levels which require blood draws. It can cause a minor to serious side effects and is life threatening in overdose. For additional information, please refer ...Read more
What is the pharmacological mechanism of action of lithium carbonate when used to treat bipolar disorder?
Unknown: The exact mechanism is not fully understood. It effects sodium transport in nerve cells and may have effects on several neurotransmitters, most notably glutamate and serotonin. It is the most effective agent for mood stability, but may have effects on thyroid and kidneys after many years of continuous use. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Would taking the caffeine-free version of hydroxycut have any interaction with the lithium carbonate I take for my bipolar disorder?
Bipolar: Lithium can be both good and bad. Please let the doctor who is caring for you know your concerns. Lithium may have an effect on your thyroid or parathyroid gland that needs evaluation. If you can, go online and look up side effects of lithium. Doesn't cause problems often but once is enough. ...Read more
How long does it take for lithium carbonate to be effective for bipolar II symptoms? And what is theraputic level? Thanks.
Varies: Onset of benefit can occur in days. This is very welcomed when this occurs but it is not discouraging if it doesn't. Depend end on a patients course of illness benefit from lithium can be realized over a few to several weeks. Therapeutic blood levels for lithium range from 0.5 to 1.2 meq/l. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is 1200 mg of lithium carbonate / day an acceptable dosage for the treatment of bipolar? What are the risks of such a high dosage?
Level more important: The blood level is more important than the dose. The kidneys are the way the body gets rid of lithium. Ansaids like motrin, Aleve (naproxen) can double lithium levels at same dose. So can many blood pressure meds- so all your prescribers need to know you are on lithium to avoid interaction. 1200mg is a typical dose. Normal blood levels are betwn 0.5-1.0 , toxic is abover 1.2-1.5. I like <0.8. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
If ur taken lithium carbonate and ur brain is gettin healed and makin serotonin but is hard 2 release cuz Ur schizoaffective bipolar wats tha trick?
A chemical trick : The medications used as mood stabilizers work in multiple ways to improve neurotransmission, increase the release of neurotransmitters in the brain, regulate the cell membrane's excitability, and balance the flux of ions across the membranes, etc. The healing effect of those medications is observed in the behavior and mood regulation. If there is good response, then it means that is working. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Abilify (aripiprazole): Either. Individuals vary in their response & tolerance to medications. ...Read more
It is more like: a second line treatment,but it has been used first line in certain people. A psychiatrist should prescribe it. Have you been on it before??? Did it work for you? ...Read more
Chemically, lithium is a light, soft, alkali metal. It's very highly reactive, so that in nature it's only found in compound form. It's useful in batteries. As a medication, Lithium Carbonate and citrate can be used to stabilize mood in people with bipolar disorder. In these people it can help with both mania and depression. Blood level monitoring is ...Read more
Though depression is not required for diagnosis most people have both manic and depressive episodes and may have mixed episodes with features of both. Length of episodes vary, but are separated by "normal" periods of emotion and behavior. See my answers to similar ...Read more