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Difference Between Lithium Orotate Lithium Aspartate
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. ...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
When supplementing with OTC lithium orotate/aspartate, should blood tests still be done regularly to monitor lithium levels, same as prescription lithium types?
It depends: It depends on how much you're using. Usual doses of Lithium Carbonate for bipolar disorder are in the range of 900 mg - 2400mg/day acutely, and 400 mg-1200mg/day maintenance. At these levels, serum monitoring is needed to avoid toxicity. Lithium orotate is given in smaller (10-20 mg/day) doses -- and although much less likely to cause toxicity at that level, it still can in some. ...Read more
I would like to try magnesium supplement. What is the difference between magnesium sulfate, oxide, gluconate and aspartate. Are they all the same?
No: The sulfate & oxide are magnesium attached to inorganic molecules. They are not harmful, but inadequately absorbed. Oratate, gluconate, & aspartic acid are natural organic amino acids, which effect much greater absorption & magnesium release in the body. These organic forms are more expensive but worth it. A formulation that releases about "500 mg of elemental magnesium" is a good daily dose. ...Read more
Unknown: I say "unknown" because dietary supplements are not regulated like medication so you may either be getting more or less than the intended amount. Most dietary supplements don't even contain what they say they do. Lithium carbonate (a medication) 100mg is safe so long as you're not dehydrated, and not taking NSAIDs or certain anti-hypertensives. A blood draw can verify safety. ...Read more
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Yes in low doses:
Pharmaceutical forms of lithium can be hazardous and should be used with caution. However, lithium orotate is much safer and generally taken in much lower doses (10-20 mg/day) vs. 900-1800 mg of prescription forms.
In low doses lithium orotate is safe, well-tolerated and has many benefits but keep the dose low. See
http://nutritionreview. Org/2013/04/lithium-orotate/ ...Read more
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 ...Read more
We don' t answer: Questions like this for obvious reasons. I will tell you that the most likely outcome would be living like a vegetable in a nursing home and being on dialysis. If. You are suicidal, help is available. Contact 911 and get emergency treatment. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. You will feel good again if you can ride out this temporary pain. You deserve help. Don't refuse it. ...Read more
POssibly safe: There are no absolute contraindications, but there may be some risk of your mood switching to mania or hypomania, or even into a mixed mood or rapid cycling state. There is to date no evidence that antidepressants alone or with lithium cure bipolar depression, talk to your psychiatrist about other options such as Latuda (lurasidone) which is approved for the treatment of bipolar depression alone or with lith. ...Read more
Depends on you: If you check the full prescribing information for the medication or medications in question, you can find the answer for just about any combination. There are also medication interaction checkers on-line. Depending on dosing, I often check an ECG if I prescribe lithium and Celexa (citalopram) in the same patient. No absolute contraindication. ...Read more
Lithium: As prescribed, yes.Get a more detailed answer ›
There is lack of scientific support for lithium orotate's effectiveness as an alternative to Lithium used for Bipolar Disorder.
A 2007 report in the Journal of Medical Toxicology warns that chronic use of lithium orotate may cause nausea and tremors. There's also some concern that it may lead to kidney damage.
See Psychiatrist for Diagnosis, Medication benefits and side effects; and Therapy ...Read more
Yes, you can: Yes, lithium orotate can be taken with Clonazepam if prescribed for you by your doctor. Lithium orotate supposedly has better bioavailability than Lithium Carbonate -- and it's given in much lower doses. Typically 10-20mg/day for brain protective effects -- you need higher quantities of elemental lithium for bipolar d/o, often using lithium carbonate. Be watchful for any sedation, though. ...Read more
Taking ashwagandha 470 mg day/470 night for low cortisol-can I take small amount of lithium orotate for sleep?
Probably OK but Why: I guess the easy answer is that it is probably safe. However I am not quite sure I understand why you are doing this. Lithium orotate is very low dose formulation of lithium (a medication used mostly for bipolar or manic depression) that is available over the counter. It seems like an unusual choice to help you sleep. ...Read more
Hello.... I was prescribed clonazepam 0.5mg for anxiety.... I have mood disorder my lithium levels are low can I take lithium orotate?
Talk w/psychiatrist: For bipolar disorder, you'll need a mood stabilizer but not necessarily lithium (either carbonate or orotate). Talk with your psychiatrist about this. Lithium orotate is given in much lower quantities than the usual lithium carbonate. For depression, 150mg/day lithium orotate but in bipolar d/o 900-1200mg/day lithium carbonate. If your levels are low, you may not be protected from episodes. ...Read more
Wat are the effects of taking prevacid (lansoprazole) clonazepam and lithium orotate together? These medication safe to combine? I need a 2nd opinion
Klonopin/Lithium: As tolerated, they should be safe.Get a more detailed answer ›
Can a low dose of lithium orotate trigger/cause hypomania in bipolar people? What's the max. Time you can be on it without worrying about toxicity? X
No: From what I can see it may have a dinky dose of lithium and lithium wouldn't trigger hypo mania but the amount in this supplement probably wouldn't prevent an episode either--you can get a blood test and see the amount in your system usual starting dose is around 900mg & therapeutic level is between 0.5-1.5 or 0.6-1.2 depending on the lab above these amounts are toxic levels and below may not be e ...Read more
I'm perimenapausal, I've been taking 85mg of calcium orotate and my perimenopausal symptoms have worsened, why?
I took 4 250mg of aziithromycin about an hour after taking magnesium aspartate. Would that lesson the effects of the antibiotics?
NO: There should not be any interaction.Get a more detailed answer ›