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If you go off lithium properly, but then go back on it a month or two later. Is it true that it may not have the same effect as it originally did?

If you go off lithium properly, but then go back on it a month or two later. Is it true that it may not have the same effect as it originally did?

No : While I am not sure how to go off lithium "properly", there is no evidence that stopping and restarting the medication leads to a decrease in the medication's effectiveness. However, if you are treating a mood disorder, like bipolar disorder, every episode of a mood problem makes it harder in the future to treat it. So it may appear that the medicine stops working but it is just harder to treat. ...Read more

Lithium (Definition)

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


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I have been off of Lithium for a month now. Increase in anxiety. Will these symptoms go away? If so how long?

I have been off of Lithium for a month now. Increase in anxiety. Will these symptoms go away? If so how long?

Psychiatric consult: Consult a psychiatrist for this question to make sure another medication is not warranted for the anxiety. Also, go to a psychodynamically trained psychologist to assess for non=psychiatric reasons for the anxiety. ...Read more

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What is lithium for?

What is lithium for?

Lithium: Lithium is one medication that can be used to treat bipolar disorder. In people with this condition, it can stabilize mood so that the person does not suffer manic episodes or severe depression. Blood levels must be monitored carefully along with thyroid and kidney function as well as electrolytes. ...Read more

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What is lithium used for?

What is lithium used for?

Lithium Carbonate: (LiCO3) is an older tx for bi-polar disorder, better managing the highs than the lows, from my experience. If your question is about Lithium in general, there are lots of uses, at large. Wikipedia actually has a good description of these, keeping in mind, this is Wikipedia... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithium ...Read more

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What is lithium prescribed for ?

What is lithium prescribed for ?

Why Lithium: There are a number of reasons for prescribing lithium, some of which are off-label. Lithium is commonly prescribed to treat symptoms of bipolar disorder. Other reasons include assisting with anger management by decreasing explosive episodes. Another is to augment or boost the antidepressant effects from antidepressants. ...Read more

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What is lithium? What is it prescribed?

An element: Lithium is a very simple compound, it is an element, #3 on the periodic table. It is was really the first psychiatric drug that we had. It is typically prescribed now for bipolar disorder, where patients have depressive and manic (elevated mood) episodes. However, lithium also is a good antidepressant in itself and is often added for major depression, and it has been proven to reduce suicide. ...Read more

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What are the effects of taking lithium?

Depends: Therapeutic effects can include mood stability, less mania, less depression and decreased risk of suicide. Side effects may include nausea, metallic taste in mouth, tremor, sedation, thirst, frequent urination and weight gain. Lithium levels should be monitored regularly as should thyroid and kidney function. ...Read more

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Is lithium carcinogenic?

Is lithium carcinogenic?

No real data: On jul, 20, 2012: 12, 542 people reported to have side effects when taking lithium carbonate. Among them, 3 people (0.02%) have pancreatic cancer. The fda does not consider it a carcinogen and neither does the world health organization. ...Read more

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