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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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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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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? What is it prescribed?

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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What schedule is Lithium ?

Not a Control: In the US Controlled medications are II-IV.
Lithium is a prescription medication but not a controlled one. ...Read more

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Why do I feel so shaky on lithium.

Why do I feel so shaky on lithium.

Lithium: Common side effect to some forms of lithium, such as the lithium carbonate. Talk to your doctor about possible other forms of lithium such as the long acting lithobid or eskalith. Also, lithium blood levels & serum electrolytes monitoring. ...Read more

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My lithium level was 1.4 is this ok?

Yes it is: Call your psychiatrist today please to seek out a corrective measure before the day is done ps. Upper limit is 1.2. Take care ...Read more

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I had too much lithium, what should I do?

I had too much lithium, what should I do?

Lithium Over Dose.: Don't have any idea how much lithium we are talking about. For an overdose of lithium be seen at the emergency room. ...Read more

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Is lithium orotate safe to take?

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

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Does lithium show up in a drug test ?

Does lithium show up in a drug test ?

No: There is a blood test to check lithium levels and see if they are therapeutic, but a urine drug screen or dipstick test does not include lithium in it's panel of drugs tested. ...Read more

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Can i donate plasma while on lithium?

Can i donate plasma while on lithium?

Depends: It depends on what the plasma will be used for. It is very important that you inform the organization collecting plasma of all the medications you take as well as any other health issue. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of lithium toxicity?

What are symptoms  of lithium toxicity?

Lithium toxicity: Lithium can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, muscle weakness, and fatigue. Also there can be a fine tremor of the hands or legs, muscle twitches, difficulty walking, slurred speech, nystagmus, and seizures. Management is to reduce dose or temporarily stop the drug. Lithium levels need to be monitored regularly, and kept in therapeutic range (maintenance .6 - 1 mmol/l). ...Read more

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How long do you take lithium for mania?

How long do you take lithium for mania?

Lithium: As long as it is prescribed and closely monitored thru blood work every 3-6 months and it is containing the symptoms. ...Read more

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Can everybody have lithium in their blood?

Can everybody have lithium in their blood?

Probably : Lithium does occur naturally in most vertebrates including humans, but in extremely micro-quantities. It is one of the trace elements required for normal body and mind functioning, similar to zinc, cadmium, copper, selenium. Lithium as a medication for mood disorders probably works differently though. ...Read more

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For how long does lithium withdrawal last?

Withdrawal?: Lithium is out of the body in about 3 days if stopped completely, but there usually aren't withdrawal symptoms from stopping. Of course, the original problem (the reason for taking it in the first place) could come back. Anyone stopping lithium should work closely with their prescribing doctor (psychiatrist), and contact them if they experience any symptoms. ...Read more

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What is considered a fatal dose of lithium?

What is considered a fatal dose of lithium?

Varies: serious and harmful drug overdoses vary especially with drugs like lithium. it depends on several factors . best to avoid overdose is to work closely with your prescribing physician ...Read more

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