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Lithium (Overview)

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 needed when taking lithium.


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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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Lithium (Overview)

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 needed when taking lithium.


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What effect exactly does lithum have on manic depression? How does it work in the brain?

What effect exactly does lithum have on manic depression?  How does it work in the brain?

Lithium: Is a mood stabilizer, theorized to work through ion channels in nervous system (electrolyte channels) which affect transmission of neurochemicals. This is one of several theories for its action. ...Read more

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Can you please define lithium used to treat?

Can you please define lithium used to treat?

Bipolar Disorder: Lithium is typically used by physicians for long term mood stabilization in bipolar disorder. It can also be used more acutely in combination with other medications to control more acute "manic" episodes of bipolar disorder. Lithium requires blood level monitor as too high a dose can be dangerous. Thyroid and kidney tests are also needed when using lithium. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: lithium carbonate?

Please describe the medication: lithium carbonate?

Lithium: 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 to the fda website. ...Read more

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How could i tell when lithium starts working?

How could i tell when lithium starts working?

For BPD: thium is a medication that works in the brain to treat bipolar disorder. It is approved for the treatment of bipolar disorder and acute mania. Bipolar disorder involves episodes of depression and/or mania. A depressive episode, or depression, occurs when a person experiences several of the following symptoms at the same time: "low" or depressed mood (e.g., sad, empty, tearful), decreased interestt ...Read more

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Information about lithium for mood stabilizing?

Which information?: Lithium is the oldest and most well-studied mood stabilizing medication we have. It's mostly well tolerated when levels are carefully monitored. Still, it doesn't work as well in every case of bipolar disorder, especially with rapid cycling. Your psychiatrist will be checking ekg, kidney, and thyroid function ; lithium levels. For more info: http://tinyurl.Com/kmq5bdb. ...Read more

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Can a mood stabilizer like Depakote or lithium for bipolar disorder works only for the manic episodes?

Can a mood stabilizer like Depakote or lithium for bipolar disorder works only for the manic episodes?

Yes: In fact, we have far better treatments for mania than we do the depressed side of this illness. We are all hoping that better treatments for bipolar depression will be found. ...Read more

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Is lithium safe in pregnancy?

Is lithium safe in pregnancy?

No.: Lithium is not safe during pregnancy. For one thing, it can cause cardiac/ heart defects in the baby ( epstiens anomoly). Lithium has a narrow margin of safety ; therfore, the fluid shifts that occur during pregancy may effect lithium levels, putting both the mother and baby at risk. If a woman is on prescribed medications and becomes pregnant, she should notify her doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Can I take lithium orotate and citalopram together safely? Thanks in advance.

Can I take lithium orotate and citalopram together safely? Thanks in advance.

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