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What's the therapeutic level for lithium carbonate tabs (lithobid)?

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Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology
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In brief: .6 to 1.2 mEq/L

Lithium (li) levels must be monitored closely b/c the therapeutic level is close to the toxic level.
Toxicity symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, muscle weakness & kidney changes. Should be avoided in pregnancy. Li is processed by the kidneys (not liver). ½ life is 24 hours. Effective serum range is .6 to 1.2 meq/l. Toxic range starts at ~ 1.5 meq/l. Treatment for toxicity is supportive.

In brief: .6 to 1.2 mEq/L

Lithium (li) levels must be monitored closely b/c the therapeutic level is close to the toxic level.
Toxicity symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, muscle weakness & kidney changes. Should be avoided in pregnancy. Li is processed by the kidneys (not liver). ½ life is 24 hours. Effective serum range is .6 to 1.2 meq/l. Toxic range starts at ~ 1.5 meq/l. Treatment for toxicity is supportive.
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry

In brief: Lithium

Maintenance level 0.8-1.2 meq/L.

In brief: Lithium

Maintenance level 0.8-1.2 meq/L.
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