Tuesday, January 31, 2012

About Bipolar Disorder: Lithium Toxicity

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From Marcia Purse, your Guide to Bipolar Disorder
In her address at the 2010 conference of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, Kay Redfield Jamison said that lithium is prescribed less than it should be because it's inexpensive, and all too often drug companies are still paying kickbacks to doctors for prescribing their more expensive mood stabilizers. If she's right, it's a shame, as lithium has been shown to work well for both mania and depression. And if you or someone you care about is taking lithium, it is essential to be aware of potential problems.

Lithium Toxicity
The window between the therapeutic dose of lithium and the toxic dose is almost vanishingly small. This means it's vital to know the symptoms of lithium poisoning and to make sure you're being tested regularly. Read more...

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