Lithium carbonate is available as regular tablets and modified release (brand names include Priadel, Camcolit and Liskonium). Lithium citrate comes as a liquid and common brands include Priadel and Li-Liquid.
What are some brand names of lithium?
Lithium is available under the following different brand names: Eskalith, and Lithobid.
What is lithium carbonate used for?
This medication is used to treat manic-depressive disorder (bipolar disorder). It works to stabilize the mood and reduce extremes in behavior by restoring the balance of certain natural substances (neurotransmitters) in the brain.
Is lithium carbonate over the counter?
Lithium orotate is non-prescription, and available over-the-counter like many other nutritional supplements. It is considered safe, even by the FDA, and we have not seen any problems arise when used in the recommended doses.
What are the long term side effects of lithium carbonate?
With long-term use, lithium can cause chronic tubulo-interstitial nephritis, which is characterized by a decrease in the glomerular filtration rate (GFR) and may lead to chronic kidney disease (lithium nephropathy) (97, 98).
What drugs should not be taken with lithium?
The most commonly prescribed drugs that have the potential to interact with lithium are ACE inhibitors, angiotensin II receptor antagonists (sartans), diuretics, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
What is the generic name of lithium?
Is there a generic version of lithium? Lithium, or lithium carbonate, is the generic name of the drug. It is also sold by the brand names Lithobid or Eskalith.
What time of day should lithium be taken?
You will usually take your lithium once a day, at night. This is because when you have your regular blood test, you need to have it 12 hours after taking your medicine. You can choose when you take your lithium – just try to keep to the same time every day.
How long can you stay on lithium?
If you have bipolar disorder, you may be offered lithium for a longer period, to prevent or reduce your risk of relapse. Your doctor may suggest that you commit to taking lithium for at least six months, possibly longer. This is because it can take some time to make sure the medication is working effectively.
Does lithium affect bowel movements?
Gastrointestinal side effects: nausea and diarrhea
Diarrhea increases in prevalence in patients through the first 6 months of treatment and is normally associated with lithium toxicity.
Why is lithium being discontinued?
Results. Of 873 patients treated with lithium, 54% discontinued lithium, corresponding to 561 episodes of lithium discontinuation. In 62% of episodes, lithium was discontinued due to adverse effects, in 44% due to psychiatric reasons, and in 12% due to physical reasons interfering with lithium treatment.
Is lithium an SSRI?
Sertraline is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant that increases levels of serotonin, helping the brain to maintain mental stability.
Bipolar II Depression: Lithium, SSRI, or the Combination.
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Bipolar Disorder Depression||Drug: Sertraline Drug: Lithium carbonate||Phase 3|
What family does lithium belong to?
alkali metals group
Lithium is a soft, silvery-white, metal that heads group 1, the alkali metals group, of the periodic table of the elements.
Is lithium carbonate a psychotropic medication?
Lithium remains the single most effective psychotropic agent in all of psychiatry and has applications in the treatment of bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder. Referral to a psychopharmacologist trained in the use of lithium may be warranted for patients with bipolar disorder and severe depressive disease.
Is lithium carbonate an antidepressant?
Is lithium a proven treatment for depression? Lithium does have a strong clinical track record as an effective treatment for bipolar depression. Specifically, over 300 studies in a clinical review showed that lithium use notably suppressed suicide attempts and suicides in study participants.
What are the dangers of lithium carbonate?
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: diarrhea, vomiting, unsteady walk, confusion, trouble speaking, blurred vision, severe hand trembling (coarse tremor), vision changes (such as growing blind spot, vision loss), joint swelling/pain, muscle weakness, pain/discoloration of finger
What mental illness does lithium treat?
It’s used to treat mood disorders such as: mania (feeling highly excited, overactive or distracted) hypo-mania (similar to mania, but less severe) regular periods of depression, where treatment with other medicines has not worked.