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How is lithium used to treat bipolar I disorder?

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Doctors have prescribed lithium for more than 60 years to treat bipolar disorder. Lithium can take weeks to work fully, making it better for maintenance treatment than for sudden manic episodes. While you take this medicine, you'll get blood tests to measure your lithium level and how well your kidneys and thyroid are working, in order to avoid side effects.

SOURCES:
Moore, D. Handbook of Medical Psychiatry, Mosby, 2004.
National Institute of Mental Health web site: "Bipolar Disorder." 
Medical News Today: "Study Identifies Predictors Of Bipolar Disorders Risk."
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise: "Bipolar Disorder -- What Increases Your Risk."
Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on April 14, 2020

SOURCES:
Moore, D. Handbook of Medical Psychiatry, Mosby, 2004.
National Institute of Mental Health web site: "Bipolar Disorder." 
Medical News Today: "Study Identifies Predictors Of Bipolar Disorders Risk."
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise: "Bipolar Disorder -- What Increases Your Risk."
Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on April 14, 2020

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