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How is lithium used to treat bipolar II disorder?

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This simple metal in pill form is highly effective at controlling mood swings (particularly highs) in bipolar disorder. Doctors have prescribed lithium for more than 60 years to treat bipolar disorder. Lithium can take weeks to work fully, so it's better for long-term treatment than for short bouts of hypomania. If you take this medicine, you'll need to get blood tests to check your lithium level and other lab tests (such as kidney and thyroid functioning) now and then to avoid side effects.

From: Bipolar II Disorder WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Moore, D. 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."



Handbook of Medical Psychiatry,

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on November 07, 2017

SOURCES: Moore, D. 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."



Handbook of Medical Psychiatry,

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on November 07, 2017

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