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What does lithium do to help treat bipolar disorder mania?

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Lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid) is the drug used and studied longest for treating bipolar disorder. It helps make mania less severe and more rare. And it may also help relieve or prevent bipolar depression.

Studies show that lithium can lower the risk of suicide among people with bipolar disorder. It also helps prevent future manic episodes. Doctors may prescribe it for long periods of time as maintenance therapy.

SOURCES: American Psychiatric Association: Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Patients With Bipolar Disorder, 2002.  Cleveland Clinic Foundation: "Your Guide to Electroconvulsive Therapy."  , 2000. Ghaziuddin, N.  , December 2004. Kahn, D. , April 2000. Kowatch, R.  , March 2005. Medscape: "Long-term Management of Bipolar Disorder: Psychopharmacologic Management." National Institute for Mental Health: "Bipolar Disorder booklet, 2001." , 326: 1363-1367.  The Expert Consensus Guideline Series: Medication Treatment of Bipolar Disorder 2000, A Postgraduate Medicine Special Report, April 2007.









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Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on September 09, 2016

SOURCES: American Psychiatric Association: Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Patients With Bipolar Disorder, 2002.  Cleveland Clinic Foundation: "Your Guide to Electroconvulsive Therapy."  , 2000. Ghaziuddin, N.  , December 2004. Kahn, D. , April 2000. Kowatch, R.  , March 2005. Medscape: "Long-term Management of Bipolar Disorder: Psychopharmacologic Management." National Institute for Mental Health: "Bipolar Disorder booklet, 2001." , 326: 1363-1367.  The Expert Consensus Guideline Series: Medication Treatment of Bipolar Disorder 2000, A Postgraduate Medicine Special Report, April 2007.









Clinician ReviewsJournal of the American Academy of Child Adolescent PsychiatryPostgraduate Medical Special ReportJournal of the American Academy of Child Adolescent PsychiatryBritish Medical Journal

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on September 09, 2016

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