Lithium (Medication)

Lithium (Medication)

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Lithium pharmacology refers to use of the lithium ion, Li+, as a drug. A number of chemical salts of lithium are used medically as a mood stabilizing drug, primarily in the treatment of bipolar disorder, where they have a role in the treatment of depression and particularly of mania, both acutely and in the long term. As a mood stabilizer, lithium is probably more effective in preventing mania than depression, and may reduce the risk of suicide in certain bipolar patients. In depression alone (unipolar disorder) lithium can be used to augment other antidepressants. Lithium carbonate (Li2CO3), sold under several trade names, is the most commonly prescribed, while the citrate salt lithium citrate is also used in conventional pharmacological treatments. (Li3C6H5O7), the sulfate salt lithium sulfate (Li2SO4) have been presented as alternatives. Lithium orotate (orotic acid) is sometimes marketed as a "safe" natural alternative with fewer side-effects than conventional lithium, yet caution must be taken with all of the active lithium salts.show more

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  • Paperback | 92 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 6mm | 145g
  • Claud Press
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 6136767198
  • 9786136767192