- What other names is Lithium known by?
- What is Lithium?
- How does Lithium work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Lithium.
Lithium is used for mental illnesses, including bipolar disorder, depression, and schizophrenia; for eating disorders, including anorexia and bulimia; and for blood disorders, including anemia and low white-cell count (neutropenia).
Lithium is also used for headache, alcoholism, epilepsy, diabetes, liver disease, kidney disorders, arthritis, a skin condition called seborrhea, and overactive thyroid. Other uses include treatment of asthma, Huntington's disease, Graves' disease, herpes simplex, a movement disorder called tardive dyskinesia, Tourette's syndrome, cyclical vomiting, Meniere's disease, a tingling or "crawling" sensation in the skin (paresthesias), and aggressive behavior in people with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
- Bipolar disorder (manic-depressive disorder).
Likely Effective for...
- Major depression.
Possibly Effective for...
- Schizophrenia and related mental disorders. Lithium is usually used in combination with antipsychotic drugs when it is used for these disorders. However, sometimes lithium is given alone.
- Impulsive aggressive behavior associated with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Alcohol dependence.
- Blood cell disorders.
- Other conditions.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
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