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Lithium Monitoring and Toxicity

Lithium Monitoring and Toxicity

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Power Point Slide show of history of lithium used in Bipolar disorder. Side effect and signs of toxicity.
Power Point Slide show of history of lithium used in Bipolar disorder. Side effect and signs of toxicity.

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Published by: Linda on Apr 28, 2009
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Lithium –mood stabilizerfor bipolar disorder
Compiled by Linda StonemanApril 2009
Lithium overview, lithium monitoring andprotocol to help prevent toxicity
 
Lithium history
Lithium discovered by Swedish Chemist – Johan Arfredsonin 1817.Lithium is element no. 3 in the periodictable –a soft silvery metal.Lithium is used as lithium salts includinglithium carbonate, lithium citrate andlithium orotate.
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Lithium uses and origins
Used as a mood stabilizer in the treatmentof bipolar disorder.Lithium must be used carefully as thedosages used for the treatment in humansis only slightly lower than toxic amounts.Blood levels should be carefullymonitored. Therapeutic levels rangebetween 0.4 to 0.8 mmol/l. Toxic rangeusually 1.5 mmol/l, but may begin at 1.0.

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