Treatment: Lithium

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Lithium is an element that is used as a medication that helps to stabilize moods. Lithium is used to treat a number of mental illnesses. Lithium is an antimanic agent drug, and it reduces the brain's abnormal activities. Lithium helps regulate moods by changing the way that sodium flows in the body's muscle and nerve cells. Sodium can impact manic episodes and excitement. Lithium may be used to manage and help prevent manic episodes in people who have bipolar disorder. Lithium may also be used to manage depression along with antidepressant medication. There are a number of brand-name versions of lithium, including Lithobid, Eskalith, and Eskalith CR. Lithium is available as an extended-release tablet, capsule, tablet, and liquid.

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Last updated on Jul 11 2012 at 20:54
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