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06 Apr 2006

Lithium
What exactly does lithium do? What is it and how is it supposed to help a person. Does it help?
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Lithium is a chemical that has been used for many years now, as a mood stabilizer. In many people it helps to stabilize the mood swings of bipolar disorder very effectively. I think a sadly common problem in SA is that too many doctors seem to do what they should NEVER do, and prescribe it without doing the required blood tests. We ae fortunate in that Lithium is a rather simple chemical , quite easily measured in the blood, and proper testing in the first weeks of treatment, and varying the dose accordingly, can establish the right blood levels --- too low and it has no benefits ; too high and it has toxic effects like nausea. It is never competent for a doc to prescribe Lithium without arranging for the right blood tests to establish the right dose for this person.
It has an excellent chance of helping you, and is worth trying --- with the tests !
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