Lithium Carbonate Drug Information
In 1970, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved lithium carbonate, a naturally occurring element, for the treatment of bipolar disorder. Lithium is sold under many brand names, including Eskalith®, Eskalith CR®, and Lithobid®.
Specifically, lithium is approved to treat manic episodes, but not depressive episodes. It is also approved as a "maintenance treatment," which is a long-term treatment to help prevent episodes of mania or depression. Although the drug cannot cure bipolar disorder, it can help to control the symptoms.
Prior to beginning treatment with lithium carbonate, review the drug's safety info with your healthcare provider. This product can react with other medications, so your healthcare provider needs a complete list of all other medicines you are taking. He or she also needs to know about any other medical conditions you have, such as kidney or heart disease, low sodium levels, or any allergies.
(Click Lithium for more information, including potential side effects and dosing tips to help you get the most out of each dose.)