Effects of Lithium
People with bipolar disorder may benefit from the prescription drug lithium (Eskalith®, Eskalith CR®, Lithobid®). There are many beneficial effects of lithium. For example, the medication has been shown to be effective at treating manic episodes. It can also be used as a long-term treatment to prevent episodes of mania or depression.
Although it is not known exactly how lithium works, it is believed to affect certain chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters. This could explain its effectiveness in treating bipolar disorder. It is important to know that lithium is not a cure for the mental illness; it can only control symptoms of the condition.
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