Lithium 150 mg
Lithium (Eskalith®, Eskalith CR®, Lithobid®) is a medication used for the treatment of bipolar disorder. It is available by prescription only and comes in several different forms and strengths, including:
- Lithium carbonate 150 mg capsules
- Lithium carbonate 300 mg capsules (Eskalith)
- Lithium carbonate 600 mg capsules
- Lithium carbonate 300 mg tablets
- Lithium carbonate 300 mg extended-release tablets (Lithobid)
- Lithium carbonate 450 mg extended-release tablets (Eskalith CR)
- Lithium citrate syrup, containing 8 mEq lithium per 5 mL, which is equivalent to 300 mg lithium carbonate per 5 mL or per teaspoonful.
The recommended starting lithium dosage for acute mania is 600 mg three times a day. For extended-release tablets, the recommended starting dose is 900 mg twice daily.
Although a higher dosage is necessary to control the severe symptoms of mania, a much lower dose is needed for maintenance treatment. Maintenance can be thought of as long-term control of bipolar disorder symptoms. If you do not have severe symptoms when starting lithium, your healthcare provider may recommend starting with a low dose (such as lithium 150 mg capsules) and slowly increasing it while frequently checking the level of lithium in the blood.
(Click Lithium Dosage for more information about lithium 150 mg and the various other strengths, to find out what your healthcare provider will consider before making any dosing recommendations, and for tips on using this medication.)