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Lithium 300 mg

Lithium (Eskalith®, Eskalith CR®, Lithobid®) is a medicine commonly prescribed to treat bipolar disorder in adults and children over the age of 12. There are currently several different forms and strengths available for this medication, 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 dose for acute mania is 600 mg three times daily (which can be taken as two lithium 300 mg tablets, two 300 mg capsules, one 600 mg capsule, or two teaspoonfuls of the syrup). For extended-release lithium tablets, the recommended starting dose is 900 mg twice daily.
(Click Lithium Dosage for more detailed lithium dosing information, including dosing guidelines for the long-term control of bipolar disorder symptoms.)
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