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Lithium Capsules

If you have bipolar disorder, your healthcare provider may prescribe lithium (Eskalith®, Eskalith CR®, Lithobid®) to help treat manic episodes. There are currently several different forms of lithium: capsules, tablets, extended-release tablets, and a syrup. The medication is typically taken two to four times a day (depending on the lithium dosage and the particular product).
 
The exact way in which lithium works to treat bipolar disorder is not known. The drug may affect various chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters, which could explain its effectiveness in treating manic episodes. However, the medication is not a cure for the condition; it only helps to control symptoms.
 
You should talk to your healthcare provider before using any lithium products if you have kidney disease, low sodium levels in your blood, heart disease, or any allergies (including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives).
 
(Click Lithium for more information on when and how to take lithium capsules, to find out what side effects may occur with the use of this medication, and to learn more about the drug's effects.)
 
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