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Lithium Oral

Lithium (Eskalith®, Eskalith CR®, Lithobid®) is a prescription medicine often used to treat manic episodes in people with bipolar disorder. There are currently several different forms of lithium: oral liquid, tablets, extended-release tablets, and capsules. The drug is typically taken two to four times a day, depending on the lithium dosage and the particular product.
At this time, it is not known exactly how the medication works. Lithium may affect various chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters, which could explain its effectiveness in treating bipolar disorder. Although the drug is not a cure for the condition, it can help control symptoms and help prevent relapses.
A number of side effects have been reported with lithium. In clinical studies, some of the most common side effects that were seen with the drug include diarrhea, loss of appetite, drowsiness, and nausea or vomiting.
(Click Lithium for more information about the uses, effects, dosing guidelines, and warnings and precautions of this medication.)
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