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When and How to Take Lithium

The following are some general considerations for when and how to take lithium:
  • The medication comes in several different forms, including regular tablets, extended-release tablets, capsules, and a syrup. It is taken by mouth, usually two to four times a day, depending on the lithium dosage and the particular product.
  • You can take lithium with or without food. If the medication bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
  • Extended-release tablets (Lithobid) should not be chewed, crushed, or broken. They should be swallowed whole.
  • Lithium should be taken at the same times each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Lithium will not work if you stop taking it.

Dosing Information

The dose of lithium your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • How you respond to the medication
  • The particular product being used
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Other medications you may be taking.
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Lithium Dosage for more information.)
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