Lithium (Eskalith®, Eskalith CR®, Lithobid®) is a prescription medicine approved for the treatment of bipolar disorder. Although most people respond well to this medication, you may want to consider a lithium substitute if you experience any side effects during treatment or do not see an improvement in symptoms.
For the treatment of bipolar disorder, "mood-stabilizing" medications (such as lithium) are generally prescribed. Other medications are added when necessary, typically for shorter periods, to treat episodes of mania or depression that break through despite the mood stabilizer. These other medications may include atypical antipsychotics and first-generation antipsychotics.
Since there are so many different types of bipolar medication to choose from, it is important to consult your healthcare provider to find the best lithium substitute for your particular situation.
(Click Bipolar Medications for more information about the various types of medications available for treating bipolar disorder, including medications for children, adolescents, and women who want to conceive.)