Who Makes Lithobid?
The medication is made by JDS Pharmaceuticals.
How Does It Work?
Lithium (the active ingredient of Lithobid) is a naturally occurring element, like sodium or calcium
. In the 1800s, scientists thought that lithium might work for treating gout, although it was found to be ineffective for this use. Later, in the 1940s, lithium was used as a salt substitute, until it was withdrawn from the market due to several deaths caused by lithium toxicity
. Later, it was discovered that the drug works for mania. In 1970, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved lithium for treating bipolar
The exact way in which Lithobid works to treat bipolar disorder is not known. It is thought that it may affect various chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters, which could explain the effectiveness of the medication for treating bipolar disorder. Lithobid is not a cure for bipolar disorder, however. It only helps to control symptoms (see Bipolar Disorder Symptoms)