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Lithium: Antimanic and Off-label Uses

Author: Abimbola Farinde, PhD., PharmD, Kellie Wilson, PharmD

CE: 2 hours Pharmacology: 2 hours
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Course Summary

Lithium is well-known as an antimanic agent and is administered for mood stabilization in patients diagnosed with bipolar disorder. More recently, Lithium’s use has been recognized off-label as an adjuvant treatment for other behavior and conditions other than for manic episodes. A thorough understanding of lithium therapy, monitoring requirements of patient symptoms and of recommended lithium serum levels, and of the potential complications is crucial to ensure patient awareness of symptoms and compliance, especially in patients with comorbidities and who are elderly.

Course Format

Homestudy

Course Syllabus

I.    Introduction

II.    Lithium Treatment

1. Bipolar Disorder
2. Lithium and Circadian Rhythm
3. Lithium and Aggression

III.    Lithium Side Effects and Adverse Outcomes

IV.    Case Study: Lithium Toxicity

V.    Summary

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