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Author: Dana Bartlett, RN, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI and Abimbola Farinde, PhD., PharmD

CE: 2.5 hours Pharmacology: 2.5 hours
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Course Summary

Lithium is an antimanic agent that causes mood stabilization in patients who have bipolar disorder. Lithium is effective for the treatment of manic episodes, and it is also a first-choice drug for maintenance treatment of bipolar disorder. The safe and effective use of lithium requires close monitoring of the patient symptoms and of the patient’s lithium levels, as well as a thorough understanding of the potential complications and adverse effects of lithium therapy.

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Course Syllabus

I.       Introduction
II.      Pharmacological Profile
1.        Category
2.        Mechanism of Action
3.        Drug Uses
4.        Dosing: Adult
5.        Dosing: Geriatric
6.        Dosing Adjustment: Hepatic Impairment
7.        Dosing Adjustment: Renal Impairment
8.        Available Forms
9.        Contraindications
10.      US Boxed Warning
11.      Warnings
12.      Adverse Effects
13.      Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
14.      Dietary Concerns
15.      Laboratory Tests and Lithium Levels
III.     Clinical Pearls: Lithium
1.        Lithium Overdose
2.        Lithium and Sleep
3.        Lithium and Aggression
IV.      Case Studies: Lithium
1.        Case Study 1: Aggression and Self-harming
2.        Case 2: Lithium Toxicity
V.       Summary


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