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Lithium

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI
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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 also effective for treating mild to moderate manic episodes, and it is a first-choice drug for maintenance treatment of bipolar disorder. The safe and effective use of lithium requires close monitoring of the patient and the patient’s lithium levels, as well as a thorough understanding of the potential complications and adverse effects of lithium therapy.

Course Format

Homestudy

Course Syllabus

I.              Introduction

II.           Pharmacological Profile

1.         Category

2.         Mechanism of Action

3.         Drug Uses

4.         Off-label Use

5.         Dosing: Adult

6.         Dosing: Geriatric

7.         Dosing Adjustment: Hepatic Impairment

8.         Dosing Adjustment: Rental Impairment

9.         Available Forms

10.     Contraindications

11.     US Boxed Warning

12.     Warnings

13.     Adverse Effects

14.     Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

15.     Dietary Concerns

16.     Laboratory Tests and Lithium Levels

III.        Clinical Pearls: Lithium Level

1.   Lithium and Sleep

2.   Lithium and Aggression

IV.         Lithium Overdose

1.   Treatment of Overdose

V.            Case Studies: Lithium

1.   Case I: Aggression and Self-harming

2.   Case I: Discussion

3.   Case 2: Lithium Toxicity

4.   Case 2: Discussion

VI.         Summary

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