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Lithium dosing

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Lorie Carter, Monica Zolezzi, Andrea Lewczyk
OBJECTIVE: Despite several decades of research, there is still uncertainty regarding the optimal lithium dosage regimen associated with a decreased risk of renal effects, such as polyuria, in patients with bipolar affective disorder. We present an updated review of the literature to provide an informed dosing regimen recommendation for prescribers. METHOD: Major databases MEDLINE and Embase were searched using terms, such as lithium, drug administration schedule, dose-response relationship, once daily, twice daily, and sustained release...
October 2013: Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. Revue Canadienne de Psychiatrie
Lokesh Kumar Singh, S Haque Nizamie, Sayeed Akhtar, Samir Kumar Praharaj
Lithium has been proved to be highly efficacious in the treatment of bipolar affective disorder, though a narrow therapeutic index and a high incidence of troublesome side effects often leads to poor compliance in patients. Therefore, there is a need to explore treatment strategies to improve the efficacy and side effect profile of lithium. We compared the efficacy and side effect profile of a once-daily versus twice-daily dosing schedule of lithium in mania. Eighty-three manic patients according to International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Diagnostic Criteria for Research, giving informed consent were randomly allocated to receive regular lithium carbonate once daily or twice daily...
July 2011: American Journal of Therapeutics
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