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The lithium paradox: increasing evidence, decreasing use

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Abstract


  • Objective

    The objective of this review highlight the place of lithium amidst the galaxy of medications used in the treatment of bipolar disorder and the accumulated evidence to support the rationale of lithium in taking up the pivotal position. In addition, this will also highlight the various factors that determine the prescription practices as relent in psychotropic medications, lithium in particular.

    Methods

    Selective literature review using the commonly available search engine (Medline, Psychinfo,embase) highlighting the objectives will be used.

    Results / Discussion

    Far more data are available to support the utility of lithium in the maintenance treatment

    of Bipolar disorder than for all the other commonly prescribed agents combined. Lithium is the

    prophylactic therapy against which all other novel therapies still are judged. There is a need to

    integrate new developments into standards of practice, such that the greater costs of the newer therapies to patients and society are realistically weighed against benefits, and the potential side effects of these therapies are minimized.: Although Lithium therapy is a lifelong experience for many patients with Bipolar Disorder, the frequency of its use has been on the decline due to unrelated factors.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Pai, N. B. (2017). The lithium paradox: increasing evidence, decreasing use. WPA XVII World Congress of Psychiatry (pp. 1-1).

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Abstract


  • Objective

    The objective of this review highlight the place of lithium amidst the galaxy of medications used in the treatment of bipolar disorder and the accumulated evidence to support the rationale of lithium in taking up the pivotal position. In addition, this will also highlight the various factors that determine the prescription practices as relent in psychotropic medications, lithium in particular.

    Methods

    Selective literature review using the commonly available search engine (Medline, Psychinfo,embase) highlighting the objectives will be used.

    Results / Discussion

    Far more data are available to support the utility of lithium in the maintenance treatment

    of Bipolar disorder than for all the other commonly prescribed agents combined. Lithium is the

    prophylactic therapy against which all other novel therapies still are judged. There is a need to

    integrate new developments into standards of practice, such that the greater costs of the newer therapies to patients and society are realistically weighed against benefits, and the potential side effects of these therapies are minimized.: Although Lithium therapy is a lifelong experience for many patients with Bipolar Disorder, the frequency of its use has been on the decline due to unrelated factors.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Pai, N. B. (2017). The lithium paradox: increasing evidence, decreasing use. WPA XVII World Congress of Psychiatry (pp. 1-1).

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