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Re: Cheap meds that help control mania? rskontos

Posted by rina on September 22, 2007, at 12:26:33

In reply to Re: Cheap meds that help control mania?, posted by rskontos on September 22, 2007, at 10:36:21

I've never taken it but it has been known to be the gold standard for acute mania.

Here's some info I found on a website:
Assess renal and thyroid function before initiating
ECG before initiating
Avoid NSAIDs and diuretics
Maintain uniform salt intake
Monitor serum levels periodically
Measure 1012 hr after last dose
Measure 45 days after last dosage change
Monitor BUN, serum creatinine, TSH every 6 mo
Side effects: cognitive slowing, nausea, diarrhea, polyuria, polydipsia, weight gain, tremor, metallic taste in the mouth
Dose: lithium carbonate
Initial: 300 mg t.i.d. or 450 mg b.i.d.
Maintenance: 9001,800 mg/day
Therapeutic blood level: 0.81.2 mEq/L
Cost/mo: $38
http://www.acpmedicine.com/dxrx/dxrx1302.htm


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