What is Lithium?

Lithium Orotate, a natural helper with depression, a Sun element.



Warning! The substance and medication with the same name is a chemical and requires medical prescription and supervision. Here is especially, why, if you have but little control over your medicating habit, you should not, or only under strict supervision opt for treating any of your psychic conditions with Lithium.
The following is about the chemical medical use of the metal Lithium mostly in reference with the diagnoses manic-depression or bipolar disorder.

Please regard this information if you happen to be prescribed Lithium by your psychiatrist:

The dirty secret of lithium is that no two preparations are equivalent, and that the serum level can mean many different things. Some research from 1994 says that lithium pills from different pharactical companies can have totally different bioavailability:


Bioavailability refers to the fraction of the ingested dose that reaches the blood stream. It can sometimes also refer to the rate at which the bioavailable dose reaches the blood stream. For example, one extended release pill might have a fairly flat time versus serum level curve. An imeadiate release pill might have a very peaked curve, reminicient of the exponential decay curve. Another immeadiate release pill might be between those two extremes. All of this means that the bioavailability of the pills, the rate at which the serum level changes, and the time at which the serum level is taken, can influence the lithium blood test.

This is not just academic. I have recently encoutered this problem in trying to swich from a foreign lithium pill to a domestic lithium pill (after moving back to the US). After taking the domestic extended release pills, I experienced what appeared to be overdose symptoms. Astonishingly, this occured at the same dose of the domestic pill as I had been taking of the foreign pills. The only explanation that I know of for this is that the bioavailability of the two pills are different, and that perhaps even the shape of the serum level versus time curve is different (perhpas flatter for the foreign pill and more peaked for the domestic pill).

Many thanks to the source. Blessings, Fabijenna


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