Lithium continues to be highly recommended in international guidelines for the pharmacotherapy of bipolar disorder, but worldwide usage by clinicians seems less frequent than expected. This may be due to a lack of appreciation of the strength of the evidence base favoring lithium use, but also, studies show high discontinuation rates in patients started on lithium, and clinical experience may be similar, leading to a reluctance to initiate prescriptions. The side effect burden of lithium is considerable, and clinicians may not be up to date on reasonable strategies for managing the side effects. This presentation reviews the advantages and disadvantages of lithium as a treatment in bipolar disorder in children and discusses the major side effects and how they can be optimally managed.
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- Discuss the latest evidences regarding the benefit of using lithium to treat bipolar disorder in children
- Identify the risks and side effects of using lithium in the pediatric population
- Describe strategies for minimizing lithium’s long-term renal damage in children and adolescents
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Begin Date: May 1, 2018
End Date: December 31, 2020
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