More than 66 years from the breakthrough of identifying lithium salts as having antimanic and prophylactic efficacy, modern research serves to further substantiate lithium's position at the front-line in the treatment of bipolar disorder. This presentation will focus on the optimal management of lithium side effects since these may underlie lithium's decreased utilization. Common side effects, such as nausea, tremor, and polyuria, can be managed. Potential toxicities, such as renal, thyroid, and parathyroid, are also major sources of concern, and proper management and treatment strategies will also be discussed.
**This content was captured at the 2018 APA Annual Meeting and may reference information from various sources and terminology from previous editions of the DSM.
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- Evaluate and manage treatment and monitoring plans for patients selected for lithium therapy
- Describe the efficacy of lithium for both treament of acute mood episodes and for prevention of mood episodes
- Review the common side effects of lithium and ways in which side effect burden can be minimized
- Discuss the prevention and treatment of lithium intoxication
Estimated Time to Complete
Estimated Duration: 30 minutes
Begin Date: June 17, 2019
End Date: June 17, 2022
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Faculty and Planner Disclosures
- Michael J. Gitlin, M.D., Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Director of the Mood Disorders Clinic, UCLA, David Geffen School of Medicine. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Tristan Gorrindo, M.D., Director of Education, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Ally Brown, Senior Program Manager, Online Learning, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
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