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Practical Guide to Lithium Therapy and Management of Side Effects

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  • On Demand


Release Date: 6/17/2019

Expiration Date: 6/17/2022

  • AMA PRA Category 1: 0.5
  • Participation: 0.5

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Overview

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.

Pricing

FREE - $0

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by Grant No. 1H79SM080818-01 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. (Effective August 1, 2019)

Learning Objectives

  • 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

Target Audience

Psychiatrists, Residents/Fellows

Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 30 minutes
Begin Date: June 17, 2019
End Date: June 17, 2022

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course including the evaluation. A multiple choice quiz is provided based on the content. A passing score of 100% must be achieved. Retakes are available for the test. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (non-physicians) showing the completion date and hours earned. 

Continuing Education Credit

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The APA designates this enduring CME activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

Presenter

  • 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.

Program Planners

  • 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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