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Lithium Episodes

Living Well with Lithium

October 5, 2020 | Podcasts

A special edition for patients. Lithium is one of the most effective medications for bipolar and depression, but many of its marvels have remained obscure. Lithium has never benefited from a pharmaceutical ad (because it’s a mineral, not a medicine), so we’ve stepped in to fill that gap. Published On: 10/5/20 Duration: 23 minutes, 53 seconds Ro


Lithium vs. Coronavirus

September 21, 2020 | Podcasts

Half a dozen research papers suggest that lithium’s anti-viral properties may extend to the coronavirus. But the idea is far from tested, and patients with coronavirus are also at higher risk for lithium toxicity. We also touch on a safer and simpler way to prevent COVID-19: Vitamin D. How to order vitamin D: Vitamin D, 25-Hydroxy (Diagnostic code=E


How to Minimize Lithium's Side Effects

September 7, 2020 | Podcasts

Nausea, tremor, cognition, and renal function. We bring you our top tips for managing these side effects, including when to use instant release vs. controlled release and how to optimize the serum level for patient safety. Published On: 9/7/2020 Duration: 20 minutes, 30 seconds Transcript: Lithium. The word conjures up thoughts of toxicity, danger


Lithium and Cognition: The Largest Study to Date [60 Second Psych]

August 12, 2020 | Podcasts

This study is the largest longitudinal study of cognition in lithium to date. Katherine Burdick and colleagues started with 262 patients with bipolar I – 64% were taking lithium [Link]. They made two key measurements, with the main limitation that neither were controlled. Here's the findings. Published On: 8/12/2020 Duration: 2 minutes, 49 s


Unexpected Results on Lithium and the Kidneys

July 3, 2020 | Podcasts

This week we’re podcasting from the International Society for Bipolar Disorders 2020 conference, where we’ve been scouring the virtual halls for all that is practical and newsworthy. The yield is high so tune in for a new episode every day. Today, a poster presentation from the Mayo Clinic challenges conventional wisdom about whether to stop lithi


Can You Stop the Thyroid Med after Stopping Lithium? [60 Sec Psych]

June 17, 2020 | Podcasts

Hypothyrodism is fairly common on lithium, affecting about 14-17% of patients. Subclinical hypothyroidism is twice as common, and the risk is greater in the elderly. We know what to do about it ─ start thyroid supplement ─ but what hasn’t been clear is whether we should continue that supplement if lithium is stopped. Lieber I, Ott M, Öhlund L, et