Ask the Editor: Should You Prescribe Lithium to Suicidal Patients?
The Carlat Psychiatry Report, Volume 17, Number 3, March 2019
Chris Aiken, MD.
Editor-in-Chief of The Carlat Psychiatry Report. Practicing psychiatrist, Winston-Salem, NC.
Dr. Aiken has disclosed that he has no relevant financial or other interests in any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.
It would seem intuitive, then, that withholding lithium, which is toxic in overdose, from a suicidal patient is a safe move. However, intuition doesn’t match up with the evidence here.