Lithium treatment is most commonly used to reduce the severity of mania. It is also used to help treat people with bipolar disorder and hyperactivity disorder. Lithium works on the person’s central nervous system and strengthens the nerve cell connections in their brain that controls and regulates their mood, behavior and thinking. Lithium is not a drug that a person would typically get high off of or try to abuse, since it’s a mood stabilizer. When a person is unaware of it’s high toxicity and does try to get high off of it, it can become fatal.
Here we are going to discuss the different reasons why your doctor would treat you or your loved one with a lithium treatment.
Bipolar disorder is a manic depression that causes drastic shifts in your mood, thinking, behavior and energy. You will experience highs and lows very fast that can last for days, weeks or even months at a time. Bipolar is a disorder that can destroy families, relationships and disrupt your daily life. Most doctors treat bipolar with a lithium treatment and usually combined with other medications to help with other bipolar symptoms.
Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that makes it difficult to understand what is real and what is unreal. When you suffer from this disorder you will have a rough time being able to manage your emotions and relate to others. Schizophrenia isn’t as rare as many think. Chances of a person getting it are 1 in 100. Thankfully, schizophrenia is treatable and can be successfully managed. Many doctors will treat schizophrenia with a lithium treatment in conjunction with other medicines such as Haldol, Zyprexa, Risperdal and Thorazine. The lithium treatment is only used for the mood swings that can be involved with schizophrenia.
Seborrheic dermatitis is a skin condition that can cause dry, itchy and red scaly skin. This is most commonly is found on adolescents and adults on the gland rich areas of the skin. There are several different treatments that a doctor may prescribe that have sebo-suppressive or keratolytic ingredients in them but a lithium treatment is also used. Lithium gluconate 8% is a gel form medication that helps the increase in the production of white blood cells in the bone marrow. When there is a low rate of white blood cells, it could be an indicator of leukopenia being present.
If you or a loved one has been prescribed by your doctor to start taking a lithium treatment, it is important that you speak to them about the side effects that could occur and the toxicity of this drug. If you accidentally or intentionally take an excessive amount of lithium, you could experience some life threatening side effects. Some include seizures asthenia, confusion, lethargy and coma. It is important to understand the medication you are taking and the proper amount for your body type and situation.