Tag Archives: Lithobid

Chronic Illness: Current Therapies

The main goal of bipolar disorder drug treatment is to establish euthymia (stable mood with a persistent sense of well-being) without inducing mania or rapid cycling (i.e., four or more mood episodes in a 12-month period). For this reason, drug treatment usually consists of an agent or, more frequently, combinations of agents that exert both… Read More »

Loading Dose Strategies For Lithium And Valproate

Loading dose strategies provide important treatment interventions for conditions in which rapid medicating is necessary to prevent significant morbidity or mortality. Thus, in mania, which can progress rapidly to severe impairment, agitation, and even delirium, the ability to load mood-stabilizing medication to rapidly achieve therapeutic serum levels could significantly reduce disability. Loading dose strategies have… Read More »

Use of Mood Stabilizers in Treating Bipolar Disorder

The goal of treatment with mood stabilizers is to keep your mood within a normal range. While experts often use the term mood to refer to treatments for bipolar disorder, the term mood stabilizer is not a precisely defined scientific term. There is general agreement among experts that lithium (e.g., Eskalith and Lithobid), valproate (Depakote),… Read More »

Electroconvulsive Therapy And Other Brain Stimulating Technologies

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a established electrical stimulating technique employed in the treatment of severe mood disorders. An electrical current, applied to the skull, simulates a seizure, believed to bring about electroconvulsive therapy therapeutic effects. The use of ECT in children and adolescents is controversial, and in certain states in the Union, this treatment intervention… Read More »

Mood Stabilizers

Mood Stabilizers: Side Effects Weller, Kloos, Hitchcock, and Weller (2005) question whether lithium and antiepileptic agents are safe for use in children. They also remind physicians that except for lithium, which is only approved for use in children over 12 years of age, none of the other anticonvulsants are approved for use in childhood. The… Read More »