Lithium Associated Hypothyroidism May Be Reversible

Peter Forster Bipolar Treatment, Physical Conditions and Health Leave a Comment

People who develop hypothyroidism while using the mood stabilizer lithium may return to normal thyroid function after the drug is discontinued, according to a study in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. Hypothyroidism—a condition in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone—has long been known to be associated with the use of lithium. Recent studies have clarified the nature of this association. …

Lithium Long Term Risks

Peter Forster Bipolar Treatment

Elsewhere we have talked about accumulating evidence that suggests that lithium may have significant long-term beneficial effects for brain function and health in people with bipolar. A recent article in the British journal the Lancet reminds us that lithium remains a medication that requires close monitoring and which has the potential to cause rare but significant adverse effects on kidney, …