Lithium as a mood stabilizer should not be used by

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Lithium as a mood stabilizer should not be used by people who have kidney problems as well as those who have a history of cardiac, thyroid, and seizure problems. Furthermore, research has shown that long-term side effects of lithium may result in diminished thyroid function known as hypothyroidism. This has the effect of decreased movements, depressed mood and weight gain. Also, while using lithium, a person may be faced with a situation of medical interactions. There are some medications, meant to treat other illnesses that may interact with lithium resulting into increased lithium blood levels which may be detrimental to the health of the patient. Ibuprofen, naproxen, diuretics, SSRI antidepressants, some blood pressure medications and the antibiotic metronidazole consists of a list of medications that can interact with lithium compounds resulting in severe side effects. Anti-seizure medication : Also known as anti-convulsants, this medication was first designed to counter epilepsy that was more rampant at the time of its discovery. But with time, they have found wide usage as anti-depressants because of the positive effects they have continuously shown towards countering the signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder. What makes them even more useful is that they can be used in severe treatment and even the prevention of further occurrences of bipolar disorders. The most commonly prescribed antiseizure treatments include; valproate, carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine, and lamotrigine. Carbamazepine : it has been available for quite some time now and is known to be effective in a wide category of bipolar illness and in both euphoric and mixed manic episodes. Nonetheless, there is need for a person under this medication to have periodic blood tests because it has the sides effects of causing sedation and the often rare risk of bone marrow suppression and liver inflammation (Kahn et al., 2000). There is also the need for its usage to be
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BIPOLAR DISORDER 11 closely monitored because of the possible complications it may bring about when combined with other chemical medications. Lamotrigine: A relatively new medication in the market, recent research has come to the conclusion that it can be applied as a mood stabilizer particularly since it can be quite useful for the depressed phase of bipolar disorder. However, one outstanding risk of usage of this medication is that 3 out of 1000 individuals are bound to develop very severe rashes. The risk of this side effect can significantly be reduced if the medication is used in a series of slowly continued increase in the dosage. Apart from the risk of severe rashes, this medication can have some other not too significant side effects of dizziness, headaches, and difficult with vision.
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  • Spring '16
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