The Hunt For A Successor To Lithium As A Mood Stabilizer

Lithium Carbonate
Lithium Carbonate

Many of us are acutely aware of the toxicity problems and adverse side effects that result from taking lithium, the mainstay medication for treating bipolar disorder.  These negative side-effects are fostering a scientific hunt for insights into exactly how lithium works in the body — with an eye to developing a safer alternative. That’s the topic of the cover story in the current edition of Chemical & Engineering News – the weekly news magazine of the American Chemical Society.

For more details, you can read the Society’s press release here:

The hunt for a successor to lithium for bipolar disorder.

3 thoughts on “The Hunt For A Successor To Lithium As A Mood Stabilizer

  1. I took lithium for about 8 years until such time as it began degrading my kidney function. I lost roughly 20-25% of my function but it has stabilized since I switched to other medications (initially Depakote/Zoloft now Lamictal/Zoloft)

  2. Lamictal/lexapro/trazadone/evlive/ambien works for me. My Granddaughter is a 15 year old and is bi-polar. She is hospitalized now and her family is trying to shove God down her thoart. She doesn’t believe in God right now and is sick of her family brainwashing her. There is nothing I can do at the time, as they have shut me out, but be here for her.

  3. I’m bipolar II. I didn’t reach the point of declining kidney function, but I did experience weight gain and thyroid issues. (Hypothyroidism only adding to my depression and weight gain was super fun).

    But I’m now on lamictal and saphris, which are working pretty well for me. I’m not sure how well saphris would work for bipolar I folks, but it’s definitely an option I’d recommend looking into.

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