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Lithium

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Also known as: [Often referred to by brand name (see MedlinePlus Drug Information)]
Formal name: Lithium

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At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To measure lithium levels in the blood in order to determine the therapeutic level when just starting lithium medication; to maintain the therapeutic level or to determine lithium toxicity

When to Get Tested?

When beginning treatment with lithium as the dose is adjusted to achieve therapeutic blood levels; at regular intervals to monitor lithium levels; as needed to detect sub-therapeutic levels or high (toxic) concentrations

Sample Required?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm

Test Preparation Needed?

None