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Old drug, new data

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Nicol Ferrier, Dr Lindsey Ferrie, Dr Karine Macritchie


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New data have emerged over the past 10 years regarding the efficacy and mechanisms of action of lithium. This article briefly summarises the evidence for the use of lithium to treat affective disorders and psychosis, reviews its putative anti-suicidal effect, highlights new research on its mechanism of action and provides an update on some important side-effects and consequences of its use.

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Author(s): Ferrier IN, Ferrie LJ, Macritchie KA

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Advances in Psychiatric Treatment

Year: 2006

Volume: 12

Issue: 4

Pages: 256-264

Print publication date: 01/01/2006

ISSN (print): 1355-5146

ISSN (electronic): 1472-1481

Publisher: Royal College of Psychiatrists


DOI: 10.1192/apt.12.4.256


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