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 LF> This is about Manic depression and Chronic Pain Syndrome, and the
 LF> interactions between them, if any one knows anything about the
 LF> interaction please let me know, as I would be most grateful.

I don't know about the interactions between them, but I have this file:


 Area:    ASK_A_NURSE
 Date:    07-15-95 04:58 (Public)  
 Subject: Lithium

lithium (drug) {lith'-ee-uhm}
Lithium, a metallic element, can be administered as lithium carbonate (a  
white powder) to treat patients suffering from manic states in  
MANIC-DEPRESSIVE PSYCHOSIS.  It may also be effective in preventing manic  
or depressive episodes.  Lithium can produce normalization of the symptoms  
of mania in 5 to 10 days.  Some authorities state that lithium has an  
effect on the endocrine system, the thyroid gland in particular;  others  
have found that {*filter*} serum levels of potassium decrease and those of  
magnesium increase after administration of lithium.  Which of the numerous  
physiological effects are significant and why they tend to diminish  
episodes of mania has not yet been determined.  Careful control of dosage  
is necessary, since toxic levels of lithium can occur near the therapeutic  
levels. Early signs of lithium intoxication include diarrhea, vomiting,  
drowsiness, lack of coordination, and vertigo.  Cases have been reported  
where patients suffered such problems as delirium, convulsions, or  
seizures, which continued for days or weeks despite lowering the {*filter*}  
levels to non-toxic concentrations.
Michael John Nisbett, HBScN, RN


 Area:    ASK_A_NURSE
 Date:    07-14-95 01:16 (Public)  
 Subject: Re: Lithium

Lithium carbonate is used in the treatment of manic-depression (bi-polar).
 The specific biochemical mechanism of lithium action in mania is unknown.
 Because of the possibility of lithium toxicity,
{*filter*} serum levels of lithium must be monitored regularly.
 At higher serum lithium levels, symptoms may include ataxia, giddiness,
tinnitus and blurred vision.


 Area:    ASK_A_NURSE
 Date:    07-19-95 22:22 (Public)  
 Subject: Lithium

Lithium is commonly used to treat manic-depression illness.
     Antimanic (mood stabilizer)
     Lithium is a medication used to treat manic-depressive illness by  
controlling the manic (e{*filter*}d) phase of the illness and by reducing the  
frequency and severity of depression.  Manic-depressive patients often  
experience unstable emotions ranging from e{*filter*}ment to hostility to  
depression. The mechanism of the mood-stabilizing effect of lithium is
unknown, but it appears to work on the central nervous system to control  


                National Institute of Mental Health
                 DHHS Publication No. (ADM)90-1653
                            Printed 1990


     National advocacy or consumer organizations provide
information about depression, sources of treatment, and local
community support groups:

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
2101 Wilson Boulevard
Suite 302
Arlington, VA 22201
(7O3) 524-7600

National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association
53 w. Jackson Boulevard
Suite 505
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 939-2442

National Mental Health Association
1021 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-2971
(703) 684-7722


     For more information on depression, diagnosis, and
treatments, write to the DEPRESSION Awareness, Recognition, and
Treatment (D/ART) Program:

D/ART Public Inquiries
National Institute of Mental Health
5600 Fishers Lane
Room 15C-05
Rockville, MD 20857

D/ART is a
professional and public education program sponsored by NIMH in
collaboration with private organizations and citizens. D/ART's
goals include the alleviation of symptoms through effective
treatment for the millions of Americans who suffer from
depressive disorders each year. The program is based on more
than 40 years of research on the diagnosis and treatment of
depressive disorders. For more information about the D/ART
Program, write; D/ART, NIMH, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 14C-02,
Rockville, MD 20857.

Lewis L. Judd, M.D.
National Institute of Mental Health
{*filter*}, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration

Take care.
Paul (not a health care professional)

 * OFFLINE 1.58 * Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternative.

Fri, 09 Jan 1998 03:00:00 GMT
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