So, Lithium is used to treat the manic stage of Bipolar disorder. Lithium is more used to reduce the frequency and severity of manic states. It helps one have more control over his/her emotions. It's not intended soley for depression, although it may reduce the frequency and severity in depression as well. But to answer your question, the medication's onset of therapeutic action will be between 1-3 weeks. Hope this helps.
I have barely come to realise that my illness symptoms are from bipolar depression. I haven't been told as such. I have just written to my psychiatrist asking for Lithium, as online researching has proved to be so useful.
PS: I found a study that concluded that aspirin is effective in alleviating sexual dysfunction in men who are bipolar stable using Lithium
- Lithium Information for Consumers
- Lithium Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lithium (detailed)
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