This page will give you general information about lithium. It is not medical advice. Always talk to your doctor about your situation and whether this medication is for you.
What's it for?
Name: lithium ("LITH-ee-um")
Other names: Priadel® ("PRI--a-del"), Liskonum® ("LIS-ko-num”), Camcolit® ("CAM-col-it")
Medication type: mood stabiliser
What can it be used for?
If you are 18 or over, the doctor can prescribe lithium carbonate or lithium citrate for you as a licensed medicine for mania, bipolar disorder, as an extra treatment for low mood (depression) that has been difficult to treat, or for aggression and self-harming behaviour.
In younger people, specialists might prescribe it ‘off-label’ if they believe it is the best medicine for you, and the liquid form may suit you better as lithium tablets are very bitter if chewed.
Ways to take it
Tablets: lithium carbonate is the ingredient in tablets under the brands Priadel™, Liskonum™ or Camcolit™
Liquids: lithium citrate is the ingredient in liquids under the brands Priadel™ or Li-Liquid™
There is a good and clear patient information booklet from the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) that will help you with the practical bits of taking lithium. This booklet should be given to you by your doctor or someone from your care team, but is also available to download and print off.