1995 issue 3

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Volume 4, issue 3

Leczenie i rehabilitacja depresji

How long should lithium salts therapy be continued in the prevention of affective disorders?

MARIA BERĘSEWICZ1
1. I Kliniki Psychiatrycznej IPiN w Warszawie
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii, 1995, 4, 213-216
Keywords: lithium, treatment duration, prevention, affective disorders

Abstract

Undesirable side effects of tong-term using lithium for preventive purposes as well as the risk connected with discontinuation of effective lithium therapy are discussed. Relapse after lithium discontinuation was noted in 75% of patients during a 2-year follow-up. Discontinuation of the treatment should be attempted only under circumstances exposing the patient to an increased risk of relapse.

Address for correspondence:
Dr Maria Beręsewicz,
II Klinika Psychiatryczna IPiN,
Al. Sobieskiego 1/9,
02-957 Warszawa