Standards of lithium monitoring in mental health trusts in the UK

  title={Standards of lithium monitoring in mental health trusts in the UK},
  author={Noel Collins and Thomas R. E. Barnes and Amber Shingleton-Smith and David Gerrett and C. Percy Paton},
  booktitle={BMC psychiatry},
BACKGROUND Lithium is a commonly prescribed drug with a narrow therapeutic index, and recognised adverse effects on the kidneys and thyroid. Clinical guidelines for the management of bipolar affective disorder published by The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommend checks of renal and thyroid function before lithium is prescribed. They further recommend that all patients who are prescribed lithium should have their renal and thyroid function checked every six… CONTINUE READING


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