Reference Work Entry

Encyclopedia of Child Behavior and Development

pp 365-365



Carbolith; Duralith; Eskalith; Lithane; Lithium; Lithizine; Lithobid; Lithonate; Lithotabs


Cibalith-S contains lithium, a naturally occurring chemical used in the treatment of mania in patients with bipolar disorder.

Bipolar patients experience fluctuations in their mood which may include episodes of mania and depression. Cibalith-S is commonly used to reduce the frequency and intensity of mania commonly associated in those with Bipolar disorder. It is believed that Cibalith-S affects the transportation of sodium cells and it may also cause a change in catecholamines. Common side effects of this medication may include nausea, becoming thirsty and urination. Lithium toxicity is a common problem. Therefore, patients taking this medication must have constant monitoring.

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