Bipolar Disorder and Lithium
Signs and Symptoms
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Assess patient's mental status initially and periodically; if indicated, initiate suicide preventions
Monitor intake and output and report any drastic changes.
Patient should be drinking at least 2000-3000 mL and day.
Patient's weight should be taken every 3 months.
Monitor renal and thyroid function.
Test patient's WBC with differential.
Test patient's glucose levels.
Monitor serum lithium levels twice a week during chronic therapy.
Assess patient for signs and symptoms of lithium toxicity.
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