Lithium Induced Hypothyroidism

We continue our lecture series on Lithium Adverse Events Management with the discussion of Lithium Induced Hypothyroidism

The antithyroid effects of lithium were recognized in the early 1960s when goiter was found in many patients treated with lithium. It is clinically important to separate mood changes associated with lithium-induced hypothyroidism from the underlying bipolar depression.

Let’s begin by answering this question first:

Which thyroid formulation is preferred for lithium induced hypothyroidism management?

Answer: (b) T4

  • T4 preferred over T3 replacements: Initiate T4 at 0.025 mg and increase 0.025 mg Q3-6 weeks until TSH in the normal range.

TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS LECTURE TODAY:

LITHIUM INDUCED HYPOTHYROIDISM

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At Psychiatry Education Forum Academy, we believe that it is critical to periodically remind oneself of how to tackle the common as well as serious side effects of lithium. When it comes to side effects, we have seen among our colleagues, knowing what to look for and how to tackle each side effect, imparts a great deal of confidence that enables effective use of Lithium.

Psychiatry Education Forum Academy is excited to announce the release of our 4-days lecture series on Understanding Lithium’s Adverse Events Management: Here we will discuss the clinical details of how to Recognize, Manage, Monitor, and Prevent these adverse events from lithium.  

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