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Lithium

Laboratory:Clinical Biochemistry
Test Code:LITHIUM
Specimen Types:Serum
Container Types:
SST
Collection & Request Instructions:

For assay of therapeutic levels, specimen should be collected at least twelve hours after last dose. State dosing and collection times on the request form.

DO NOT use lithium heparin tubes.

Transport Instructions between Sites and/or Laboratories:Room Temperature
Additional Notes:

Therapeutic Range:  0.5—1.2mmol/L

Toxic Range:  > 1.5 mmol/L

Higher target levels (0.8-1.2 mmol/L) may be required in the treatment of acute mania.

Reference Range Source:

Bipolar Disorder [revised 2013 Mar]. In: eTG complete [Internet]. Melbourne: Therapeutic Guidelines Limited; 2017 Mar.

Hiemke C et al: AGNP consensus guidelines for therapeutic drug monitoring in psychiatry: update 2011. Pharmacopsychiatry 2011, 44: 195-235