Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Lithium Orotate For ADHD

The idea that lithium orate may be effective in the treatment of ADHD is a topic that has been garnering quit a bit of attention in recent months. It is no surprise that some could draw this conclusion due to the use of lithium for the treatment of manic depression, bipolar disorder and suicidal tendencies linked to depression. In this informational article titled "Lithium Orotate for AD/HD" we will investigate lithium/lithium orotate and determine whether or not it is a safe viable option for ADHD.
Lithium is a silver white alkali metal occurring in various compounds such spodumene and petalite. It is also one of the lightest metals known to man. Its salts are used in the treatment of manias, but research has yet to determine the exact mechanism involved. Lithium salts have been used for psychiatric purposes in the United States and has been used for the prevention of recurring attacks of manic depressive illnesses and has proved helpful in correcting sleep disorders in manic patients; apparently by suppressing rapid eye movement (REM). In manic patients, lithium salts also produce high voltage slow waves in the electroencephalograph, often with superimposed beta waves. One of the important attributes of the lithium ion is its relatively small gradient of distribution across biologic membranes. Manic depressive patients are given large doses of antipsychotic drugs for stabilizing their condition, which are gradual replaced by lithium salts. Generally lithium is only given to those patients who have normal kidney and heart function.
Lithium orotate is currently available without a prescription and has been touted as the next generation substitute for lithium carbonate. As this natural supplement, lithium is joined with an orotate ion, rather than to a carbonate ion. The most common form of application is by pill form.
The belief that lithium orate can be helpful for ADHD likely stems from it's effectiveness in controlling symptoms of mania such as hyperactivity, aggression, sleep irregularities, anger, poor judgment, and rushed speech. It also has been shown to be effective for anxiety and improving brain function. As you may recognize some of the symptoms of ADHD and mania overlap such as hyperactivity, poor judgment, and the ability to regulate behavior.
*Lithium side effects: drowsiness, weakness, speech problems, upset stomach, vomiting, and diarrhea. It is also been linked to renal damage, polydipsia, and polyuria. Also it is not recommended for children under 12 and may have some toxicity in large doses.
In summary, lithium orotate for ADHD is an option that should be discussed with your doctor. While the above information suggests it could be helpful for a number of common ADHD symptoms the side effect risks should give anyone considering its use a certain amount of trepidation.
Additionally, many have been finding success in treating ADHD symptoms in the form of homeopathy. Homeopathic remedies for ADHD are very safe and have proven to be effective in managing such problematic attention deficit hyperactivity symptoms as inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. If you are searching for a safe, natural treatment option homeopathy is worth considering.

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