Lithium Toxicity - JA0008057-0000-19-144-H05-P

Lithium Toxicity

by Cathy Meives, PharmD
(4.6 / 8 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Pharmacy (1.00 Contact Hr)

Price: $15.00
CE-PRO Price: $7.50


Lithium has been a preferred agent for the management of bipolar disorder for decades. For patients with bipolar disorder, lithium may be very effective, but the adverse reactions and toxicities related to lithium are often quite bothersome and possibly dangerous to the patient. Some adverse reactions may also impact medication adherence, therefore affecting a patient’s mental well-being. There is often a fine line between adverse reactions that occur with therapeutic doses and serum lithium levels and toxicities that develop with supratherapeutic serum levels. Healthcare providers who work with patients treated with lithium must be knowledgeable about lithium toxicities, serum levels, and appropriate monitoring.


The goal of this continuing education program is to provide healthcare professionals with information about lithium, specifically the therapeutic uses, pharmacology/pharmacokinetics, toxicities, and monitoring parameters. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify three risk factors that may increase the chance for lithium toxicity
  • Review the symptoms of lithium toxicity
  • Discuss various drug classes that may interact with lithium

Accreditation Information
The course is intended for pharmacists
Jointly Accredited Provider logoIn support of improving patient care, OnCourse Learning (a Relias LLC company) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Pharmacy (provider # 50-1489).
Type of Activity: Knowledge
Hours dedicated to pharmacology: 1 contact hours
Initial Release Date: 6/24/2019; Planned Expiration Date: 12/31/2019

Course Originally Released on: 11/20/2013
Date of Most Recent Review: 6/7/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 12/31/2019

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Sherri B - Raleigh, NC  ·  Oct 26, 2019
Good review of Lithium
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Kevin L - Concord, CA  ·  Aug 11, 2019
Good information to help clinicians
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Price: $15.00
CE-PRO Price: $7.50