Pharmacopsychiatry 1998; 31(6): 210-215
DOI: 10.1055/s-2007-979330

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Has the Time Come to Abandon Prophylactic Lithium Treatment? A Review for Clinicians

M. Schou
  • The Psychiatric Hospital, Risskov, Denmark
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20. April 2007 (online)

This review is based an relevant publications and addresses the following questions: Does lithium exert a recurrence-preventive, prophylactic action in manic-depressive illness? Has prophylactic treatment with anticonvulsants or antidepressants become preferable to lithium prophylaxis? Which drug or drugs should be first-choice prophylactic agent in bipolar and in unipolar manic-depressive ilness?