Lithium affects the flow of sodium through nerve and muscle cells in the body. Sodium affects excitation or mania. Lithium is used to treat the manic episodes of manic depression. Manic symptoms include hyperactivity, rushed speech, poor judgment, reduced need for sleep, aggression, and anger. Lithium also helps to prevent or lessen the intensity of manic episodes. Lithium may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Lithobid falls under the class of mood stabilizers. It is used to treat manic episodes associated with bipolar disorder. The drug affects the flow of sodium through the nerve and muscle cells. Sodium affects excitation. Symptoms of manic episodes include hyperactivity, rushed speech, poor judgment, reduced sleep, aggression and anger among others.