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Lithium poisoning

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Poisoning with lithium is mostly due to reduced excretion through:

  • dehydration due to factors such as gastroenteritis, inadequate fluid intake when travelling or hot climate
  • renal failure
  • infection
  • drug interactions (especially with thiazide diuretics)

Self-poisoning may need gastric lavage, forced diuresis or even dialysis

For symptoms, signs and management of lithium poisoning, see link to lithium, adverse effects.

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