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Are lithium orotate supplements as effective and safe as prescription lithium for bipolar disease and depression?
It's not known if lithium orotate is as effective for bipolar disease as lithium carbonate and lithium citrate (which are both FDA-approved drugs) and there is preliminary evidence that it is not as safe at the high doses of lithium used to treat bipolar disease. However, very low-dose lithium may have behavioral and cognitive benefits. For more details, see the full answer >>
NOTE: ConsumerLab.com has now tested low-dose lithium supplements, analyzing them for their amounts of lithium as well as for contamination with heavy metals (lead, arsenic, and cadmium). See the Low-Dose Lithium Supplements Review, which includes the clinical evidence for lithium, safety and side effects, and our Top Picks among products tested.