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Posted January 10, 2018

Lithium Supplement Contaminated With E. Coli, Health Canada Warns

On December 1, 2018, Health Canada (the Canadian equivalent of the FDA) warned consumers that it found Smart Brain Formulations Serotonin Support, a lithium ororate supplement sold on the website Robert Lamberton Consulting, to be contaminated with E. choli (Escherichia coli).

E. choli is a bacterium that can cause severe stomach cramps, watery or bloody diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and headache. Young children, older adults and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to get sick from E. choli and their symptoms may be more severe.

Health Canada advised consumers who are using this product to consult with a health care professional to receive advice on safely stopping use and appropriate treatment for medical conditions.

The agency also warned that in Canada, lithium orotate is a prescription drug and should be used only under the supervision of a health care professional. In addition, it stated that the company selling does not hold a site licence or any product licences with Health Canada -- which are required to sell natural products in Canada.

Lithium (as lithium carbonate or lithium citrate) is sold a prescription drug in the U.S.; however, lithium orotate is also sold in the U.S. as a supplement in much lower doses than used in prescription drugs. 

See's Review of Low-Dose Lithium Supplements for tests of related products.

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To read Health Canada's full warning, use the link below.