Preventative strategies may reduce the risk of chronic kidney disease in elderly patients receiving lithium

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Abstract

Although lithium is an effective treatment of various mood disorders, including those in elderly patients, it is often underutilized out of fear of its adverse effects. Current evidence does not support a conclusive link between lithium treatment and chronic kidney disease (CKD) in elderly patients, especially those with normal pre-morbid renal function. The appropriate use of preventative strategies may help prevent CKD and further renal decline in elderly patients receiving lithium.

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