Analysis assesses suicide prevention benefit of lithium drugs

06/27/2013 | HealthDay News

Researchers examined data from 48 trials that included more than 6,600 people with mood disorders and found that patients treated with lithium had a 60% lower risk of suicide than those who took a placebo. Those who took lithium were also less likely to hurt themselves. Because of side effects, providers "need to take a balanced view of the likely benefits and harm of lithium in the individual patient," researchers said. The findings appeared online in BMJ.

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