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How should I take lithium?

You should take lithium (available in tablet, capsule or liquid form) three to four times daily, unless your doctor has given you extended-release tablets, which are taken either two or three times daily. Swallow the extended-release tablet whole; do not split, chew or crush it. Try to take lithium at the same times each day as prescribed by your doctor.

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