What tests are required before lithium treatment?

John Preston, PsyD
Psychology
Prior to starting treatment with lithium, laboratory tests are required to establish baseline measures of the functioning of certain body systems. A complete blood count, an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG), kidney function tests (blood urea nitrogen [BUN], creatinine, and urinalysis), thyroid tests, and tests of calcium and electrolyte levels are required. The ECG (EKG) and the thyroid and calcium tests should also be repeated periodically during treatment. A pregnancy test is optional.
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