About the side effects of lithium orotate

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About the side effects of lithium orotate
Lithium orotate is often used to ease depression. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Lithium orotate is a drug that can be prescribed by a GP to help patients stabilise a recurring debilitating mood or help normalise abnormal thinking patterns. Excitable people can be calmed down by taking lithium orotate while others who are depressed will find themselves feeling less stressed and more relaxed. The drug is offered online by a large number of websites selling alternative health products -- but care should be taken before you make your purchase.


Lithium orotate is used in the treatment of depression, alcoholism and related conditions. It’s primarily used to stabilise moods by balancing emotional responses. It can also be used in the treatment of schizophrenia and other episodes of mania including manic depression. The drug is effective due to its direct effect on the brain and its ability to decrease any abnormal activity occurring.


A low dosage is recommended at first to monitor any potential side effects. Dosage can range from 120 mg (0.004 oz) to 450 mg (0.016 oz). The typical dosage is 150 mg (0.005 oz) daily. It can take 1 to 3 weeks for the drug to show any effects. You should avoid taking lithium orotate if you’re pregnant or nursing, experiencing dehydration and exhaustion, have kidney problems, or suffer from cardiovascular disease.

Minor side effects

Muscle weakness, ticks or tremors, loss of appetite and mild apathy. In some cases there may be tiredness, poor coordination, blurred vision and ringing in the ears. Other effects may include restlessness, stomach pain, bloating, dry mouth or excessive saliva, indigestion, acne, swollen lips, weight gain, constipation and depression.

Stronger side effects

Hair loss, giddiness, blackouts, seizures, hallucinations, kidney problems, thirst and frequent urination, diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting. Blood poisoning is also a possibility in extreme cases. Patients who are bipolar may suffer from memory problems, the development of skin conditions (acne and psoriasis) and possible weight gain. If you suffer from bipolar illness you should first consult your GP before taking lithium orotate.

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