My son is bipolar and 18 years old. I am curious - what are|
"normal" lithium and depakote levels?
Dear Liz --
And conversely, in bipolar I, as above, one wants to see the level above 0.7 (some would say as low as 0.5 is okay) to be sure he's getting sufficient protection from a recurrence, as there are a few studies comparing the risk of recurrence at different levels: they seem to show a "threshold" for recurrence below that 0.7 mark.
So that defines the lithium "therapeutic range": 0.7 to 1.1 (or 0.5 to 1.2 according to some). There is no "normal" as such, if you follow me.
Depakote levels are even less well defined. It
looks like most people won't see much effect, at least for bipolar I, below a
blood level of 50. And there are some that require a level up to 125, but
beyond that one sees mostly side effects and not many people who finally start
to respond as the doses go way up there (3000mg might be required for some to
get levels that high, for example).