Josie Hoskins is 50 years old. This past year her sister was murdered by her brother-in-law. Ms. Hoskins has developed mood swings and manic behavior with depression. The psychiatrist has consulted with the psychiatric nurse practitioner. She is to be prescribed Lithium (Lithobid, Eskalith).
1. What is the dosage to be prescribed to Ms. Hoskins? (She weighs 145 pounds)
2. What is the pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of Lithium?
3. What is the action, use, adverse effects, contraindications, drug to drug and drug to herb interactions, nursing implications of Lithium?
4. What lab values should be monitored with Lithium?