I'd never heard of it so looked it up.
Lithium orotate has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Even though it has been available over the counter for many years, studies have never been conducted on human participants, according to the PsychCentral website. Lithium orotate also releases higher levels of lithium into the brain and body in smaller dosages than the regular brand of lithium carbonate. Lithium carbonate still affects the kidneys in dangerous ways in low dosages. If lithium orotate has the ability to release higher levels of lithium into the body in lower dosages, this means that people taking lithium orotate are at higher risks of overdose, kidney problems, kidney failure and even death. Lithium orotate can also be used to decrease symptoms of Bipolar Disorder. The fact that it is available to anyone in an over the counter form and the fact that it has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration makes lithium orotate very dangerous--- especially when used to self medicate.
Think I'll pass.
It does not release higher levels at lower dosages, it's simply a lower dose that crosses the blood brain barrier and is therefore more effective at extremely low doses with no side effects. It's available OTC because no reports of major side effects. It's actually an amazing mineral that we are all probably deficient in and need for balance. I've never seen anything with better reviews. Especially compared with other mood altering drugs with known crippling side effects. Low dose lithium orotate is equivalent to amounts found in drinking water in some places or in vegetables grown in lithium rich soil. It's nueroprotectant, regenerative and mood stabilizing ability is incredible! Anyone with suicidal thoughts or PTSD must absolutely try this. For the rest of us it's great to help manage stress. It can be used as needed and can quit anytime without tapering. The trick to it is "low doses". (120 mg = 5mg elemental lithium) Effective at just 5mg a day, wouldn't take more than 30mg) :O)
Post Edited (HJQuinn) : 9/28/2019 3:01:40 PM (GMT-6)