Many people with Bipolar Disorder are treated with Lithium, a medicine with a very critical and narrow therapeutic window that is located between 0.6mmol/l and 1.2 mmol/l. At levels above 1.5 mmol/l the concentration is too high and there is a significant risk of lithium poisoning, which has serious physical consequences. The risk of an excessively high lithium level is always present because the level is influenced by an individual's fluid balance. Fluctuations in this fluid balance as a result of co-medication, heightened perspiration, diarrhoea, changing kidney function, etc. can lead to unexpected changes in lithium levels and all the associated risks. Therefore, close monitoring of lithium levels is required.
With the Medimate MiniLab it is possible to easily determine lithium level within a few minutes. The MiniLab is user-friendly, functional and reliable. Just one drop of blood from the fingertip is enough to know the lithium concentration within a few minutes. A measurement looks like this:
Carrying out a fingerstick measurement with the Medimate MiniLab: