Trends in lithium prescription in Spain from 1985 to 2003

Xavier Castells, Antoni Vallano, David Rigau, Joselin Pérez, Miguel Casas, Dolors Capellà

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Lithium use for bipolar disorder has decreased in the United States. We aimed at studying lithium prescription in Spain from 1985 to 2003. Prescription data, expressed in daily defined dose per 1000 inhabitants per day, were obtained. Lithium prescription increased uninterruptedly from 0.21 to 0.79 DID. The psychiatric reform in Spain and a broader definition of BD during the last decades are possible explanations for this rise.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-276
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Affective Disorders
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2006


  • Bipolar disorder
  • Drug utilization
  • Drug utilization/trends
  • Lithium
  • Pharmacoepidemiology


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