Table 1.

Lithium pharmacologya

Molecular weight 7 daltons
Therapeutic plasma levels0.6 to 1.5 mEq/L (these values vary between different laboratories)
Peak plasma level time0.5 to 2 h; up to 72 h after overdose
Volume of distribution0.6 L/kg
Bioavailability>95%
Plasma protein binding<10%
Elimination half-life 24 h; up to 60 h during chronic lithium treatment
  • a Data from references 3 and 4.