It usually takes several weeks for lithium to begin working. Your doctor will order periodic blood tests during your treatment, because lithium can affect kidney or thyroid function. Lithium works best if the amount of the drug in your body is kept at a constant level. It is important that the lithium level in your body not be too low or too high. Your doctor will also probably suggest you drink eight to12 glasses of water or fluid a day during treatment and use a normal amount of salt in your food. Both salt and fluid can affect the levels of lithium in your blood , so it's important to consume a steady amount every day.
Magnetic therapy should never be used on a person who has a cardiac pacemaker or defibrillator, as magnets have been shown to interfere with these devices. It is also not recommended to use magnetic therapy if you take blood thinners or have a history of epilepsy. Although it is being studied to see if the use of magnetic therapy can have a positive effect on epilepsy, these studies are in their early stages and should not be attempted until research has determined if magnetic therapy will help. Also, the use of magnetic therapy during pregnancy is not recommended as there have been no studies to determine if magnetic therapy will have a negative effect on the fetus.
Newer medications help reduce the time it takes to fall asleep. Some of these sleep-inducing drugs, which bind to the same receptors in the brain as do benzodiazepines, include Lunesta , Sonata , and Ambien . They are somewhat less likely than benzodiazepines to be habit-forming, but over time can still sometimes cause physical dependence. They can work quickly to increase drowsiness and sleep. Another sleep aid, called Rozerem , acts differently from other sleep medicines by affecting a brain hormone called melatonin, and is not habit-forming. Belsomra is another unique sleep aid that affects a brain chemical called orexin , and is not addictive or habit-forming.