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Lithium and T-cell count?

Jul 2, 2003

I take 1200mg a day of Lithium for Bipolar disorder. When I got my inital T4 count, it was 240, though my viral load was only 28,000.

Apparently Lithium lowers T4 counts, but I can't find any information on by how much. Do any of you know about how much Lithium lowers T4 counts?

Response from Dr. Pierone

I performed a literature seach on lithium and CD4 cells and was not able to find evidence that lithium lowers T cells (CD4 cells).

I did find one study from 1988 that showed no impact on CD4 cells by lithium treatment in a group of 10 men with HIV infection (see link).

If your source has any references I would be glad to follow up. Hope this helps.

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