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    Li-Zyme Forte (100 T) supplement - dietary Lithium, product Code: 1724.
    A nursing mother with an over 1 year old has been told to take this by her M.D. Li-Zyme Forte (100 T) supplement - dietary Lithium. It is not the medication Lithium. It is a plant-based mineral dietary supplement Lithium Carbonate; Lithium from vegetable culture, *Specially grown, biologically active vegetable culture containing Phytochemically Bound Lithium TM, 150mc per serving, 1-3 tablets per day.
    She has low thyroid and depression, and it has been on-going for several years, and her health has been declining. She's tried many supplements and medications.
    Any thoughts on this supplement? I am unable to find a safety rating on it anywhere. Thank you!

    ~Beth B.

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    Beth B,

    This supplement would have the same rating as the Lithium Carbonate-L4-Possibly hazardous. "Lithium readily transfers to the infant via milk. Infant plasma levels can be significant. If closely followed, most infants could continue to breastfeed, but close followup by a physician is mandatory. If the infant continues to breastfeed, it is strongly suggested that the infant be closely monitored with serum lithium levels, and BUN/creatinine after 6 weeks or so. Levels drawn too early (7 days) may only reflect in utero exposure. A number of studies of lithium suggest that lithium administration is not an absolute contraindication to breastfeeding, if the physician monitors the infant closely. Use with great caution." (Medications and Mothers' Milk database, Dr Thomas Hale PhD). Monitor the infant for Neurobehavioral development, drowsiness, irritability, dry mouth or excessive salivation, thyroid function, vomiting, constipation, hydration, renal function, urination, tremor.

    Sandra Lovato R.N.
    InfantRisk Center