Bipolar is a very complex disorder and its treatment is not very satisfactory. The majority of patients with bipolar remain dissatisfied with current-day treatment. Besides lithium, there are several other medications used to treat bipolar disorder.
As predicted, someone always comes up with a health supplement to counter the available traditional drugs for bipolar disorder. One health supplement that has been touted as a treatment for bipolar disorder is a product called Serenity. There are many Serenity-type products on the market, and one of them is hyped up to treat all types of mental disorders, including bipolar disorder. Serenity contains lithium orotate. The company that makes this product claims it is a very safe mood stabilizer and relieves anxiety.
Serenity is widely available as a health supplement. It is available as a powder, capsule, tablet and liquid.
The lithium found in Serenity is coated with lithium orotate and also contains a number of other natural supplements. The enteric coating protects the supplement from breaking down by acid in the stomach. However, experts indicate that a single pill of Serenity is unlikely to make any difference in treatment of bipolar disorder, since the amount of lithium orotate found in Serenity is miniscule. In fact, even the manufacturer claims that lithium orotate levels are not high with Serenity - this may be just to get the FDA off its back.
Lithium orotate in therapeutic doses needs a prescription. When lithium orotate is sold in subtherapeutic doses and mixed with some herbs, it can be sold as a supplement and does not need to undergo the scrutiny that other drugs go through.