Monday, February 11, 2008

Men twice as persistent as women with Lithium

A study using data from 5.3 million patients receiving lithium in Denmark between 1995 and 2000 shows that 25% of patients stopped their lithium treatment within 45.2 days. Women were stopping their medication much sooner than men (135.7 vs. 316.7 days). Age was also significant with younger patients (18-31 years old) and older patients (³ 60 years old) more likely to be non-adherent than middle-aged patients. The authors suggest that long-term adherence therapy should be more focused on younger and older female patients.