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psychopharmacology: Antimanic and Hallucinogenic Drugs

The element lithium , in the form lithium carbonate, has been widely used as an antimanic in cases of bipolar disorder (manic-depression), particularly to control manic episodes. Lithium alters the transport of sodium ions in nerve and muscle cells and affects the metabolism of catecholamines; the exact mechanism of action is unknown. The hallucinogenic drugs , such as mescaline and LSD , have been of research interest because they often mimic natural psychotic states.

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