Is it OK to change the time I take my Lithium?

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Date Joined Jun 2010
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   Posted 6/11/2010 6:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all

I've been taking Lithium for 12 years.  I was told at the beginning to take it 'nocte' (at night).  So I usually take it when I go to bed - which can vary any time between 9pm and midnight.
I've recently read that if you take your Lithium with your evening meal it can reduce the side effects of stomach bloating, constipation and flatulence which I suffer from.
Do you think it would be OK to start taking my dose with dinner (which can be any time from 6pm - 9pm!)
I mean, will it affect my mood or destabilise me to take the drugs at a different time?

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Date Joined Mar 2006
Total Posts : 1191
   Posted 6/11/2010 1:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi bee,
Always consult your doctor before doing anything with your medication. :) Hope if you make a change that it makes you feel better!
Bipolar II, Anxiety/Panic Disorder
Clonazepam .5mg as neededMethoprazine 12 mg/day, Mirapex working up to 2.25 mg/day, Lamictal 400mg/day

horse crazy
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Date Joined Feb 2010
Total Posts : 199
   Posted 6/11/2010 11:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I will always recommend ask your doc, BUT I have taken lithium for at least 5 years as part of my nightime meds. However, when I take nighttime meds is largely dependent when I get home from work and how frantic I am feeling for some relief by taking my meds.  Many times I take them around 7:00pm with dinner and other times as late as midnight.  It doesn't seem to effect my mood whatsoever as far as the lithium is concerned.  I have noticed if I take it early I tend to wake up a bit earlier.  If you have lithium levels drawn once in awhile, the blood has to be drawn before 12 hours after you nighttime dose, sof you take it at 7pm, your blood has to be drawn at about 7am.  Something to  keep in mind.  On blood draw days I take the lithium about 10pm so I can go at a decent hour for blood draw.
Mighy help with your side effects if you take it with a meal.  You have been on lithium long enough that I think you could "feel" any adverse effects by changing the time.
Horse Crazy
Bi-polarII; rapid cycler; Lithium 600
Requip XL 8mg; Lamictal 200 mg; seraquel 450mg, klonopin 4mg

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