Your experiences with lithium?

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Jengi
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   Posted 7/15/2010 9:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Could you please share your experiences on lithium? I have my first follow up in a few days and there have been alot of things I have researched on this drug that I am not very happy with...so I just wanted to get yalls take..thanks

red lightening
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   Posted 7/18/2010 9:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I gained a lot of weight on it...like 60 lbs and I didn't like having to get my blood
drawn all the time. I was very thirsty and my hands shook. Although I became stable
on it I just couldn't deal with the side effects but I know it is wonderful for many people.
It's actually a type of salt I believe.

In Georgia, where I used to live there is a place called
Lithia Springs. Back in the old days bipolars used to bathe in the spring which was full of lithium
and heal themselves...especially for manic patients. pretty cool huh?

ladynimue
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   Posted 7/18/2010 10:28 PM (GMT -7)   
 
      Lithium was the first medication I was given when I was diagnosed in 1990. I believe it was
      the original drug of choice for Bipolar disorder.
 
      After being misdiagnosed and given incorrect medication Lithium was the first drug that
      made me even begin to feel better. The only side effect I had with it was nausea, which is
      very common. Over the years I've been prescribed a time-released Lithium that doesn't
      bother my stomach. Lithium is by no means a cure all but I feel better than I do without it.
      It's inexpensive and it seems to suit me.
 
      My teenage son who also has bipolar disorder takes different medication but I guess
      different things work for different people. Although I don't think much of anything is working
      well for my son. It's tricky treating kids.
 
      I have found that since it's your body it's ok to question what your doctor is prescribing
      for you. If he doesn't listen to you, you might want to find another doctor.

red lightening
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   Posted 7/19/2010 2:53 AM (GMT -7)   
"I have found that since it's your body it's ok to question what your doctor is prescribing
for you. If he doesn't listen to you, you might want to find another doctor."

Very true ladynimue...I needed to be reminded of that
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