Hi sdguy, I just wanted to let you know that I answered your post over in the depression forum on this topic. So you can pop in there to check....
I have been taking Lithium for three years for bipolar disorder. I don't experience any side effects from this medication. I honestly experienced more side effects from antidepressants than I have from Lithium. It sounds scary but it really is not that bad.
Lithium can damage the kidney over time, but lab tests are taken to check kidney function. If lab tests do show damage then a different drug is chosen. And I think damage only happens after long term usage of lithium. And not everyone who is on it experiences kidney damage.
Lithium has successfully manage my bipolar disorder. I have had no manic episodes or severe depressive episodes. I have heard that Lithium is sometimes used in just depression. It does have an antidepressive effect. Research has also shown that lithium also has an anti-suicidal effect on people.
Post Edited By Moderator (olivia of course) : 10/9/2008 6:00:31 PM (GMT-6)
Hi Mike B,
I see that you are new around the Bipolar Forum. Maybe you can take a little time to post a little bit about yourself so that we can get to know you.
Or just chime in anytime you feel like it, like you just did. We are so happy to have you join us.