Lithium and Headaches

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olivia of course
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   Posted 7/18/2006 1:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been on lithium for about 2 months now, and have been getting headaches which sometimes turn into migraines. I was wondering if there is anyone else who has experienced that as a side effect. I mentioned it to my pdoc, but she said she had not heard of anyone who gets headaches on lithium. thanks.


~Olivia

jem5
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   Posted 7/28/2006 11:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey! I just read your post and I am also in a dilemma about headaches. I'm also on Lithium and I get headaches. I think they are definitely mixed with allergies but I don't get allergies in Jan. Feb. March.. Thats when I started the Lithium. I have gotten one migraine and that was on June 1st. (Funny how you always remember them). I'm 31 and my migraines started when I was 15 so I feel ya. Anyway, I have now been taking excederin to help them. It is the only thing that is strong enough and you know you cant take ibuprofin. But the caffeine in the excederin is no good for Lithium either! So it might be a mixture of things, or your just rare to the side effects. Just like bipolar's symptoms are very different for each person. darn it, maybe it IS the Lithium!! : - )

olivia of course
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   Posted 7/29/2006 7:27 AM (GMT -7)   
jem,
 
Thanks sooo much for the response.  I was worrried I was all alone.  I have only had 3-4 migraine episodes this summer, but as you said it might be triggered on by lithium as well as allergies.  It just keeps worse as my dose is increased.  I mentioned to my pdoc, but she keeps assuring mr it will go away, it has been 2 months since I have been on it, so I think the headaches/migrained are probably here to stick around, unfortunetly.  Agin, thanks.
~Olivia

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