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   Posted 7/11/2007 1:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Here is my story. My husband has been taking lithium for over ten years. He has been in the hospital with another illness. Doing much better but for some reason his levels are now are going up and they want to change his meds. Of course we are both scared to death because this has worked for him. He has not had a manic issue in ten years. Does anyone have some advice for us. Thanks goodhouse

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   Posted 7/12/2007 12:02 PM (GMT -6)   

Welcome to to the HW family !!!

I think your husband should talk to a psychiatris or a trained professional about this situation. Maybe it is time for a change, but in the end it is up to your husband and the Dr. If his levels keep going up, he may get the lithium toxisity which I heard is not pleasant. I hope things work out for you. Please keep us updated on how things are going for your husband, and I hope he feels better soon too.

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   Posted 7/15/2007 11:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I have been on lithium for the past four years and have had no episodes. I have not had to change my mood stablizer yet. If the levels are going it probably means the medication is not been processed and excreted from the body as well as it used to. This could have something to do with the other illness, a side effect of taking the med, or just that he is getting older. If he is in the hospital there are all kinds of things that could effect lithium levels. If electolytes are off balance from dehydration or anything else, it can effect lithium levels. I would ask the doctor what the exact reason is, so that you both know. I think I have heard that the longer you have been stable the more likely you will be stable in the future. I don't know if that is true or not.

If they are starting him on another drug it will probably be an anticonvulstant drug that is also used for bipolar disorder. I have heard good things about the drug Lamictal. However, I have never personally been on it. Good luck and keep us updated. I can imagine how you both must feel. I think I will one day have to change meds. Lithium has worked so well for me I would be afraid that the next med wouldn't work as well. I hopw the next med wil work great for your husband.

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   Posted 7/16/2007 2:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your kind wishes. My husbands levels seem to have stablized and we think he can continue for now with the lithium. I did some research and if you change name brands it can cause issues with the blood test levels. Since he was not on his normal meds from home and using the hospitals brand I decided to take ours from home and the levels seem to go down.  We have talked to his Dr. and in the future will be discussing our options for him. Thanks for the welcome. goodhouse
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