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   Posted 4/3/2008 8:35 AM (GMT -7)   
HI I havent posted in a while..... my 15 yr old grandaughter got diagnosed with Bipolar......they put her on Lithium.......
Has anyone had bad experiences. with side affects while taking Lituim..
I have Bipolar 1....

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   Posted 4/3/2008 5:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Caren,

Give people a chance to reply... several are on lithium.

I am not but from what I've seen on the board, most people seem to do well on it, you just have to watch the blood levels lest you reach a toxic level. Doctors are aware of that though and do blood tests periodically.

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   Posted 4/9/2008 9:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Caren,

I have been on Lithium for over 2 1/2 years now. When I first started it made me a little sick, but it went away within a week or two. Other than that I have had 2 instances of toxicity, one from not drinking enough liquids, and the other due to another med I was taking. I have also learned that some brands make me sicker than others, I don't know why. Something about the coating or something.

Other than that, I have not had any problems at all. But if she is concerned, she should talk to her pdoc about it. They will be able to give her some answers. I do know that not all people who take Lithium can tolerate it. But you will find that out from the 1st few doses, trust me. Lithium tends to irritate the stomach when 1st starting, also she should have a small meal or snack before taking her meds.
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