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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 1/18/2009 8:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I hope everyone is well.  I have been reading some of the different questions and comments posted throughout this forum and I am amazed at the sincerity that accompanies each response.
I have recently been prescribed Lithium, and I am not sure how long it takes to start working, but I think its bringing me down.  Then again, maybe its just me.  I have been feeling off, distracted, and suicidal.  Should I stop taking the Lithium- and if I stop it abruptly will it make my mood worse? confused

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   Posted 1/19/2009 8:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Serenityjms. WELCOME! A lot of us are new (since like around Christmas) and we are all here to support each other through this. I'm not a dr. but I'd strongly advise you to NOT stop taking medication of any type without seeing your doc first. You don't know what effects it will have on you and they could be worse than what you are already feeling.
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   Posted 1/19/2009 9:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Serenityjms,

Welcome to HealingWell and to the bipolar board. It's nice of you to join us. I've got to echo BD_Spouse. I would give your doc a call and voice your concerns before stopping the lithium. You'll need to slowly titrate off the lithium, I believe, to avoid side effects that will make you miserable. Get a doc's advice about how to do that. Also, a doc can give you another med to try that may suit you better.

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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 1/19/2009 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey serenity;

Welcome! I hope you can find this forum as helpful & supportive as the rest of us has. My wife was on lithium for a while, but it made her very nauseated, so her pdoc took her off of it. She is now on Rispredol & Carbamezepine & they seem to be working very well. I would strongy advise you to talk with your doc before adjusting any meds. I think you should call your doc and let them know about your suicidal thoughts as well. Have you had a diagnosis yet? Is this all new conditions for you, or have you been this way for a while?

Stay in touch, we are here for you.


"The struggles make you stronger, and the changes make you wise, and happiness has it's own way of taking it's sweet time.
Gary Allan- From "Life Ain't Always Beutiful"

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   Posted 1/20/2009 1:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear serenity, I was prescribed lithium and it did not work well for me. However, getting off meds without a psychiatrist's advice can have disastrous circumstances. Last time I did that, I quit a cushy job where I was overpaid, chopped off my waist length hair and became hostile to everyone around me. It took 6 months to get me back on track. I have been through a couple of different cocktails and have finally found medication that suits me. I think you should ask your psychiatrist to try a different medication on you.

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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 1/20/2009 8:04 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi all, thank you all for your responses...

To answer some of your questions:  I was diagnosed bipolar last year...since then I have been on a couple of different cocktails but more recently my doc has prescribed lamictal, lithium, welbutrin....then, she added abilify....I believe her intentions are to take me off of the lithium and so she reduced my dosage....anyone had any experience with abilify....


again, thanks for the responses..


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   Posted 1/22/2009 7:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello SerenityJMS,

As everyone said, call your Dr. before stopping anything. I had a terrible reaction to Lithium, but I am very med sensitive anyway. I have never had suicidal thoughts until I started coming off Lithium, I started getting terrible hand tremors and had to stop. Coming off that stuff was really tough. right noew I am on Risperdal and Xanax and seem to be doing OK, of course I want to feel even better!

Welcome and I hope you enjoy this forum. Everyone here is very supportive and nice.

BP Gemini
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