I have heard that Lithium may alter the health of the thyroid, therefore, it is possible to be put on thyroid medication. Some have said that Lithium may cause weight gain. Can all this be true, and has anyone experienced this? These side effects led me to discontinue Lithium. My mother had her thyroid removed with a laser. She was concerned with her physical health, rather the mental health, and did not go to psychiatrists. Looking back, my mother, and her father were definitely moody, and intense. Having said that, part of my condition, I beleive, is hereditary. I am currently on 200mg Lamotragine (classified as a anticonvulsant). Certain anticonvulsants are used in place of Lithium. I have not experienced any adverse effects on Lamotragine. Lithium may not be as effective for rapid cycling bipolar disorder.
May all of you stay well. (((hugs)))