In addition to bipolar, for which I take Lithium stabilizer which treats the mania, and Mirtazapine anti-depressant, I have another health issue for which I need medicine.
This stacks my meds, on top of a third health condition which does not tolerate medicine very well. So I know what you mean when you don't want to take too much medicine.
So you talk about
facing a nightmare, which you haven't, but that is where I am.
My third condition got worse in the last year, so that this condition even less cannot tolerate the medicines I already take. So this taking of all my medicine is getting kind of tense.
I'm suppose to take doctor's Vitamin D, but it makes my 3rd condition worse. Net says castor oil, 1 teaspoon a day is suppose to give you all the Vitamin D you'll need, other websites says it can give you more than you need, so you'll have to check which is right.
So I take that in small amounts during the day, maybe 1/3rd of what I'm suppose to take, or 1/3rd of a teaspoon may be enough, hope to get some Vitamin D through food.
My blood pressure medicine, suppose to take 2 a day. Now, with the added problem, if I take 2 a day I can't hardly think. So I try one a day, until the chest starts hurting, then I take the 2nd.
On my anti-depressant, Mirtazapine, I started on 15mg a day, muscle spasms, toes twitching, and hunger outbursts both 15 minutes after taking that med. Told doctor, she cut me back to 7.5mg at night. And it still works, so I didn't need the additional 7.5mg of that.
Now we're down to Lithium. I take 675mg of that a day, mostly at night.
You say, "In addition to causing drowsiness at 900mg/day, lithium is said to cause a feeling of full stomach and bloating have you felt this? did you continue taking 900mg or did you reduce the dose?"
I don't have those feelings from taking my Lithium, so I would definitely bring that up with your psychiatrist. Some of those milligrams might be luxury and can be reduced, as was the case with my 15mg of Mirtazapine. I only needed 7.5mg.
I think there may be a 750mg pill of Lithium, you can look on the net.
I rem. my psychiatrist telling me and seeing my numbers of, you say the books say blood level range is 0.6 to 1.20 for Lithium, but I don't remember what they are. So I don't know if you can go lower than 0.6 or not.
You say, "Have any of you got relief against bipolar at a lower value?"
Yes, I've gotten relief from Lithium at a lower level, I'm at 675 mg a day.
But I think they go by heighth and weight, how difficult your situation is, how much Lithium you need in your system (0.6 to 1.20) for it to be effective.
These are just my opinions as a bipolar. I don't have any medical training.
Post Edited (Tim Tam) : 10/15/2017 7:35:04 PM (GMT-6)