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   Posted 3/17/2007 6:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone.  I am new here.  Was diagnosed with bp 12 years ago.  Just wondering what kind of factors are involved in having a serious low lithium level?  I take 1200 mg a day.  my last level was .1  Im sure they think Im not taking it which I wouldn't even think of doing.  Could I be drinking too much water?  I am clueless.  thanks for the help. 

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   Posted 3/19/2007 3:26 PM (GMT -7)   
i don't think that drinking a lot of water will significantly reduce the lithium level in your blood.  water acts like a cleanser in the system, removing toxins built up through metabolism and carrying them through the lymphatic system were the toxins are removed by the kidneys.  the body exerts an aweful lot of resources to recapture the water in our systems.
all medications are poisons in that they are toxic to our systems.  sometimes the results of this poisoning aren't too good, like when someone combined pain relievers and alcohol and sleep aids.  other times the result is more positive, as when your body metabolises lithium and it increases the amount of neurotransmitters to produce a more stable aspect.
the other thing to remember is that everyone reacts differently to drugs.  i take 900 mg of lithium/day.  if i took as much as you are tking, i might well have a toxic reaction.  but the amount that you are taking works for you. 
i doubt if your dr will question your voracity.  she/he may put you on a higher dose to increase the amount of he drug in your blood.  hte dr may also do nohing, loking at you, your drugs, and y9our progress, the dr may well be satisfied to see you where you are, regardless of the blood test results.
hope this helps.
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   Posted 10/21/2007 7:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been on lithuim for eight years.  I take 1200 mgs a day and my blood level is fine.  I know that it will fluctuate a little if I sweat alot or eat alot of salt, but usually it is too small a change to matter.  Trust the blood tests, they tell you what is "enough" to take.  Unfortunately, lithium alone isn't enough for me.  I take Abilify with Propranolol and Seroquel at night.  Hope your treatment goes well.

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   Posted 10/21/2007 7:48 PM (GMT -7)   
A few months ago, I was on 900mg of lithium and I was not drinking anough water. So my level was 1.7, and I had toxicity and was sick from it. But then my pdoc lowered my dosage and I was better after about a week.
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   Posted 10/22/2007 8:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I was put on Lithium in July at 900mg and was on it for about 6 weeks when I became toxic.  My level was 1.9, my pdoc even though I was drinking TONS of water at the time (almost a gallon a day - that's how thirsty I was) took me off the Lithium and within 24 hours I started feelig a little better.  He put me on Lamictal and so far have had no problems with it.
I hope all goes well for you.
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