Thinking about starting Lithium

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   Posted 3/2/2012 12:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been perscribed Lithium for my depression, on top of taking Lamotrigine.
Haven't filled the persciption yet because I'm unsure about the side effects. I'm worried about losing my personality altogether, and let's be honest, the weight gain thing is not okay with me.
I'm really just looking for some insight on the drug. I'd really appreciate it if everyone could share their experiences with it :)

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   Posted 3/2/2012 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   
hi samrose, welcome to the forum.

lithium is mainly used to treat bi-polar disorders. it is the building block and stabilizer for other medications to attach itself and help with the treatment. it is a very long term treatment. you need 3 monthly blood tests as lithium is quite toxic. initially alike any new medicine it can make you qweezy and neausas for a small amount of time. my advice, keep talking with your doctor.

with healing compassion, jamie



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   Posted 3/2/2012 1:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,

Welcome to the forum. I have not been prescribed lithium. If your doctor says you need it, I would try it. You can always stop if it isn't right for you. With the doctor's help, of course. I hope that it works for you.

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   Posted 3/3/2012 7:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Lithium was too high maintenance for me...I have other health issues, such as high BP, overweight etc. It scared me a little but I know many people who swear by it. Just keep yourself informed about it and make sure you have the blood tests as scheduled.

Hope it works for you
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