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A 23-year-old male asked:

can i smoke hash if i am taking lithium ??

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Although there is no: specific drug interaction, THC increases the severity of alcoholic, non-alcoholic & Hepatitis C -related fatty liver. Therefore, your using "hash" is detrimental to your health, given your condition.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

Do I need any special testing when i'm on lithium?

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Dr. Paul Pancner
Clinical Psychology 18 years experience
Lithuum tests: Typically, lithium blood levels are ordered periodically to make sure the amount of litium is ib tgerapeutic range. In addition, other blood tests and some times uribe tests to make sure the lithium isn't negatively affecting other metabolic systems. These would include kidney functioning tests, thyroid fubctioning (t3, t4, tsh) and creatininecle creatininecleaacreatinineclear creatininecleara crea.
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Family Medicine 38 years experience
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A 47-year-old member asked:

What is lithium prescribed for ?

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Dr. Paul Pancner
Clinical Psychology 18 years experience
Why Lithium: There are a number of reasons for prescribing lithium, some of which are off-label. Lithium is commonly prescribed to treat symptoms of bipolar disorder. Other reasons include assisting with anger management by decreasing explosive episodes. Another is to augment or boost the antidepressant effects from antidepressants.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Does taking lithium make you have a "flat" personality?

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Dr. Paul Pancner
Clinical Psychology 18 years experience
Lothium doesn't: Most people are prescribed lithium to try and level out moderate to severe mood swings so they don't experience the depressed and/or hypomanic/manic eisodes. If you consider the symptoms seen in these cycles (e.g., more talkative, more social, mpre energu, etc.), then you could argie thatlithium does. However, the answer is no. It does not flatten one's personality.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What health effects does lithium provide?

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Dr. James Saccomando
Psychiatry 20 years experience
Mood Stabilizer: Lithium is the most effective mood stabilizer ever. Nothing has ever been shown to work better. This means that it can keep the range of your emotions under better control. It also offers some mild antidepressant effects. It even has been shown to lower suicide. No wonder we've been using it since 1949!
A 32-year-old member asked:

How should I approach psychiatrist about lithium medication?

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Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
No worries: Just let your psychiatrist know what's on your mind. Psychiatrists are well-trained and experienced. And, they've probably heard similar things before, so just speak up. If it makes you feel more comfortable, make a note about what you want to be sure to cover at your appointment. Your approach should be just fine, however you do it.

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