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what are ther long term effects of lithium?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Kidneys: In some cases chronic lithium therapy has led to nephrogenic diabetes insipidus.
Dr. Ravi Chand
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Lithium: Major long term concerns with lithium are chronic kidney failure (uncommon), and thyroid issues, can cause low thyroid. It can interact with Motrin and nsaids, coffee, some blood pressure meds can lead to lithium toxicity and increase risk of morbidity and mortality. Needs careful clinical and lab monitoring.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali commented
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Agree. Other effects can be Cardiac Arrhythmias in susceptible individuals, & birth defects in pregnant mothers taking lithium.
Aug 25, 2013
Dr. Caroline Cribari
Psychiatry 23 years experience
Lithium benefits: Lithium can provide protection from neurodegeneration=degredation and death of nerves even associated with mood illness as well as related with aging! if the patient tolerates lithium, it can prevent episodes of mania and depression that would otherwise disrupt a person's life. Lithium has been shown to save lives.

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

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Dr. Paul Pancner
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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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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 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.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What kind of doctor do I have to find to be weaned off both my lithium?

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Dr. Kenneth Adler
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Lithium: A psychiatrist would advise on use of lithium and appropriatness of discontinuation.

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