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can i get a tatoo when im taking lithium for bi polor?

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Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
Yes: There is no contraindication to tattooing but just be sure that the art from the ink is something you really want since it will stay on you for a long time. For example, having one's BF's name on a tattoo is often not a good idea. Also consider not tattooing areas which cannot be covered by clothing just in case you have a job which is not compatible with your tattoo.
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
People who have tattoos always regret them as they get older. Better get temporary tattoos which can be washed off.
Jul 29, 2017
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
No: Tattooing is a form of self-mutilation. With your history of behavioral illness your should refrain from adding to your disease burden. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex.

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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.
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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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