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If you go off lithium properly, but then go back on it a month or two later. Is it true that it may not have the same effect as it originally did?

If you go off lithium properly, but then go back on it a month or two later. Is it true that it may not have the same effect as it originally did?

No : While I am not sure how to go off lithium "properly", there is no evidence that stopping and restarting the medication leads to a decrease in the medication's effectiveness. However, if you are treating a mood disorder, like bipolar disorder, every episode of a mood problem makes it harder in the future to treat it. So it may appear that the medicine stops working but it is just harder to treat. ...Read more

Lithium (Definition)

Chemically, lithium is a light, soft, alkali metal. It's very highly reactive, so that in nature it's only found in compound form. It's useful in batteries. As a medication, Lithium Carbonate and citrate can be used to stabilize mood in people with bipolar disorder. In these people it can help with both mania and depression. Blood level monitoring is ...Read more


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I have been off of Lithium for a month now. Increase in anxiety. Will these symptoms go away? If so how long?

I have been off of Lithium for a month now. Increase in anxiety. Will these symptoms go away? If so how long?

Psychiatric consult: Consult a psychiatrist for this question to make sure another medication is not warranted for the anxiety. Also, go to a psychodynamically trained psychologist to assess for non=psychiatric reasons for the anxiety. ...Read more

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What is lithium for?

What is lithium for?

Lithium: Lithium is one medication that can be used to treat bipolar disorder. In people with this condition, it can stabilize mood so that the person does not suffer manic episodes or severe depression. Blood levels must be monitored carefully along with thyroid and kidney function as well as electrolytes. ...Read more

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What is lithium used for?

What is lithium used for?

Lithium Carbonate: (LiCO3) is an older tx for bi-polar disorder, better managing the highs than the lows, from my experience. If your question is about Lithium in general, there are lots of uses, at large. Wikipedia actually has a good description of these, keeping in mind, this is Wikipedia... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithium ...Read more

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What is lithium? What is it prescribed?

What is lithium? What is it prescribed?

An element: Lithium is a very simple compound, it is an element, #3 on the periodic table. It is was really the first psychiatric drug that we had. It is typically prescribed now for bipolar disorder, where patients have depressive and manic (elevated mood) episodes. However, lithium also is a good antidepressant in itself and is often added for major depression, and it has been proven to reduce suicide. ...Read more

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What are the effects of taking lithium?

Depends: Therapeutic effects can include mood stability, less mania, less depression and decreased risk of suicide. Side effects may include nausea, metallic taste in mouth, tremor, sedation, thirst, frequent urination and weight gain. Lithium levels should be monitored regularly as should thyroid and kidney function. ...Read more

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Is lithium carcinogenic?

Is lithium carcinogenic?

No real data: On jul, 20, 2012: 12, 542 people reported to have side effects when taking lithium carbonate. Among them, 3 people (0.02%) have pancreatic cancer. The fda does not consider it a carcinogen and neither does the world health organization. ...Read more

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Im on lithium wondering if the spacy- confusion side effects will go away? It has lots of little effects but they come n go fast

Im on lithium wondering if the spacy- confusion side effects will go away? It has lots of little effects but they come  n go fast

Lithium Tx.: Can you be more specific? How are you taking it, what is your blood level, any other underlying medical conditions, what results and when was your last complete lab panel with thyroid and HGB a1c, etc? ...Read more

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Took Lithium for 2 days. Having increase in anxiety, will this go away? I wasn't like this before I had taken Lithium. I was misdiagnosed.

Took Lithium for 2 days. Having increase in anxiety, will this go away? I wasn't like this before I had taken Lithium. I was misdiagnosed.

Check blood levels: Your blood levels may be elevated causing you side effects. You should get that looked into right away since lithium can be toxic to the kidneys rather quickly if it gets too high without being put into check. ...Read more

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My lithium levels are 3,33 mEq/L so my new daily intake is 1200mg. Since on lithium I have persistent decreased memory, is it going to get worse?

My lithium levels are 3,33 mEq/L so my new daily intake is 1200mg. Since on lithium I have persistent decreased memory, is it going to get worse?

Blood levrks: Therapeutic lithium levels are between 0.5 - 1.5mEq/L when drawn 8-12 hours after last dose. Levels above 2.0 are more likely associated with adverse events. Levels above 3.0 can be dangerous. Consultation with MD should be sought on an urgent basis. ...Read more

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I'm on lithium, 2 weeks ago i had pink spotting for an hour, than a 2 days later the same thing and a pg test came back negative what is going on?

I'm on lithium,  2 weeks ago i had pink spotting for an hour, than a 2 days later the same thing and a pg  test came back negative what  is going on?

Not likely related: Your spotting may be unrelated to your lithium use. However you need to further investigate its cause as regular pregnancy test may not yet be positive depending on what stage you are in your menstrual cycle. Lithium has been associated with cardiac abnormalities in offsprings of patients on the medication hence the need for caution with its use especially in the early stages of pregnancy. ...Read more

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I'm going to see if lithium is for me. My fam doc is not a shrink. Will he no how much ill need & i won't die from it in the 1st month like people say?

I'm going to see if lithium is for me. My fam doc is not a shrink. Will he no how much ill need & i won't die from it in the 1st month like people say?

Lithium: I see that you've been on Depakote also. If you have a complex problem like bipolar disorder, you're best served by a psychiatrist guiding your treatment. Once stabilized, some bipolar patients are followed by their primary care physicians. Lithium levels need to be monitored carefully, which i assume your family doctor realizes if s/he has agreed to work with you on this. ...Read more

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What schedule is Lithium ?

Not a Control: In the US Controlled medications are II-IV.
Lithium is a prescription medication but not a controlled one. ...Read more

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Why do I feel so shaky on lithium.

Why do I feel so shaky on lithium.

Lithium: Common side effect to some forms of lithium, such as the lithium carbonate. Talk to your doctor about possible other forms of lithium such as the long acting lithobid or eskalith. Also, lithium blood levels & serum electrolytes monitoring. ...Read more

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My lithium level was 1.4 is this ok?

Yes it is: Call your psychiatrist today please to seek out a corrective measure before the day is done ps. Upper limit is 1.2. Take care ...Read more

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I had too much lithium, what should I do?

I had too much lithium, what should I do?

Lithium Over Dose.: Don't have any idea how much lithium we are talking about. For an overdose of lithium be seen at the emergency room. ...Read more