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Lithium Carbonate Withdrawal Symptoms
Can I go through withdrawal symptoms if I immediately stop taking lithium 300mg and Abilify (aripiprazole) 5mg both once per day? And if so, what are they?
Unlikely: I think it unlikely u would experience withdrawal by discontinuing 5 mg of Abilify (aripiprazole) and 300 mg of lithium. My biggest concern would be a return or worsening of whatever conditions these were intended to treat. Please speak to your doctor before stopping your meds. ...Read more
Lithium carbonate is a medication approved to treat bipolar type 1 acute manic episodes. It is also used for as maintenance therapy to prevent future bipolar mood episodes. Its clinically efficacy is related to serum levels which require blood draws. It can cause a minor to serious side effects and is life threatening in overdose. For additional information, please refer ...Read more
How long does it take for lithium carbonate to be effective for bipolar II symptoms? And what is theraputic level? Thanks.
Varies: Onset of benefit can occur in days. This is very welcomed when this occurs but it is not discouraging if it doesn't. Depend end on a patients course of illness benefit from lithium can be realized over a few to several weeks. Therapeutic blood levels for lithium range from 0.5 to 1.2 meq/l. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Which is the average lithobid (lithium carbonate) daily intake in men for reaching therapeutic levels? i'm on 1200mg daily and in my last check my levels were 3,9mEq/L
No average dose: There is not an "average" dose. That is why blood work needs to be drawn to make sure the dose is correct. There are numerous reasons that the dose can be different including age, other medications, kidney function, etc. ...Read more
?Withdrawal: Depends on what u r withdrawing from. Please clarify. ...Read more
Slowly reduce: Alcohol withdrawal is one of the few withdrawals that can be life threatening. If you can't reduce the amount your drinking gradually, you may want to find a rehab or detox to assess you and keep you safe, to avoid seizures and delirium tremens. Staying in a low stimulation environment can be helpful, and trying to relax and avoid stressful situations can help. ...Read more
Go to the ER: YOU CAN GO TO YOUR PHARMACIST SOME OF THEM DEPEND ON THE MEDICATION CAN GIVE YOU FEWW PILLS TO SUSTAINED YOU UNTIL THEY CAN GET HOLD OF YOUR DOCTOR IF NOT GO TO THE ER THEY CAN GIVE A Rx to help you until you see your doctor ...Read more
Go slow, work w doc: 1. A slow, gradual dose taper is best. Go especially slowly as you approach zero. This can take weeks in tough cases. 2. Decrease the daily dose, don't stretch out the time between doses. 3. Sometimes it helps to substitute a different benzo (or phenobarbital) that has a longer half-life. 4. Work closely with your prescribing doctor. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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