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Doctor insights on: Lithium Withdrawal

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For how long does lithium withdrawal last?

Withdrawal?: Lithium is out of the body in about 3 days if stopped completely, but there usually aren't withdrawal symptoms from stopping. Of course, the original problem (the reason for taking it in the first place) could come back. Anyone stopping lithium should work closely with their prescribing doctor (psychiatrist), and contact them if they experience any symptoms. ...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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Abrupt Lithium withdrawal caused severe akathisia symptoms. 4 months later I still experience mild symptoms. What can I do? Doctors are confused.

Abrupt Lithium withdrawal caused severe akathisia symptoms. 4 months later I still experience mild symptoms. What can I do? Doctors are confused.

Get a second opinion: akathisia from drug withdrawal should, like ALL symptoms related to withdrawal, be transient and self-limited. However, I have seen many cases where such symptoms appear to persist, and it is never clear whether an underlying problems has been unmasked or it is an idiosyncratic individual response that is unusual/rare. Check for other diagnoses-eg restless leg syndrome) and treat symptomatically. ...Read more

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How do you treat persistent severe akathisia like symptoms from Lithium toxicity and withdrawal when benzos and propanolol cause breathing issues?

How do you treat persistent severe akathisia like symptoms from Lithium toxicity and withdrawal when benzos and propanolol cause breathing issues?

More info is needed: Are you in a hospital setting?how bad of a lithium intoxication? . A low dose lorazepam 0,5mg po q4-6 hours should help. Not sure what breathing problems u refer to, but you'll be monitored .If you are at home and can't take benzos, try a calming, long bath with calming salts, and lavanda oil. Followed by a long walk. ...Read more

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Is withdrawal from lithium related to the drug itself or lack of serotonin?

Is withdrawal from lithium related to the drug itself or lack of serotonin?

Deep question!: I would suspect like many things in psychiatry there is no absolute answer to your question. The evidence for withdrawal after discontinuation of lithium is unclear. It is generally thought manic and depressive recurrences after lithium discontinuation suggest rebound, but actual studies are absent to my knowledge. The answer for you may reside in what you have experienced personally. ...Read more

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Been off of Lithium for a month now. Just now starting to get over the withdrawal process of it. How much longer do I have?

Been off of Lithium for a month now. Just now starting to get over the withdrawal process of it. How much longer do I have?

Depends: Multiple factors can influence Lithium withdrawal. How long you were on Lithium, How high the dose and your metabolism. Gradual discontinuation over 30 days or reducing the dose by 10% every month until you are down to nothing is recommended in the literature. The message is I hope you are doing this under a Psychiatrist supervision. Good luck and keep asking questions. ...Read more

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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?

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

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I had chronic Lithium toxicity. I still get bad nerve sensations, burning pain, tingling. Every doctor denies permanent damage or withdrawal! Help!

I had chronic Lithium toxicity. I still get bad nerve sensations, burning pain, tingling. Every doctor denies permanent damage or withdrawal! Help!

Unclear: I'm unclear what information you're looking for, please clarify. I'm guessing you just want to be out of pain. First seek out diagnoses. If you aren't getting the answer and are still in pain, discuss these concerns with your primary care doctor. Also "Full Catastrophe Living" is a great resource for cases like this. ...Read more

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2 other psychiatrists agree that I've been misdiagnosed with manic depression. Was prescribed Lithium. How long does the withdrawal process last?

Don't worry.: It probably will be relatively easy. Work w/ the psych you feel good w/ if they'll be treating you but if you're on your own, read this piece to be safe. You'd need a doctor to prescribe the taper doses if necessary. Slow is better than cold turkey if you were on it at a high dose or for long. http://mentalhealthdaily.com/2014/04/24/lithium-withdrawal-symptoms-list-of-possibilities/ Hope it helps! ...Read more

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What is withdrawal?

Withdrawal: Is group of symptoms that occur upon sudden discontinuation or decrease in dose of medication or recreational drugs. The symptoms vary with the type of drug, how long u have been on it, its half-life, and whether other drugs are taken at same time. ...Read more

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Piate withdrawal help?

Opioid withdrawl hel: I assume you want to stop taking opioids. If you have been on these for a long time then have an md taper you off slowly. Alternatively if you have problems you may be a candidate for suboxone. Talk to your md. ...Read more

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How much time will the withdrawal last?

Depends on drug.: What are you withdrawing from? Different types of drugs have different lengths of withdrawal periods. It also depends on how much you used daily and for how long. Ask again and clarify. There's a 150 character limit for your question, inc. spaces and punctuation, so keep it brief but complete. It's excellent that you're trying to get clean! Good luck! ...Read more

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What medications can help for withdrawal.?

What medications can help for withdrawal.?

From what?: Naltrexone is often employed for help in quitting opioids and alcohol. It depends on what you arewithdrawing from. ...Read more

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What are they effects of heroine withdrawal?

Heroin Withdrawal: My heart goes out to you for needing to ask this valuable question. Withdrawal, which can include severe nausea, vomiting, shakes, seizures, sweating and shivers can be deadly at its worst. It is always best to have an addict in a medical setting if they may go into withdrawal as the detox from their drug of choice. ...Read more

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What remedies help with severe luprron withdrawal?

Lupron (leuprolide): An lh-rh analog, leuprolide is used in treatment of hormone-responsive cancers such as prostate or breast cancer, estrogen-dependent conditions (such as endometriosis or uterine fibroids, to treat precocious puberty and to control ovarian stimulation in in vitro fertilization. Withdrawal has been reported to cause leg cramps, sleeplessness and anxiety. All can be treated symptomatically. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: withdrawal?

Withdrawal: Symptoms upon abrupt discontinuation or decrease in intake of substances such as medications or illicit substances. ...Read more

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What do you think, could mhmr help me with withdrawals?

What do you think, could mhmr help me with withdrawals?

Services: Are you referring to the texas department of mental health mental retardation? I doubt that they provide for detoxification but call them and find out if you are eligible for services & if this is a covered treatment. Call 888-522-8262. ...Read more