I was on lithium and got off of it for a month to try a new medicine that just didn't work. So I am now being put back on it. I was just wondering if anyone else has had to restart lithium and how long did it take to start working the second time? If you have restarted lithium did you develop any side effects the second time around that you didn't have at first. I am terrified of lithium because of all the bad effects it can have and the dangers of it, thus why i got off of it. I was taking 300 mg once daily and now will be taking 300 mg twice a day. Is this a normal dose? Any help that can be given would be great.
18 Oct 2012
Hello bluedaisy913. 600mg is not a high dose in regards to lithium. A part of the dose is taken into consideration as to age, height, weight. Does can vary from 600mg, 900mg up to 1200mg and if needed, higher. More often than not the dose is taken once per day. As to side effects, a person will likely be experiencing them, simply because the drug works on ones blood levels and not being on the drug all be it a several weeks etc. the body's system will once again have to adapt to the lithium. (A persons lithium level is usually always held to between 0.5 and 1.0.Your level (blood test) will usually be taken after beginning the drug, about 7 to 9 days. Then, if a adjustment is needed, its done accordingly. Regards pledge
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