Also known as: Eskalith, Eskalith-CR, Lithobid, Lithonate, Lithotabs
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Review by Ceareal1978 (taken for less than 1 month):
lithium for Bipolar Disorder: I have found lithium works awesome for my depression/bipolar however the side effects are causing a problem. After couple weeks the nausea has not gone away. I am losing my instant memory and found myself confused when doing or talking about a topic, I can't remember what I just said or heard.
lithium for Bipolar Disorder: Terrific against mania, haven't had a manic episode in 2 years. Also with barely any manic symptoms. However, for me it's not great against depression but does help a little. It also helped with suicidal tendencies.
lithium for Cluster Headaches: Lithium saved my life. Nothing worked on my cluster headaches until my Dr. prescribed lithium. It was miraculous and worked within 24 hours. It broke the cycle. Subsequently I have also used oxygen therapy and it too has been very effective. Just not as easy as taking a pill, but less side effects.
Review by DirtyDrew (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
lithium for Bipolar Disorder: In 4 weeks, lithium took me from constantly obsessing about suicide, to having almost no suicidal ideation. Minor side effects include extra urination, and minor nausea if taken without enough food.
lithium for Bipolar Disorder: I have been taking lithium since 1983, It has kept me stable but I miss the highs, my creative side has disappeared, can't concentrate and I lose interest in things and I have been told I must take lithium for the rest of my life.
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lithium for Bipolar Disorder: I have suffered with bipolar disorder as long as I can remember its been one manic episode after another. I'm 31 now and have been on lithium for 3 and a half weeks in now and for the last 3 days have felt the best I ever have, I feel stable and finally am free of the need to self medicate. I know its only early days and have had some side effects such as extreme thirst, minor weight gain and hate the blood tests but this is a small price to pay for finally feeling well. Hope other people with this illness have the same success as I'm getting. All the best.
16 users found this comment helpful.
lithium for Bipolar Disorder: Lithium has been very good for me.Like every medication that I have ever took it seems not to work as well after a year or so.I have been Bipolar since 2004 and depressed since 1984.
lithium for Borderline Personality Disorder: Turned me into a zombie and made me gain at least 60 pounds. Lithium completely numbed out my emotions until I could no longer function. I was on it for 3 years and nobody would take me off of it because I have adverse reactions to most mood stabilizers that could replace it and they viewed me having no moods at all as better than having symptomatic Borderline Personality Disorder. I barely have any memories from the time I was on lithium. I was eventually taken off it because it started driving me into rage.
10 users found this comment helpful.
lithium for Mania: Aside from some of the crummy side effects, bipolar disorder would not and could not be tolerable without lithium. I used to take Depakote alone, now I take lithium and Depakote and can honestly say that keep me even...most of the time.
lithium for Bipolar Disorder: This drug has saved two of my very good friends from what I really belive would have been both of their deaths. The 1st friend was an emotional wreck, and the 2nd friend was a suicidal cutter, and BOTH have gotten their lives back and are on the right path with this medication. Both did gain some weight and got some acne, but when you look at the alternative, I think they are both beyond grateful for it all! As am I, so I think if someone you know is like this, please get them to a doctor who knows about bi-polar disorder, and get them onto this medication, it really truly DOES WORK for a lot of folks suffering through their life, when there is NO NEED to! Help them! WE ALL DESERVE TO LIVE A SOMEWHAT "NORMAL" LIFE!
21 users found this comment helpful.
Eskalith (lithium) for Bipolar Disorder: I've been on lithium for a long time for bipolar 1. Use as part of combination therapy since I can't tolerate doses over 600 mg/day (start shaking, skin numbness). Works very well for treating manic side of things, racing thoughts.
I have been taking lithium and myopia has been more stable and relaxed after many years of instability through my adolescent years. Now entering into adulthood I realized my condition and now take responsibility in taking lithium which helps a lot.
lithium for Mania: Have been suffering for 14 years with various levels of Mania.
I was finally prescribed 300mg Lithium Carbonate for Bi-Polar. Skeptical of yet another wrong diagnosis, I tried 150 mg for 2 weeks.
I saw an improvement after the first night. I was able to fall straight asleep and woke up without tremors or intense crazy dreams. YAY!
After about the first week, my life started slowing down and I could get nothing done.
I stopped taking it and the mania stayed away for about 2 weeks. The Mania has just started coming back.
12 users found this comment helpful.
lithium for Bipolar Disorder: After 17 years of complete toment to my family and myself, Lithium saved my life. Side effects can be tough to live with such as constant dry mouth, 25 lbs of weight gain, acne, and feeling very sluggish. Lithium SAVED MY LIFE!
lithium for Bipolar Disorder: I've been on probably 15 different medications in the 10 years I've been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. Lithium is the only one where my mood truly feels stable. It allows me to do everyday things without the hassle of fighting myself, my mood and everyone around me. I did get off it a few years ago in a state of Depression, but am now back on it. Every other mood stabilizer I've tried hasn't compared.
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