User Reviews for Lithium

Also known as: Eskalith, Eskalith-CR, Lithium Carbonate ER, Lithobid, Lithonate, Lithotabs

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Cluster Headaches 5 reviews 35 medications
   
8.4
Mania 9 reviews 14 medications
   
8.4
Bipolar Disorder 95 reviews 48 medications
   
8.3
Schizoaffective Disorder 3 reviews 28 medications
   
8.0
Depression 4 reviews 75 medications
   
7.5
Borderline Personality Disorder 2 reviews 6 medications
   
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Summary of Lithium reviews 118 reviews 8.2

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Review by brenndo (taken for 1 to 6 months): User Rating:  
   
10

lithium for Bipolar Disorder: I had been on lamotrigine for nearly 10 years and I noticed that slowly over time it was losing its effectiveness, and my episodes had become more and more extreme, to the point of one of my depressive episodes becoming psychotic in nature. Then I was hospitalized and put on Lithium. After a month on the medication, and two weeks stable, my initial fears of lithium have faded. The medication has given me some unwanted side effects such as vision changes, hand tremors, muscle twitching but for the mental stability this medicine has given me... it's all worth it. My psychotic thoughts and depressive episode has mostly ended, and the blood tests are a pain but I highly recommend anyone with Bipolar, especially Bipolar I to be open minded.

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April 8, 2014 1:38 PM
Review by lexana (taken for 1 to 6 months): User Rating:  
   
1.0

Lithobid (lithium) for Bipolar Disorder: Many years ago I was diagnosed with bipolar ll. Lithium was my doctor's first choice. Not even sure how effective it was. The side effects were awful. I could not work, I lost down to 95 pounds. I was so weak I had difficulty climbing stairs. I shook so bad I could not sign my own name. Then my doctor started to add all sorts of medicines to counteract the side effects. I became hypothyroid had to take medicines for that, tremor had to take medicines for that (didn't work well). Dr. decreased dose (didn't help much). I was on leave from work for 12 weeks. Finally stopped the lithium. It took awhile for my Dr. to believe my problems with this medicine because they were not typical. Those 12 weeks were the worst.

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March 9, 2014 7:36 PM
Review by drk21: User Rating:  
   
10

lithium for Cluster Headaches: This is a godsend for daily cluster headaches.

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February 3, 2014 3:23 PM
Review by JenKat (taken for 1 to 6 months): User Rating:  
   
8.0

lithium for Bipolar Disorder: Currently on Lithicarb 500mg taken as 2 x 250mg tablets taken 1 morning and one night. Was bumped up to 750mg but reduced back after severe dry skin and digestive discomfort as side effects. Was finally put on lithium after previously being misdiagnosed with just depression and general anxiety & put on Venlafaxine which exacerbated my mania...hence was finally correctly diagnosed with bipolar. Suicidal thoughts are now minimal and I got over the need to pee excessively which comes with increasing your fluid intake after first starting my meds. Now I am 4 months in & I have gained weight but that doesn't bother me as much as my loss of creativity & general lack of motivation. On the plus side, this doesn't bother me as much as it should.

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December 28, 2013 1:48 AM
Review by CrackerMan21 (taken for 1 to 6 months): User Rating:  
   
1.0

lithium for Mania: For some, lithium is the most effective choice for bipolar mania. Unfortunately for me, it's not. My body rebelled against it immediately and without pause for its entire 60-day 'trial'. My bowels were never solid the entire time. I'm amazed now that I never recognized any dehydration symptoms over that time. It worked for my dear departed mother, but not for me, but I gave it a shot.

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December 12, 2013 7:48 AM
Review by Pineapple38 (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
10

lithium for Bipolar Disorder: I've been taking Lithium for three weeks now. For the first time in years I feel balanced. My major ups and downs have subsided and I do not have any side effects at all. Since I work in construction I monitor my fluid intake to avoid too much lithium in my system. The only drawback to drinking more water is having to frequent the restroom more often. My sleep has improved as well so all my previous medications are no longer needed. Currently I'm on 300mg 3x/day. Everybody's body responds differently to every medication out there and luckly I found something great.

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October 30, 2013 9:24 PM
Review by Proponent of Lithium For Suicidal Ideation: User Rating:  
   
9.0

lithium for Depression: Lithium is my Wonder Drug. I'm 51, was depressed on & off for years, had major depression for 7+ years, & have been suicidal since age 7. The last 2 years were exhausting trying to stay ahead of the suicidal pull in spite of entering therapy & getting medicated. I finally asked my psychiatrist for ANY aggressive treatment -- regardless of the severity of the side effects -- because I was going to lose the battle. He asked me to try Lithium, first. Within a month, I had ZERO desire to kill myself. Side effects: Major leg tremors (I take Effexor). I feel a little flat, but NO complaints; I can't REMEMBER the last time I wasn't suicidal, DAILY. I'm STUNNED at how this "alternative" feels & am glad I held on long enough to experience it.

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October 21, 2013 6:18 AM
Review by jaqi (taken for 2 to 5 years): User Rating:  
   
9.0

lithium for Bipolar Disorder: I have been taking lithium bicarbonate for a little over 2 years. My dosage has fluctuated because I am also medicated for manic depression. I am 37 and have been medicated, on and off, for depression since I was 18. Lithium seems to help with my bipolar symptoms, not so much for my depression. My side effects have been: increased thirst, tremors, weight loss & occasional stomach aches if I do not eat enough when I take my pills. I am fine with these so long as I feel 'normal.' Frequent blood work is not bothersome as I understand they are screening for my own health...lithium toxicity levels, kidney functions, thyroid activity.

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October 20, 2013 9:08 PM
Review by Bearcat315 (taken for 10 years or more): User Rating:  
   
9.0

lithium for Bipolar Disorder: I have taken lithium since I was diagnosed with bipolar 1 in 1993. I stopped taking it for 10 years and then started taking it again and it's been 6 years back on it. I wouldn't substitute this medication. It works very well. The correct dosage is what matters most. The therapeutic window is 0.6 to 1.2 just because the level is slightly lower isn't always bad. It's alright to manage some of the symptoms but when it gets above 1.2 toxicity becomes an issue. It has to be maintained properly. My only drawback is occasional hand tremors and in high doses it tends to dull personality.

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October 10, 2013 5:02 AM
Review by sues1066: User Rating:  
   
1.0

lithium for Depression: Have suffered with clinical depression for fifteen years and have been on numerous antidepressants. Have now been taking lithium for 9 months and have had a lot of problems including hands shaking, legs feeling as though they are going to give way a lot of the time, whole body feeling heavy, nausea, parts of my body suddenly jerking, sweating, but worst of all I feel as though I have had a personality transplant and do not recognize the agitated person I have become, the nightmares, my partner is very concerned. I am reducing the dose to come off it. I have just noticed on this site that it has a high interaction risk if taken with venlafaxine which I have been prescribed with it at the same time.

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October 8, 2013 4:16 PM
Review by lsrigg (taken for 10 years or more): User Rating:  
   
10

lithium for Depression: Started Lithium in 1986. This has been my bedrock since then. In 2011 my doctor added Wellbutrin because I was sub-clinically depressed and felt stuck.

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August 20, 2013 11:39 AM
Review by 123Katherine123 (taken for 2 to 5 years): User Rating:  
   
10

lithium for Depression: I was on many anti-depressants and none of them helped with my suicidal thoughts except lithium. Some medications I was on made me better, but very flat and emotionless. For me, lithium only takes the sharp edges off the bad emotions and leaves room for good (but not manic) ones. I had slight hand tremors for about a year after starting this, which was annoying but not incapacitating. They are gone now. I also gained about 10 pounds during the first few months, but lost it easily and I am now lighter than when I started. People used to tell me: Oh you'll gain so much weight, but it is mostly water weight because you get very thirsty. Overall, my quality of life is much, much better. Also you can safely stay on lithium for years.

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August 6, 2013 3:01 PM
Review by Lysse (taken for 1 to 6 months): User Rating:  
   
7.0

lithium for Borderline Personality Disorder: Didn't help win the emotional attachment aspect of Borderline Personality Disorder, but it definitely reduced my suicidal thoughts and self harm urges.

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July 22, 2013 1:49 PM
Review by Ceareal1978 (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
6.0

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.

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June 17, 2013 4:43 PM
Review by Lilli in Waiting (taken for 10 years or more): User Rating:  
   
8.0

Eskalith (lithium) for Bipolar Disorder: This has been a great medication for me. It brought me out of a 4-year-long depression, and I have been on it over a decade with minimal side effects.

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May 28, 2013 7:08 PM
Review by lynn (taken for less than 1 month):

lithium for Bipolar Disorder: I notice improvement, after 4 days

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May 5, 2013 6:26 PM
Review by Lith Guy (taken for 2 to 5 years):

lithium for Bipolar Disorder: Lithium worked amazing wonders for me... for about a month. Then it stopped. I've been trying to get it to work again for two years.

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April 24, 2013 6:00 PM
Review by plibs: User Rating:  
   
9.0

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.

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April 5, 2013 2:07 AM
Review by Anita12234: User Rating:  
   
10

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.

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April 2, 2013 4:34 PM
Review by gertie67 (taken for 1 to 2 years): User Rating:  
   
10

Lithobid (lithium) for Schizoaffective Disorder: Most effective medicine I've had so far. Unfortunately, had to stop taking due to kidney effects.

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March 24, 2013 11:37 AM
Review by DirtyDrew (taken for 6 months to 1 year): User Rating:  
   
10

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.

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March 11, 2013 12:20 PM
Review by crusader0 (taken for 10 years or more): User Rating:  
   
8.0

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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January 13, 2013 9:56 AM
Review by bjayz81 (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
10

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.

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December 30, 2012 5:34 AM
Review by tdcookie (taken for 2 to 5 years): User Rating:  
   
9.0

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.

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December 7, 2012 5:20 AM
Review by Anonymous (taken for 2 to 5 years): User Rating:  
   
2.0

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.

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October 5, 2012 5:52 PM
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