The doc just prescribed me lithium about three days ago and I am beyond afraid to take it because of all the side effects I keep reading online about it. Please let me know what you have experienced. I'd really appreciate the stories.
Hi, Bunny! I have been taking lithium for over five years with no side effects at all and it's done a super job of controlling my manic/depressive mood swings, hostility, anxiety, etc. I couldn't recommend it more highly.
Be prepared for routine blood work which must be done every three to six months to monitor your lithium level and blood chemistries, but I think of it as a minor inconvenience.
You must also be careful to maintain adequate hydration by drinking at least 8 glasses of fluids every day especially in hot weather or when you're working out or doing strenuous work. Dehydration can send your lithium level soaring.
I hope your experience with lithium is as effective and problem free as mine has been! Please feel free to post with any questions or concerns you may have along the way.
My best, Wildcat
Bunnygirl; I'm with Wildcat years ago when I took it, for several years I had no side effects at all. This medication is just really a type of salt and the only thing I did not like was to have my blood tested. Believe me part is your condition that you are seeking help for that has you so worried I have dispensed so many thousands of this in my lifetime and never seen anyone taken off of it due to the side effects. And people that were on it for as many years as I can remember. please trust us and your doctor this is a lifesaver for many and any of the other medications have much worse side effects than they are putting in with the lithium. You have to put that aside and start the medication and do your best to not look for side effects. Lot's of the side effects our heads play games with us and we well think we are having them when we are not. Trust me I have done this by reading to much on medications.
You need to start taking it just so you can calm down and think clear this has been around longer than almost any of us. And as long as you do the blood test so they can regulate the dose you should have no problems. And if any of the minor ones do show up they normally go away with continued use. You well be just fine. Your would not want to read side effect's on aspirin, or Tylenol, or anything for your own sake give it a try. and talk to the pharmacist when you get it filled.
- Lithium Information for Consumers
- Lithium Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lithium (detailed)
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