I'm starting on lithium and wondering what I will feel like when it starts working. Will I really notice any different?
Hi, Val! I started lithium about a year ago after decades of no response to other, more *modern* meds and I absolutely love it! I was afraid of it when I started ~ that I'd turn into a zombie, but I had no side effects at all.
How do I feel? Normal. Happy. Motivated.
My severe, rapid cycling mood swings began to *even out* and most important for me, my episodes of violent, aggressive rage disappeared altogether.
I feel much better physically too. I'm sleeping and eating well, and I have my interest in my hobbies and activities back.
I'm not 100% and probably never will be, but 80% feels great!
Best wishes, WCV
I have been on lithium for years. Lithium really does help me! It stabilizes my depression and prevents manic states. Be patient for the results. It can take a week or two to get your levels up enough to feel better. Make sure you get your blood checked by your doctor regularly so that the levels don't get too high. I personally cant take lithium carbonate, so I take Eskalith or litium carbonate ER. ER means extended release. This form of lithium is much better. As soon as your lithium levels get at the right levels, you will begin to feel much better!
At 1200mg/day (I think) after a while, I developed an almost unnoticable, really minor, shaking in my finger tips. I sadly didn't respond but it was a bit of a long shot anyway; quite some time ago. It caused me no concern or problem then and disappeared upon discontinuation.
Lithium is possibly one of the most benign medications I have ever taken. Except what I mentioned, that was it.
Best of luck and good wishes. Steve
I had a major depression in 2007 and was put on lithium along with Manerix. I had the stakes rely bad for months from lithium. But it went away gradually. I feel great on it. I have no depressions anymore. I can handle anything now. I have great self Confidence. I fell free!
Hope this helps you.
- Lithium Information for Consumers
- Lithium Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lithium (detailed)
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