... horrible smell. Is this a side effect? It is making me feel really down, and I am constantly washing and checking. Thank you
Increased or decreased urination is listed as a side effect. But unusual smell in urinate is not listed. You should check with your doctor.
Check this link. Wildcat covered everything.
I took lithium for many years and never had this problem and it's not listed as a side effect of the medication directly. But lithium can affect the kidneys which process urine and can sometimes cause
a strong odor. Also, high levels of bacteria and/or proteins can cause strong smelling urine.
I don't want to contribute to your anxiety but I think you might want to see your doctor and have some tests run to be sure your kidneys are functioning properly and to rule out any other underlying cause.
Best regards to you,
- Lithium Information for Consumers
- Lithium Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lithium (detailed)
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