Hello bdbchamp. Lithium is one of the more difficult of drugs to determine in regards to side effects be they considered adverse or as a normal/common side effect due to its toxicity and yes nature. Depending on the length of time (all be it recent) I suggest you remain in contact with your doctor for her/his opinion. My point of view, answer to your inquiry, (not being a physician) is that the nausea as well as headache will ease up and diminish over time spent taking. Regards pledge
I can't stress enough how important it can be to make sure your lithium levels are correct. There is a small window of fluctuation between therapeutic and toxicity. The symptoms you described are the basic physical symptoms. I stand by lithium even though it isn't everyones's first choice. It is difficult to manage especially in high doses. Dehydration can change the toxicity, as can sodium rich foods for instance. I would suggest reading up on it and get regular levels and testing. It can cause irreversible damage if poorly maintained. Some may argue that, however they don't call it toxicity because its " no biggie". Self education goes a long way, be proactive in your treatment. Lithium can be a great choice if managed properly.
Sorry to hear Lithium did not work for you! For me I have been on it since 2007 and at first I had the shakes for months and thirsty. Now I am fine and it has been a life saver for me.
Hope you find something else that you can take to help your symptoms.
- Lithium Information for Consumers
- Lithium Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lithium (detailed)
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