Anyone use both separatly and can compare the two.
I did - I got better stabilization of mood with Lithium, but had severe stomach cramping and diarrhea each morning, plus my vision was so blurry I couldn't read. Tegretol really didn't help my mood swings much at all. It really differs from person to person - Lithium, for me, the side effects were WAY too much. But you might not have side effects at all. Lithium is usually the standard medication for bipolar, at least to start with, so that let's you know a lot of people got help from it. Hope this helps a bit. Take care - EJ23
I am taking tegretol now and have taken lithium and lithium er. For me tegretol has tremendously helped where the only thing lithium ever did for me was severe shaking to the point I couldn't function. I am bipolar 1 with psychotic features. It hasn't been perfect by any means but much better than lithium. Just remember everyone reacts differently to meds.
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