I can't say about Lithium. I am taking 200 mg of Lamactal daily for BiPolar and I am full of energy. I am cycling again twice a week at 20-40 miles a ride. I wake up fresh and highly positive and ready to start the day with energy. I am not longer getting groggy during the day or napping. I sleep well at night. Also, I am very involved in twelve step recovery, sponsoring men, have a sponsor, working the steps and into servive to my AA group. Regarding libido... it is strong. I think that is a combination of not having those long periods or depression and being off the damn anti depressant meds. It was a big mistake to take those on top of Lamactal for me, anyway. It is also due to my new found serenity and positve and productive outlook on life which is a result of not only meds but the recovery work and God's help, of course.
I took Lithium for about 2 years after I was diagnosed and could hardly move. I got very sick on it-even to great difficulty walking and about 2/3 loss of my hair....I was not one of those people who could take Lithium
I take Klonopin, Lamictal and Seroquel now and am doing well energy-wise.
You can try Lamictal in increments and see how you do. Your body and your Pdoc will help. That's my vote.
- Lithium Information for Consumers
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- Side Effects of Lithium (detailed)
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