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User Reviews for Lithium

Also known as: Eskalith, Eskalith-CR, Lithium Carbonate ER, Lithobid, Lithonate, Lithotabs

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Cyclothymic Disorder 2 reviews 0 medications
   
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Mania 10 reviews 14 medications
   
8.5
Cluster Headaches 5 reviews 35 medications
   
8.4
Schizoaffective Disorder 3 reviews 28 medications
   
8.0
Bipolar Disorder 167 reviews 33 medications
   
7.8
Depression 10 reviews 78 medications
   
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Borderline Personality Disorder 3 reviews 0 medications
   
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Summary of Lithium reviews 200 reviews 7.8

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For Depression: "Was on it for over a month. Made me extremely sad, much more than usual and caused some constant, very scary suicidal ideation. When I went off it I felt better, (as better as I can be), immediately."

   
1.0

Kyle BC (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 25, 2016

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For Bipolar Disorder: "I was on lithium carbonate, for 21 years. Mentally I found lithium to be a very effective mood stabiliser. The physical effects of lithium, is what affected me in the long term. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, after being on lithium for 7 years, which my doctor attributed to being on lithium long term, and after being on lithium for 21 years, I was diagnosed with Nephrogenic diabetes insipidus, which an endocrinologist, attributed to being on lithium long term, the symptoms of this are increase thirst and increase urination, as I passed 10 litres of urine in a 24 urine test. Recently I have just had one of my kidneys removed due to renal cancer, which I attribute to the long term use of lithium also."

   
3.0

Rusty1966 July 16, 2016

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For Bipolar Disorder: "I am labeled bipolar II. I take 1200 mg of lithium a day. It has helped in my case. No more fast cycling manias, no real bouts of depression. The downside is that hurt the libido as I have seen some studies where it can decrease testerone and my level is low. It all started when I started the lithium. I experience flat emotion, what made me realize it was it was hard to grieve when my mom passe. Typically, nothing never really effects me, I rarely feel stress or pressured, I am indifferent to most things. I am on Wellbutrin, lamictal and occasional Xanax but the lithium is the culprit I believe. So now it's a trade off, get off it and play merry go round the meds Or keep on it and deal with the side effects, I go back and forth on it."

   
8.0

Itguy41 (taken for 2 to 5 years) July 12, 2016

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For Depression: "I took this drug in combination with Zoloft and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, and ever since then my ability to write and create has just not been the same. I have been off of these drugs for a few months and these things have not returned to normal, which is quite distressing. Unfortunately it's impossible to tell if this problem resulted from the lithium, the Zoloft, the TMS or some combination of all three. Regardless of its effect on my capacity for written expression, I did not experience any relief from this medication. For instance, lithium is supposed to reduce suicidal thoughts, but I did not notice any decrease in these feelings or inclinations at all; nor did it help with sadness, motivation, etc."

   
1.0

Lucy33 July 8, 2016

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For Bipolar Disorder: "Been on lithium about 26 years. Currently on 1,200mg putting my lithium level at 1.0. It dramatically improved my sleep which without lithium is a major problem. It has made me more pleasant to be around, close to stopped my angry, irritable ways and keeps me from destroying relationships. No weight gain, mild tremor and dry mouth. This medication I combination with lower dose Prozac has saved my life and given me a quality life. Outstanding medication and very inexpensive!"

   
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Anonymous (taken for 10 years or more) July 6, 2016

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For Bipolar Disorder: "I have bipolar I disorder, usually mixed episodes. I've been on lithium for about 14 years. Lithium controls the cycling, keeps me free from mania, and causes absolutely no side-effects whatsoever. My lab tests have always been fine. I take 1200 mg a day. I also take quetiapine 300 mg and risperidone 2 mg a day."

   
9.0

SueX2016 (taken for 10 years or more) July 5, 2016

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For Bipolar Disorder: "I have bI polar was diagnosed last year and since I was a baby I had epilepsy. Anyway, I've been on Lithium for a long time and hate it. It killed my thyroid. When I started taking it, first blood test I took a month later. When results came out my doctor said I have hypothyroidism now. I had a lot of pain that I could not even move, and I was cold from my hypothyroidism. It was all from this pill. I want to be off of it. I fund anticonvulsant pills that also does bipolar, I showed it to him. And he says that my neurologist has to agree. I see her end of this month. Do not take Lithium.... it kills your thyroid!"

   
1.0

Sam415 (taken for 1 to 2 years) July 3, 2016

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For Bipolar Disorder: "I'm currently between diagnoses of Bipolar II and BPD. I started on 400mg Lithium (taking my level to 0.3) and already felt some effects with it. I recently increased this to 600mg and whilst I feel like myself again, I have a few side effects. A lot of nausea, being put off of food, an extreme thirst (which isn't a bad thing because it's important to stay super hydrated on Lithium!), minor muscle weakness and stomach issues. When starting and increasing the dose, I became incredibly gassy (thankfully, odourless!) and have had slight stomach upsets. I've also found acid reflux to be a huge symptom for me also, whether it is caused by taking Lithium alongside Celexa (Citalopram) and Inderal (Propranolol), I'm unsure. overall, great drug."

   
9.0

cognition (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 3, 2016

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For Cyclothymic Disorder: "I've been on lithium for 4 months now. As far as helping my mental symptoms I couldn't be happier BUT after about 2 months my hair started coming out. My doctor assured me it was not the lithium (even though it's a documented side effect). He said it was due to the huge amount of stress I had been under and hair shedding was the effect of it now 3 months later. Well, after 4 months my hair is STILL coming out and I have 1/3 of the hair I had before. I cringe everytime I wash it because I don't want to see all those strands circling the drain. My doctor insists I continue it and he hasn't even offered to change it (only reduce the dose 1 month ago). Folks I have had enough!! I decided to try lithium orotate OTC. I started it today."

   
10

I need my hair July 1, 2016

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For Bipolar Disorder: "Poison for your body. It was sold to me like all docs who can push pills sell them, essentially docs are drug dealers, they feel strange not pushing pills on you, like they missed a sale, failed. They have no regard for your body, trust me! I have had over 16 years of experience. On 300mg, my thyroid was bad, after 3 weeks at this dose, even though too low per my doc to bring up #'s on blood test, he pushed for 900mg, the tiredness, constant dehydration, salty taste in mouth, then what it has already done to my thyroid (Hormones = Mood), I"m done! BTW, never been so angry since I was on this drug, finally stopped to realize, since I was on Lithium very irritable. It does not get rid of depression. It does turn you into a zombie."

   
2.0

Bipolar 2 (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 17, 2016

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For Bipolar Disorder: "I was on this for Bipolar II, but diagnosis later withdrawn. This drug. Knocks. You. Out. And it also gives you tremors, so don't plan to do precision anything if you're on it. It dehydrates you and makes you have to pee a lot."

   
2.0

Blehmehmechheh (taken for less than 1 month) June 16, 2016

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For Bipolar Disorder: "I started lithium nearly 2 years ago, thyroid went almost instantly along with energy and about 10% of my hair. Then followed by liver (they keep saying liver isn't affected but I never had a problem with my liver and had blood tests done 3 months before my lithium start). I have a huge personal event happen that shattered those around me but I am completely numb. When you can't feel then you have to ask is it worth it."

   
4.0

Mary's little lamb (taken for 2 to 5 years) June 16, 2016

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For Bipolar Disorder: "I have been using lithium for over a year and it really made me like a normal me again in few months. I used to be very angry, anxious, sad and suicidal. Together with celexa. I was able to be like normal again but i gained 30lbs from my normal weight 110lbs. That is why i took one point off. I trained and just finished marathon. But my weight is not even a pound down. I just have my blood test done th today. Will see doctor tomorrow and see if i could reduce the dose for a better weight result."

   
9.0

Busy lazy bee June 10, 2016

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For Depression: "it helped somewhat for my antidepressant to work"

   
3.0

TOPALE June 7, 2016

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For Bipolar Disorder: "It's like being extremely hung over eveyday. Clouded head, no energy, diarrhea and dehydrated. Not fun at all. I guess I'll be manic. Tremors like you've been on a 3 day bender. Anxiety levels are high. They were right when they said it doesn't work for everyone. Hope you have a better experience than me."

   
1.0

Goldendoodles June 3, 2016

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For Bipolar Disorder: "I have been taking 1200mg daily (900mg daily 1/2 of the time), but for over 18 years. This drug does appear to soften the lows and highs. However extreme moods still occur while on this drug, it appears to be effective. This seems to be the staple Bipolar drug, and many cocktails prescribed by doctors include this. I have not seen any bad side effects from this, other than being very thirsty from time to time. With that, I do carry more water weight than the average person. I know this because I will often weigh myself before going to sleep, then go to the bathroom various times through the night and morning, and find that I "lose" upwards to 5 pounds. The yearly or 6 month blood tests are annoying, but so far my kidneys are okay."

   
8.0

Manuel231 (taken for 10 years or more) May 15, 2016

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For Bipolar Disorder: "I am bipolar II. My problem is the severe depression. I have taken antidepressants in the past which didn't work. I don't have hallucinations or hear voices, but my depression is so severe that it feels like I have bugs crawling inside my brain. The top of my head feels like a heavy brick is sitting on top, and I experience numbess in my head and throughout my extremities. I believe I do experience delusional thought patterns combined with guilt. After adding lithium to my antidepressant, imipramine, my breakdowns are eliminated. It can take several weeks for these meds to lift the symptoms. I actually get better everyday until I am well, again. Lithium in combination of imipramine has saved my life! Side effects aren't bad. Lifesaver!"

   
9.0

violet 999 (taken for 1 to 2 years) May 10, 2016

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For Bipolar Disorder: "Lithium has cut my suicidal thinking drastically and helped my sleep. For 20 years I have fantasized about suicide from between 25 times and 300 times a week consistently. I took latuda and lamictal for bipolar and had very little sleep on both and the suicidal thinking got too intense. Been on lithium for 3 months now and the suicidal thinking has diminished to between 0 and 5 times a week. Huge difference. Have not noticed any adverse side effects. I am on a regular sleep schedule now as well. Highly recommended for the overly suicidal thinker like me."

   
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surfzulu (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 9, 2016

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For Bipolar Disorder: "After being misdiagnosed and mistreated for 20 years, I finally understood that I am bipolar type 2. I noticed a huge difference on lithium (I don't have any other meds whatsoever now) the first day I took it as I immediately leveled out. The antidepressant effect took slightly longer to kick in but this medication has changed my life. I don't feel cut off like I did on SSRI meds and I don't have any side effects at all. All my blood work has been perfect and I am really pleased beyond any expectations with the effect and the total lack of side effects. I don't feel like I am on a medication at all - it feels like I have suddenly become normal. "

   
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XcghCgjj May 4, 2016

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For Bipolar Disorder: "Turned me into a lifeless zombie"

   
2.0

rxqp89 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) April 22, 2016

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For Borderline Personality Disorder: "Made me feel dependant on them"

   
8.0

Ginnylynn (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 26, 2016

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For Bipolar Disorder: "44 years old officially diagnosed 3 years ago. Although I was manic for many years. I had huge opportunity and am a successful business man with a number of company's. I have 3 beautiful children that are the only reason I'm here today.. like many I'm so fed up with my illness I can drag you down in life. it's extremely complicated affair.. I have been pretty much on many combinations, quetiapine which I still take 600mg tried all of the following without any success side effects horrendous for me venlaxerfin, abiblify, pregabaline like, olanzapine, I currently have to taking the gamble and trying lithium now on 400 mg with 600mg quetiapine, 150 lamatrogine, zoucline 7.5 6 mill diagram. . On lithium so far no side effects however not feeling a benefit"

   
6.0

sp3nc3r March 24, 2016

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For Bipolar Disorder: "Started treatment on Lithium in the midst of a major depressive episode. Started on 400mg and gradually titrated up to 1000mg. In short, I love this med. I've had very few side effects; I've gained weight but I think this is mainly due to Quetiapine which I take alongside Lithium. I still experience major shifts in mood, but lithium has made me far less suicidal, less inclined to self harm and has majorly improved my focus, concentration span, verbal dexterity and, in part, manic spells. I am now in what would normally be a manic phase in my cycle and, whilst I still feel a little jittery and excitable, it's far better than before. Only minor set back is my thyroid function is a little high, but I'm monitoring this with doc. Recommended."

   
8.0

CharlieTD March 12, 2016

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For Cyclothymic Disorder: "Ok, we all know that people respond differently to meds BUT this is my story. I was on the verge of losing my husband of 24 years. Feeling I had hit rock bottom I decided to see 1 more doctor. I had taken every antidepressant under the sun in the last 20 years for "anxiety and depression" and I had high hopes every single time.....nothing was working and I was getting worse. My doctor started me on lithium 300mg twice daily. I can honestly say I felt a huge difference after the first 24 hours. My mind was QUIET and I felt calm. No racing thoughts, no panic attacks, no overthinking anything.....just peace. I have been on it for 2.5 wks now and I FINALLY feel normal again. I am more considerate and loving to my family <3"

   
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44yroldmom March 7, 2016

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For Bipolar Disorder: "I have Bipolar I mixed episodes, I've been on a number of medications in the past, but Lithium stands out as one of the worst in my case. I lived in a fog but also had some of the worst stomach issues as well. I gained quite a bit of weight too but the worst was the severe Acne I got from the drug. I never had acne like this in my life since than or before, so I know it was the medicine. It was painful, it felt like second degree burns, I went to see my doctor and all that smug @$$ said was "that's one of the side effects unfortunately". I don't mean to sound vain but a lot of self worth comes from the outside as well as the inside and while that shouldn't be the case it's a fact for me. Be informed, not all drugs work for everyone."

   
2.0

Shadow79 March 5, 2016

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