LITHIUM - ORAL

USER REVIEWS

Comment from: emmylouwho 35-44 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: November 12

I began taking lithium once I was diagnosed with Bipolar II disorder. I have been on the drug consistently for over a year in a half. In regard to mood stabilization, I have not experienced a hypo-manic episode since the onset of treatment. I have, however, experienced many depressive episodes. I don't attribute this to the medication. After a trial and error phase with my prescriber, we found that Latuda works the best with my depression. The only side effects that I regularly face is extreme thirst and excessive urination. I was taking my dose with dinner, shortly before bedtime and my sleep patterns were erratic, waking up around 4 to 5 times a night. Now I am taking my dose with breakfast, I am still thirsty and urinating frequently, however I am not trying to sleep so it's a win in that category. The lithium doesn't zap my energy nor make me feel drowsy. Overall, I would say that this medication has been incredibly helpful with stabilizing my mood. My only complaint with the lithium/latuda combo, I have a non-existent sex drive.

Related Reading: treatment | latuda | depression

Comment from: emmylouwho 35-44 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: November 12

I began taking lithium once I was diagnosed with Bipolar II disorder. I have been on the drug consistently for over a year in a half. In regard to mood stabilization, I have not experienced a hypo-manic episode since the onset of treatment. I have, however, experienced many depressive episodes. I don't attribute this to the medication. After a trial and error phase with my prescriber, we found that Latuda works the best with my depression. The only side effects that I regularly face is extreme thirst and excessive urination. I was taking my dose with dinner, shortly before bedtime and my sleep patterns were erratic, waking up around 4 to 5 times a night. Now I am taking my dose with breakfast, I am still thirsty and urinating frequently, however I am not trying to sleep so it's a win in that category. The lithium doesn't zap my energy nor make me feel drowsy. Overall, I would say that this medication has been incredibly helpful with stabilizing my mood. My only complaint with the lithium/latuda combo, I have a non-existent sex drive.

Related Reading: treatment | latuda | depression

Comment from: 45-54 Male 1 to 6 months Patient Published: May 09

Has cut my suicidal fantasies drastically. Used to think of suicide between 25 and 300 times a week. Now it is between 0 and 5 times a week. Has evened out my sleep as well which got really bad on lamictal and latuda. Have more energy and look forward to stuff too now. No adverse side effects yet on it for three months.

Related Reading: suicide | lamictal | latuda

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Comment from: emmylouwho 35-44 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: November 12

I began taking lithium once I was diagnosed with Bipolar II disorder. I have been on the drug consistently for over a year in a half. In regard to mood stabilization, I have not experienced a hypo-manic episode since the onset of treatment. I have, however, experienced many depressive episodes. I don't attribute this to the medication. After a trial and error phase with my prescriber, we found that Latuda works the best with my depression. The only side effects that I regularly face is extreme thirst and excessive urination. I was taking my dose with dinner, shortly before bedtime and my sleep patterns were erratic, waking up around 4 to 5 times a night. Now I am taking my dose with breakfast, I am still thirsty and urinating frequently, however I am not trying to sleep so it's a win in that category. The lithium doesn't zap my energy nor make me feel drowsy. Overall, I would say that this medication has been incredibly helpful with stabilizing my mood. My only complaint with the lithium/latuda combo, I have a non-existent sex drive.

Related Reading: treatment | latuda | depression

Comment from: 45-54 Male 1 to 6 months Patient Published: May 09

Has cut my suicidal fantasies drastically. Used to think of suicide between 25 and 300 times a week. Now it is between 0 and 5 times a week. Has evened out my sleep as well which got really bad on lamictal and latuda. Have more energy and look forward to stuff too now. No adverse side effects yet on it for three months.

Related Reading: suicide | lamictal | latuda

Comment from: gloria 45-54 Female 10 years or more Patient Published: June 26

I am bipolar and took lithium for 18years. lithium caused my kidneys to fail. After three years in dialysis I received a kidney transplant. If you are considering taking this medication I strongly recommend that you look into an alternative medication. Although kidney failure is a rare side effect it does occur.

Related Reading: kidney

Comment from: emmylouwho 35-44 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: November 12

I began taking lithium once I was diagnosed with Bipolar II disorder. I have been on the drug consistently for over a year in a half. In regard to mood stabilization, I have not experienced a hypo-manic episode since the onset of treatment. I have, however, experienced many depressive episodes. I don't attribute this to the medication. After a trial and error phase with my prescriber, we found that Latuda works the best with my depression. The only side effects that I regularly face is extreme thirst and excessive urination. I was taking my dose with dinner, shortly before bedtime and my sleep patterns were erratic, waking up around 4 to 5 times a night. Now I am taking my dose with breakfast, I am still thirsty and urinating frequently, however I am not trying to sleep so it's a win in that category. The lithium doesn't zap my energy nor make me feel drowsy. Overall, I would say that this medication has been incredibly helpful with stabilizing my mood. My only complaint with the lithium/latuda combo, I have a non-existent sex drive.

Related Reading: treatment | latuda | depression

Comment from: 45-54 Male 1 to 6 months Patient Published: May 09

Has cut my suicidal fantasies drastically. Used to think of suicide between 25 and 300 times a week. Now it is between 0 and 5 times a week. Has evened out my sleep as well which got really bad on lamictal and latuda. Have more energy and look forward to stuff too now. No adverse side effects yet on it for three months.

Related Reading: suicide | lamictal | latuda

Comment from: gloria 45-54 Female 10 years or more Patient Published: June 26

I am bipolar and took lithium for 18years. lithium caused my kidneys to fail. After three years in dialysis I received a kidney transplant. If you are considering taking this medication I strongly recommend that you look into an alternative medication. Although kidney failure is a rare side effect it does occur.

Related Reading: kidney

Comment from: gloria 45-54 Female 10 years or more Patient Published: June 26

I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when I was 18 yrs, old. I took lithium for 18 yrs. This medication caused me to develop hypothyroidism and kidney failure. After three years in dialysis I was lucky to receive a kidney transplant. I strongly recommend that anyone considering taking lithium for bipolar disorder should look for an alternative treatment. Although kidney failure is a rare side effect, it does occur. Losing the function of your kidneys is terrible thing to live with.

Related Reading: hypothyroidism | kidney | treatment

Comment from: emmylouwho 35-44 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: November 12

I began taking lithium once I was diagnosed with Bipolar II disorder. I have been on the drug consistently for over a year in a half. In regard to mood stabilization, I have not experienced a hypo-manic episode since the onset of treatment. I have, however, experienced many depressive episodes. I don't attribute this to the medication. After a trial and error phase with my prescriber, we found that Latuda works the best with my depression. The only side effects that I regularly face is extreme thirst and excessive urination. I was taking my dose with dinner, shortly before bedtime and my sleep patterns were erratic, waking up around 4 to 5 times a night. Now I am taking my dose with breakfast, I am still thirsty and urinating frequently, however I am not trying to sleep so it's a win in that category. The lithium doesn't zap my energy nor make me feel drowsy. Overall, I would say that this medication has been incredibly helpful with stabilizing my mood. My only complaint with the lithium/latuda combo, I have a non-existent sex drive.

Related Reading: treatment | latuda | depression

Comment from: 45-54 Male 1 to 6 months Patient Published: May 09

Has cut my suicidal fantasies drastically. Used to think of suicide between 25 and 300 times a week. Now it is between 0 and 5 times a week. Has evened out my sleep as well which got really bad on lamictal and latuda. Have more energy and look forward to stuff too now. No adverse side effects yet on it for three months.

Related Reading: suicide | lamictal | latuda

Comment from: gloria 45-54 Female 10 years or more Patient Published: June 26

I am bipolar and took lithium for 18years. lithium caused my kidneys to fail. After three years in dialysis I received a kidney transplant. If you are considering taking this medication I strongly recommend that you look into an alternative medication. Although kidney failure is a rare side effect it does occur.

Related Reading: kidney

Comment from: gloria 45-54 Female 10 years or more Patient Published: June 26

I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when I was 18 yrs, old. I took lithium for 18 yrs. This medication caused me to develop hypothyroidism and kidney failure. After three years in dialysis I was lucky to receive a kidney transplant. I strongly recommend that anyone considering taking lithium for bipolar disorder should look for an alternative treatment. Although kidney failure is a rare side effect, it does occur. Losing the function of your kidneys is terrible thing to live with.

Related Reading: hypothyroidism | kidney | treatment

Comment from: glo 45-54 Female 10 years or more Patient Published: June 26

I took lithium for 18 yrs. I had a few manic and depressive episodes during those years but the most part it kept me stable. However, because of the lithium I developed hypothyroidism and kidney failure.. This happened mostly because my psychiatrist at the time did not monitor my blood levels adequately. After three years in dialysis I was lucky to get a kidney transplant. I'm taking seroquel now and it's been very effective as my maintenance therapy. I wish I had never taken lithium. Anyone considering taking lithium should really think it over and explore alternative medications or a least make sure that your blood levels are monitored properly. Although the risk of developing kidney failure is small, it does happen.

Related Reading: hypothyroidism | kidney | seroquel

Comment from: emmylouwho 35-44 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: November 12

I began taking lithium once I was diagnosed with Bipolar II disorder. I have been on the drug consistently for over a year in a half. In regard to mood stabilization, I have not experienced a hypo-manic episode since the onset of treatment. I have, however, experienced many depressive episodes. I don't attribute this to the medication. After a trial and error phase with my prescriber, we found that Latuda works the best with my depression. The only side effects that I regularly face is extreme thirst and excessive urination. I was taking my dose with dinner, shortly before bedtime and my sleep patterns were erratic, waking up around 4 to 5 times a night. Now I am taking my dose with breakfast, I am still thirsty and urinating frequently, however I am not trying to sleep so it's a win in that category. The lithium doesn't zap my energy nor make me feel drowsy. Overall, I would say that this medication has been incredibly helpful with stabilizing my mood. My only complaint with the lithium/latuda combo, I have a non-existent sex drive.

Related Reading: treatment | latuda | depression

Comment from: 45-54 Male 1 to 6 months Patient Published: May 09

Has cut my suicidal fantasies drastically. Used to think of suicide between 25 and 300 times a week. Now it is between 0 and 5 times a week. Has evened out my sleep as well which got really bad on lamictal and latuda. Have more energy and look forward to stuff too now. No adverse side effects yet on it for three months.

Related Reading: suicide | lamictal | latuda

Comment from: gloria 45-54 Female 10 years or more Patient Published: June 26

I am bipolar and took lithium for 18years. lithium caused my kidneys to fail. After three years in dialysis I received a kidney transplant. If you are considering taking this medication I strongly recommend that you look into an alternative medication. Although kidney failure is a rare side effect it does occur.

Related Reading: kidney

Comment from: gloria 45-54 Female 10 years or more Patient Published: June 26

I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when I was 18 yrs, old. I took lithium for 18 yrs. This medication caused me to develop hypothyroidism and kidney failure. After three years in dialysis I was lucky to receive a kidney transplant. I strongly recommend that anyone considering taking lithium for bipolar disorder should look for an alternative treatment. Although kidney failure is a rare side effect, it does occur. Losing the function of your kidneys is terrible thing to live with.

Related Reading: hypothyroidism | kidney | treatment

Comment from: glo 45-54 Female 10 years or more Patient Published: June 26

I took lithium for 18 yrs. I had a few manic and depressive episodes during those years but the most part it kept me stable. However, because of the lithium I developed hypothyroidism and kidney failure.. This happened mostly because my psychiatrist at the time did not monitor my blood levels adequately. After three years in dialysis I was lucky to get a kidney transplant. I'm taking seroquel now and it's been very effective as my maintenance therapy. I wish I had never taken lithium. Anyone considering taking lithium should really think it over and explore alternative medications or a least make sure that your blood levels are monitored properly. Although the risk of developing kidney failure is small, it does happen.

Related Reading: hypothyroidism | kidney | seroquel

Comment from: anonymous 35-44 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: March 10

Since I have been taking lithium i have been depressed everyday with bouts of crying and when not crying just feeling awful. I have noticed minor problems with excessive saliva and other things which could be accentuating my other troubles I have, but the depression horrible. I am going to ask my doctor to fully take me off of it and find something else.

Related Reading: depression

Comment from: KtBuff 25-34 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: May 31

I have BPD TypeI, and been on Lithium along with my other meds for ~1.5 yrs. it has been the easiest, most effective mood stabilizer, with the least amount of side effects, for me. However I do experience the hand tremors and lack of focus, even w my ADD meds. Yet agreed, small price to pay for living a roller coaster free life. I am so much more even keeled and rational in thought processes than ever before. I am a satisfied Eskalith 450 mg consumer.:)

Related Reading: tremors | eskalith

Comment from: KtBuff 25-34 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: May 31

I have BPD TypeI, and been on Lithium along with my other meds for ~1.5 yrs. it has been the easiest, most effective mood stabilizer, with the least amount of side effects, for me. However I do experience the hand tremors and lack of focus, even w my ADD meds. Yet agreed, small price to pay for living a roller coaster free life. I am so much more even keeled and rational in thought processes than ever before. I am a satisfied Eskalith 450 mg consumer.:)

Related Reading: tremors | eskalith

Comment from: HAMJEFF 35-44 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: December 18

SINCE TAKING THE LITHIUM, I HAVE NOTICED THAT I NO LONGER HAVE THE SEVERE MOOD SWINGS AND IM GENERALLY HAPPIER NOW. I DO HOWEVER HAVE SOME OF THE SIDE AFFECTS LIKE DROWSINESS, FREQUENT URINATION AND INCREASED THIRST. BUT WITH THE SIDE AFFECTS AND HOW MUCH BETTER I FEEL, I THINK ILL DEAL WITH THAT.

Related Reading: frequent urination

Comment from: KtBuff 25-34 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: May 31

I have BPD TypeI, and been on Lithium along with my other meds for ~1.5 yrs. it has been the easiest, most effective mood stabilizer, with the least amount of side effects, for me. However I do experience the hand tremors and lack of focus, even w my ADD meds. Yet agreed, small price to pay for living a roller coaster free life. I am so much more even keeled and rational in thought processes than ever before. I am a satisfied Eskalith 450 mg consumer.:)

Related Reading: tremors | eskalith

Comment from: HAMJEFF 35-44 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: December 18

SINCE TAKING THE LITHIUM, I HAVE NOTICED THAT I NO LONGER HAVE THE SEVERE MOOD SWINGS AND IM GENERALLY HAPPIER NOW. I DO HOWEVER HAVE SOME OF THE SIDE AFFECTS LIKE DROWSINESS, FREQUENT URINATION AND INCREASED THIRST. BUT WITH THE SIDE AFFECTS AND HOW MUCH BETTER I FEEL, I THINK ILL DEAL WITH THAT.

Related Reading: frequent urination

Comment from: 55-64 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: December 04

i take this medicine

Comment from: KtBuff 25-34 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: May 31

I have BPD TypeI, and been on Lithium along with my other meds for ~1.5 yrs. it has been the easiest, most effective mood stabilizer, with the least amount of side effects, for me. However I do experience the hand tremors and lack of focus, even w my ADD meds. Yet agreed, small price to pay for living a roller coaster free life. I am so much more even keeled and rational in thought processes than ever before. I am a satisfied Eskalith 450 mg consumer.:)

Related Reading: tremors | eskalith

Comment from: HAMJEFF 35-44 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: December 18

SINCE TAKING THE LITHIUM, I HAVE NOTICED THAT I NO LONGER HAVE THE SEVERE MOOD SWINGS AND IM GENERALLY HAPPIER NOW. I DO HOWEVER HAVE SOME OF THE SIDE AFFECTS LIKE DROWSINESS, FREQUENT URINATION AND INCREASED THIRST. BUT WITH THE SIDE AFFECTS AND HOW MUCH BETTER I FEEL, I THINK ILL DEAL WITH THAT.

Related Reading: frequent urination

Comment from: 55-64 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: December 04

i take this medicine

Comment from: Lithum 45-54 Female 10 years or more Patient Published: November 12

Lithum has saved my life. Without it I would not be here. I have been on it for over 10 years. Is my Bi-polar under control? Yes and No. As long as I stay on my meds I am okay. But without this drug I would not be here. This medication saved my life!

SLIDESHOW

Prescription Drug Abuse: Addiction, Health Risks, and Treatments See Slideshow
Comment from: KtBuff 25-34 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: May 31

I have BPD TypeI, and been on Lithium along with my other meds for ~1.5 yrs. it has been the easiest, most effective mood stabilizer, with the least amount of side effects, for me. However I do experience the hand tremors and lack of focus, even w my ADD meds. Yet agreed, small price to pay for living a roller coaster free life. I am so much more even keeled and rational in thought processes than ever before. I am a satisfied Eskalith 450 mg consumer.:)

Related Reading: tremors | eskalith

Comment from: HAMJEFF 35-44 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: December 18

SINCE TAKING THE LITHIUM, I HAVE NOTICED THAT I NO LONGER HAVE THE SEVERE MOOD SWINGS AND IM GENERALLY HAPPIER NOW. I DO HOWEVER HAVE SOME OF THE SIDE AFFECTS LIKE DROWSINESS, FREQUENT URINATION AND INCREASED THIRST. BUT WITH THE SIDE AFFECTS AND HOW MUCH BETTER I FEEL, I THINK ILL DEAL WITH THAT.

Related Reading: frequent urination

Comment from: 55-64 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: December 04

i take this medicine

Comment from: Lithum 45-54 Female 10 years or more Patient Published: November 12

Lithum has saved my life. Without it I would not be here. I have been on it for over 10 years. Is my Bi-polar under control? Yes and No. As long as I stay on my meds I am okay. But without this drug I would not be here. This medication saved my life!

Comment from: Arcticblast 45-54 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: September 22

I have only been on Lithium 300mg three times a day for about one month and I would not recomd it it to anyone, the side effects that I am still having are confusion,muscle twitches,tremors,hallucinations,cardiac arrithmia,incresed urination,gastrointestinal problems,drowsiness,seizures,ras,difulculty swalling,loss of cordination,vertigo,weight gain,tics,porr memory,weakness,double vision,tired all the time.I am really frightning.

Related Reading: tremors | double vision

Comment from: KtBuff 25-34 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: May 31

I have BPD TypeI, and been on Lithium along with my other meds for ~1.5 yrs. it has been the easiest, most effective mood stabilizer, with the least amount of side effects, for me. However I do experience the hand tremors and lack of focus, even w my ADD meds. Yet agreed, small price to pay for living a roller coaster free life. I am so much more even keeled and rational in thought processes than ever before. I am a satisfied Eskalith 450 mg consumer.:)

Related Reading: tremors | eskalith

Comment from: HAMJEFF 35-44 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: December 18

SINCE TAKING THE LITHIUM, I HAVE NOTICED THAT I NO LONGER HAVE THE SEVERE MOOD SWINGS AND IM GENERALLY HAPPIER NOW. I DO HOWEVER HAVE SOME OF THE SIDE AFFECTS LIKE DROWSINESS, FREQUENT URINATION AND INCREASED THIRST. BUT WITH THE SIDE AFFECTS AND HOW MUCH BETTER I FEEL, I THINK ILL DEAL WITH THAT.

Related Reading: frequent urination

Comment from: 55-64 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: December 04

i take this medicine

Comment from: Lithum 45-54 Female 10 years or more Patient Published: November 12

Lithum has saved my life. Without it I would not be here. I have been on it for over 10 years. Is my Bi-polar under control? Yes and No. As long as I stay on my meds I am okay. But without this drug I would not be here. This medication saved my life!

Comment from: Arcticblast 45-54 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: September 22

I have only been on Lithium 300mg three times a day for about one month and I would not recomd it it to anyone, the side effects that I am still having are confusion,muscle twitches,tremors,hallucinations,cardiac arrithmia,incresed urination,gastrointestinal problems,drowsiness,seizures,ras,difulculty swalling,loss of cordination,vertigo,weight gain,tics,porr memory,weakness,double vision,tired all the time.I am really frightning.

Related Reading: tremors | double vision

Comment from: 78-999 45-54 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: March 20

this is my first time on, I'm extremely happy to have moods stabilized, side effects minimal, very happy to be without episode& suicidal thoughts.feel slight lack of focus, only been on 2 wks, I have been & know I will be very happy with lithium. YES!thank God I found the right med. I now have a purpose in life & plan to fulfill it.

Comment from: KtBuff 25-34 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: May 31

I have BPD TypeI, and been on Lithium along with my other meds for ~1.5 yrs. it has been the easiest, most effective mood stabilizer, with the least amount of side effects, for me. However I do experience the hand tremors and lack of focus, even w my ADD meds. Yet agreed, small price to pay for living a roller coaster free life. I am so much more even keeled and rational in thought processes than ever before. I am a satisfied Eskalith 450 mg consumer.:)

Related Reading: tremors | eskalith

Comment from: HAMJEFF 35-44 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: December 18

SINCE TAKING THE LITHIUM, I HAVE NOTICED THAT I NO LONGER HAVE THE SEVERE MOOD SWINGS AND IM GENERALLY HAPPIER NOW. I DO HOWEVER HAVE SOME OF THE SIDE AFFECTS LIKE DROWSINESS, FREQUENT URINATION AND INCREASED THIRST. BUT WITH THE SIDE AFFECTS AND HOW MUCH BETTER I FEEL, I THINK ILL DEAL WITH THAT.

Related Reading: frequent urination

Comment from: 55-64 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: December 04

i take this medicine

Comment from: Lithum 45-54 Female 10 years or more Patient Published: November 12

Lithum has saved my life. Without it I would not be here. I have been on it for over 10 years. Is my Bi-polar under control? Yes and No. As long as I stay on my meds I am okay. But without this drug I would not be here. This medication saved my life!

Comment from: Arcticblast 45-54 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: September 22

I have only been on Lithium 300mg three times a day for about one month and I would not recomd it it to anyone, the side effects that I am still having are confusion,muscle twitches,tremors,hallucinations,cardiac arrithmia,incresed urination,gastrointestinal problems,drowsiness,seizures,ras,difulculty swalling,loss of cordination,vertigo,weight gain,tics,porr memory,weakness,double vision,tired all the time.I am really frightning.

Related Reading: tremors | double vision

Comment from: 78-999 45-54 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: March 20

this is my first time on, I'm extremely happy to have moods stabilized, side effects minimal, very happy to be without episode& suicidal thoughts.feel slight lack of focus, only been on 2 wks, I have been & know I will be very happy with lithium. YES!thank God I found the right med. I now have a purpose in life & plan to fulfill it.

Comment from: 35-44 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: March 11

I have never been so stable. Yes it does destroy your stomach and must be monitored with lab work but in all its good. Now we are waiting for my thyroid to go wacko (yes another side effect.)

Related Reading: stomach

Comment from: KtBuff 25-34 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: May 31

I have BPD TypeI, and been on Lithium along with my other meds for ~1.5 yrs. it has been the easiest, most effective mood stabilizer, with the least amount of side effects, for me. However I do experience the hand tremors and lack of focus, even w my ADD meds. Yet agreed, small price to pay for living a roller coaster free life. I am so much more even keeled and rational in thought processes than ever before. I am a satisfied Eskalith 450 mg consumer.:)

Related Reading: tremors | eskalith

Comment from: HAMJEFF 35-44 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: December 18

SINCE TAKING THE LITHIUM, I HAVE NOTICED THAT I NO LONGER HAVE THE SEVERE MOOD SWINGS AND IM GENERALLY HAPPIER NOW. I DO HOWEVER HAVE SOME OF THE SIDE AFFECTS LIKE DROWSINESS, FREQUENT URINATION AND INCREASED THIRST. BUT WITH THE SIDE AFFECTS AND HOW MUCH BETTER I FEEL, I THINK ILL DEAL WITH THAT.

Related Reading: frequent urination

Comment from: 55-64 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: December 04

i take this medicine

Comment from: Lithum 45-54 Female 10 years or more Patient Published: November 12

Lithum has saved my life. Without it I would not be here. I have been on it for over 10 years. Is my Bi-polar under control? Yes and No. As long as I stay on my meds I am okay. But without this drug I would not be here. This medication saved my life!

Comment from: Arcticblast 45-54 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: September 22

I have only been on Lithium 300mg three times a day for about one month and I would not recomd it it to anyone, the side effects that I am still having are confusion,muscle twitches,tremors,hallucinations,cardiac arrithmia,incresed urination,gastrointestinal problems,drowsiness,seizures,ras,difulculty swalling,loss of cordination,vertigo,weight gain,tics,porr memory,weakness,double vision,tired all the time.I am really frightning.

Related Reading: tremors | double vision

Comment from: 78-999 45-54 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: March 20

this is my first time on, I'm extremely happy to have moods stabilized, side effects minimal, very happy to be without episode& suicidal thoughts.feel slight lack of focus, only been on 2 wks, I have been & know I will be very happy with lithium. YES!thank God I found the right med. I now have a purpose in life & plan to fulfill it.

Comment from: 35-44 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: March 11

I have never been so stable. Yes it does destroy your stomach and must be monitored with lab work but in all its good. Now we are waiting for my thyroid to go wacko (yes another side effect.)

Related Reading: stomach

Comment from: nancy 45-54 Female 6 months to less than 1 year Patient Published: March 02

My Doctor raised my amount taken daily from 450mg to 900 a day. Severe Watery stools, whole digestive track went haywire. But it kept the episodes under control.

Comment from: KtBuff 25-34 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: May 31

I have BPD TypeI, and been on Lithium along with my other meds for ~1.5 yrs. it has been the easiest, most effective mood stabilizer, with the least amount of side effects, for me. However I do experience the hand tremors and lack of focus, even w my ADD meds. Yet agreed, small price to pay for living a roller coaster free life. I am so much more even keeled and rational in thought processes than ever before. I am a satisfied Eskalith 450 mg consumer.:)

Related Reading: tremors | eskalith

Comment from: HAMJEFF 35-44 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: December 18

SINCE TAKING THE LITHIUM, I HAVE NOTICED THAT I NO LONGER HAVE THE SEVERE MOOD SWINGS AND IM GENERALLY HAPPIER NOW. I DO HOWEVER HAVE SOME OF THE SIDE AFFECTS LIKE DROWSINESS, FREQUENT URINATION AND INCREASED THIRST. BUT WITH THE SIDE AFFECTS AND HOW MUCH BETTER I FEEL, I THINK ILL DEAL WITH THAT.

Related Reading: frequent urination

Comment from: 55-64 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: December 04

i take this medicine

Comment from: Lithum 45-54 Female 10 years or more Patient Published: November 12

Lithum has saved my life. Without it I would not be here. I have been on it for over 10 years. Is my Bi-polar under control? Yes and No. As long as I stay on my meds I am okay. But without this drug I would not be here. This medication saved my life!

Comment from: Arcticblast 45-54 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: September 22

I have only been on Lithium 300mg three times a day for about one month and I would not recomd it it to anyone, the side effects that I am still having are confusion,muscle twitches,tremors,hallucinations,cardiac arrithmia,incresed urination,gastrointestinal problems,drowsiness,seizures,ras,difulculty swalling,loss of cordination,vertigo,weight gain,tics,porr memory,weakness,double vision,tired all the time.I am really frightning.

Related Reading: tremors | double vision

Comment from: 78-999 45-54 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: March 20

this is my first time on, I'm extremely happy to have moods stabilized, side effects minimal, very happy to be without episode& suicidal thoughts.feel slight lack of focus, only been on 2 wks, I have been & know I will be very happy with lithium. YES!thank God I found the right med. I now have a purpose in life & plan to fulfill it.

Comment from: 35-44 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: March 11

I have never been so stable. Yes it does destroy your stomach and must be monitored with lab work but in all its good. Now we are waiting for my thyroid to go wacko (yes another side effect.)

Related Reading: stomach

Comment from: nancy 45-54 Female 6 months to less than 1 year Patient Published: March 02

My Doctor raised my amount taken daily from 450mg to 900 a day. Severe Watery stools, whole digestive track went haywire. But it kept the episodes under control.

Comment from: cynderella42 35-44 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: March 01

Since I began using Lithium only 3 weeks ago, I don't really know if it is helping. The psyciatrists that prescribed it says it may take up to 3 weeks to get the full affect. I have had some tremondous nausea, dizziness and hand tremors since taking it and am on a low dose of 450mg once a day. I am satisfied with this medication b/c this is the first time being prescribed or actually diagnosed by a phsyciatrist since I now look back over the last 22 years and see the drastic symptoms. So, I'm happy I'm on the right track now.

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Comment from: KtBuff 25-34 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: May 31

I have BPD TypeI, and been on Lithium along with my other meds for ~1.5 yrs. it has been the easiest, most effective mood stabilizer, with the least amount of side effects, for me. However I do experience the hand tremors and lack of focus, even w my ADD meds. Yet agreed, small price to pay for living a roller coaster free life. I am so much more even keeled and rational in thought processes than ever before. I am a satisfied Eskalith 450 mg consumer.:)

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Comment from: HAMJEFF 35-44 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: December 18

SINCE TAKING THE LITHIUM, I HAVE NOTICED THAT I NO LONGER HAVE THE SEVERE MOOD SWINGS AND IM GENERALLY HAPPIER NOW. I DO HOWEVER HAVE SOME OF THE SIDE AFFECTS LIKE DROWSINESS, FREQUENT URINATION AND INCREASED THIRST. BUT WITH THE SIDE AFFECTS AND HOW MUCH BETTER I FEEL, I THINK ILL DEAL WITH THAT.

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Comment from: 55-64 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: December 04

i take this medicine

Comment from: Lithum 45-54 Female 10 years or more Patient Published: November 12

Lithum has saved my life. Without it I would not be here. I have been on it for over 10 years. Is my Bi-polar under control? Yes and No. As long as I stay on my meds I am okay. But without this drug I would not be here. This medication saved my life!

Comment from: Arcticblast 45-54 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: September 22

I have only been on Lithium 300mg three times a day for about one month and I would not recomd it it to anyone, the side effects that I am still having are confusion,muscle twitches,tremors,hallucinations,cardiac arrithmia,incresed urination,gastrointestinal problems,drowsiness,seizures,ras,difulculty swalling,loss of cordination,vertigo,weight gain,tics,porr memory,weakness,double vision,tired all the time.I am really frightning.

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Comment from: 78-999 45-54 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: March 20

this is my first time on, I'm extremely happy to have moods stabilized, side effects minimal, very happy to be without episode& suicidal thoughts.feel slight lack of focus, only been on 2 wks, I have been & know I will be very happy with lithium. YES!thank God I found the right med. I now have a purpose in life & plan to fulfill it.

Comment from: 35-44 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: March 11

I have never been so stable. Yes it does destroy your stomach and must be monitored with lab work but in all its good. Now we are waiting for my thyroid to go wacko (yes another side effect.)

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Comment from: nancy 45-54 Female 6 months to less than 1 year Patient Published: March 02

My Doctor raised my amount taken daily from 450mg to 900 a day. Severe Watery stools, whole digestive track went haywire. But it kept the episodes under control.

Comment from: cynderella42 35-44 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: March 01

Since I began using Lithium only 3 weeks ago, I don't really know if it is helping. The psyciatrists that prescribed it says it may take up to 3 weeks to get the full affect. I have had some tremondous nausea, dizziness and hand tremors since taking it and am on a low dose of 450mg once a day. I am satisfied with this medication b/c this is the first time being prescribed or actually diagnosed by a phsyciatrist since I now look back over the last 22 years and see the drastic symptoms. So, I'm happy I'm on the right track now.

Related Reading: dizziness | tremors

Comment from: redcat 45-54 Female 2 to less than 5 years Patient Published: February 16

I had to take wellbutrin with lithium to take me out of a depression. Now after three years i have been having more depressions and they last longer. Any suggestions.

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Comment from: happy 45-54 Female 5 to less than 10 years Patient Published: January 31

I have been able to function very well on lithium after a manic episode 8 years ago. To this point I have not had any negative side effects!

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