Info About Lithium

Sorry if I have already asked. But I don’t remember if I did. My pdoc wants me on lithium. It is to cut the depressions. I have no manic episodes at all. I was something like hypo manic (is it called that??) in 2009. But it could as well be my ADHD. I’ve been more or less depressed since 2010. I also got dx’d with schizophreniform in 2011. Seems like pdoc is changing it to bipolar. Isn’t lithium a bipolar med? I’m hesitant to start with lithium. I’m afraid because I need to drink so much water. I already do drink about 2 litres of water every day.

Oh. Forgot the question. What is good and bad about lithium? Your experiences or knowledge?

I have been on lithium a long time ago and was precribed it recently, but my pdoc changed her mind, so I will not be going on it again.

Lithium is not only for bipolar disorder, it is sometimes used as an add on to those afflicted with SZ or SZA to help with depression or to augment an antipsychotic.

You will need regular blood testing, to test lithium levels and you really need to keep hydrated and regular testing for thyroid functioning and kidney functioning - Lithium is very hard on the thyroid and kidneys.

It is a good mood stabilizer/anti suicidal type antidepressant drug.
Best of luck with it!

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My wife is on lithium but is “uni-polar” as I understand it. She’s never been depressed but if she doesn’t take her lithium, which she’s been on for 40 years, she gets hugely manic.

So I figure it’s a mood normalizer or stablizer. Don’t know for sure though.

Lithium helps me with minor mood swings - things that could be 'bad days or good days. At long as I take it I don’t have minor depression or mild mania. It also helps with obsessions iI’ve found.

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Thank you. I will take blood tests tomorrow. But I won’t take it. It’s the hydration part that scares me. I walk A LOT at work and will need to drink twice as much. That means going to bathroom at least twice as much, or more. I don’t have time for running to bathroom every second hour.

have u tried lithium oratate…
Lithium Orotate May Also Aid:

Lyme Disease
Low white blood cell counts
Juvenile convulsive disease
Alcoholism and liver disorders
Pain associated with migraine and cluster headaches
Hyperthyroidism and other thyroid diseases: Studies show that lithium may aid in the even distribution of iodine.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as well as a general stress reducer.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and aggression: Studies show that individuals taking Lithium experienced lowered levels of rage and anger, as well as improved memory.
Alzheimer’s disease and dementia

In the reduction of myopia (nearsightedness) and glaucoma: Dr. Hans Nieper found that glaucoma patients could benefit from the dehydrating effect of lithium on the eye, offering patients vision improvement and a lowering of intraocular pressure.
Bipolar disorder: Orotates may lessen effects of manic or depressive episodes. Lithium has been shown to serve as an effective mood balancer in 70-80 percent of bipolar patients.
Depression: the therapeutic serving of lithium orotate is 150 mg/day. This is compared to 900-1800 mg of the prescription forms. In this range of lithium orotate, there are no adverse side effects and no need for monitoring blood serum measurements.

Lithium Precautions

Do not attempt to self-medicate a mental imbalance with lithium orotate. S

What is the differance between lithium and lithium oratate? Never heared of it.

Internet snake oil probably.

I take lithium for sza, but i know it makes me go to the bathroom alot.

Thank you cbbrown.

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I’ve recently developed a side effect from either lithium or the benzodiazepine I’m on. I can’t remember what its called but its like rapid back and forth eye movement. It happens at least twice a day.

I’ve heard that the dose required for lithium to be effective is close to the dose at which it becomes toxic. Make sure you stay hydrated, and if you do some heavy sweating make sure you replace those fluids. Your body can sweat out surprising amounts of water.

I’m afraid of lithium. I won’t take it. She has tocome up with something else.