Lithium Levels Too High!
Posted 16 December 2010 - 12:03 PM
Any advice would be appreciated as I'm quite concerned!
Posted 16 December 2010 - 12:31 PM
Too high a dose causes nausea, feeling very unsteady or "wobbly", slurring of speech, and confusion. It is dangerous to continue lithium if you have these side effects. High lithium can cause kidney damage and can even be fatal. Most people on lithium don't get the full effect until they take 900mg. But it's easy to overdose at this level so it's often taken in smaller doses and combined with another mood stabilizer also in lower doses. At high doses you may also have less serious side effects: hand tremors, dry mouth, frequent urination, nausea.
It's also important to take the blood test before you've had your morning pill so that it's consistent for each blood test. You should bring your pill with you and take it as soon as the blood has been drawn.
It sounds like your doctor is on top of things so I wouldn't worry unless you see one of the side effects listed above.
Posted 16 December 2010 - 12:47 PM
Posted 16 December 2010 - 01:09 PM
Yea well I have had a few of the side effects that's why I'm worried. I've been having a lot of nausea the past week (and constantly have a dry mouth) but I thought it was a side-effect of coming off my SSRI tablet or because I was ill, but was obviously to do with the lithium levels. I haven't taken any ibuprofen as I know that can interact, just paracetomal.
The dry mouth is a normal side effect and caused by the lithium. It acts like salt and dehydrates you somewhat. They say you're supposed to drink lots of water, but then you pee more. But if you're feeling nausea, you should talk to your doctor. Most likely he'll say, 'that's why I told you to decrease the dose' but you should call anyway if you have doubts. Good luck.
Posted 25 December 2010 - 05:59 PM
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Posted 25 December 2010 - 07:38 PM
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