I have just started Lithium and my psychiatrist is working on bringing me up to the therapeutic level. After a week of being on 600mg my level was .5 so she raised me up to 900mg but didn't order any more blood work. She said that should get me to the .7 area that I need to be at. I'm not concerned about Lithium toxicity from this dosage but I was just wondering if blood work is in fact unnecessary when you are that close to the therapeutic level.
My other question is about a possible side effect I think the Lithium may be causing. Can this medicine cause your reaction time to slow? I've noticed it the most when I'm driving. It takes my brain a few seconds longer to process different traffic situations before I react to them. Thanks Dr. G.View Thread
I have been through all sorts of medication to try and control my depression. I know exactly what you are talking about with losing your personality. I was emotionally dead for almost a year and I didn't enjoy life at all. I got pregnant and my depression went away. I am now 5 weeks postpartum and to no surprise my depression has returned. I was devastated when my doctor told me I had to get back on meds. I too just recently started Lithium, I'm on 900mg and so far I still feel like my old self. It hasn't really helped my depression 100% but things are better. I was on Lithium about a year ago and I was on 1200 mg then but I couldn't tell you how it affected me because I was also on other crappy medicines.So good luck with your Lithium and know that you still have options if things don't pan out. I've even heard of ECT that can help depression when meds aren't an option anymore.View Thread
Has anyone tried drinking coffee or other caffeinated drink when you're feeling depressed? I know it doesn't solve anything but I find myself desperately trying to catch a caffeine buzz to counteract the symptoms of depression. I may get some relief for about 60 min. then the fatigue and sad feeling return again. I was just curious if anyone else does this because I can't seem to stop myself every time. I was wondering if it was just a psychological comforting thing on my part.View Thread
LOL. The dairy cow comment had me rolling. I've had mixed feelings with pregnancy. Mentally I felt fantastic because of the anticipation of having a new baby. Physically I was miserable especially toward the end. I couldn't waddle around the grocery store without taking a break. I told my husband when we are done having kids he is getting himself snipped cuz I'm not having my tunes tied after doing all the hard work.View Thread