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03 Feb 2006

Lithium - Need to Know!!

I was diagnosed a Bipolar a year and half ago. I was put of Ci-Lift 40mg and Lamictin 300mg.
Initially I felt fine but from around October, I started to feel really low and had about 3 horrible episodes between then and now.
I even chopped my hair off a few weeks ago.
I went to see my psychiatrist on Wednesday and she put me on Lithium+Lamictin and started to phase me off the Ci-Lift.

Please tell me exactly how Lithium works as well as side effects and also how dows it work in conjunction with the Lamictin.

I am nervous about the effects on my kidneys as well.
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01 Jan 0001

Lithium has been used since the early 1940s to treat manic depression (or bipolar disorder). It decreaes the intensity and frequency of the episodic mood swings drom excitement to deep depression that are characteristic of the disorder.
Stay with the recommended dose and as long as you have no present kidney condition, it should be more harmfull that most other drugs.
Lamictal joins lithium in being one of only a few meds to date approved by the US FDA to treat both the manic and depression phases of bipolar disorder and essentially to treat the mood swings themselves.
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