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Old 04-08-2004, 08:33 PM   #1
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Question Lithium withdrawal??

Hello there,

Does anyone know what the side effects are from stopping Lithium treatment for depression--not bipolar-- ?

I experienced severe nausea while on the drug even after about 4 weeks of treatment. Eventually, I couldn't handle the sick feeling anymore, so I stopped it cold turkey. Now, for the past week, while I have been feeling less nauseaus, I am very dizzy and have a constant feeling of "motion sickness."

Has anyone ever experienced this and can anyone tell me how you handled this? I guess I'm wondering if this feeling will go away, as it has already been a week off the drug and I thought it didn't stay in your system that long. Not sure if I should stick it out or call a doctor....

Can anyone offer some insight?

Thank you kindly,


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Old 04-09-2004, 02:08 AM   #2
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Re: Lithium withdrawal??

Do an internet search for lithium withdrawal symptoms. I only took Lexapro for 2 1/2 weeks & had withdrawals from it, same with effexor xr, they lasted about 2 to 3 weeks. Hope this helps.

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Old 04-09-2004, 08:55 AM   #3
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Re: Lithium withdrawal??

Oh really? Ok, so I guess my symptoms lasting this long are not so abnormal. I will do an internet search to see what I find.

Thank you, Lori!


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