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Old 03-09-2005, 02:25 PM   #1
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Has anyone taken lithium? If so, please tell me your experience with it and did you gain weight? ...please respond, I would appreciate it very much...thankyou

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Old 03-09-2005, 03:17 PM   #2
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Hi I myself did not take it but my mom took it for years. She did not gain weight at all of course you have to get your blood checked and keep it monitored and there are some other meds that work good with it so ask lots of questions Good Luck if I can help you more just let me know.

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Old 03-09-2005, 03:35 PM   #3
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I've been on lithium for 20 years. I am 5'3" and weigh 125 lb.
I always tell my husband that he was the SECOND best thing that ever happened to me - lithium is the first.

Old 03-09-2005, 04:08 PM   #4
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Watch out for Depakote - it turned me into a human balloon (went from 180 to 220+) and I am a 5' 10" male - in early fifties (age wise), now...

I did lithium for a while, after the Depakote, and no weight gain was noted (but the experiment had already been skewed)...

I actually kind of liked lithium. As fate would have it, I (like my father) am EXTREMELY medication resistent... Lithium remains my mood-stabilizer "of choice" for use during those brief occassions when meds are absolutely positively necessary (if I use anything beyond about three days, the situation reverses and starts to actually worsen)... Brief and occassional.

During my father's bouts with Manic Depression (and occassional hospitalizations) - Lithium had just come on the scene, and he was over-medicated with it, CONSTANTLY... We all thought he had Parkinson's Disease.... I won't go into infinite detail...

My Dad never gained any considerable weight while on Lithium (and his use goes clear back to World War II)...

That's all I can relate to you from direct experience.

Best wishes and GOOD LUCK !!!

Old 03-10-2005, 05:02 AM   #5
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Old 03-10-2005, 06:11 AM   #6
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Re: Lithium?

Lithium- works pretty good for me, I like it.

side effects I don't like- constant thirst, frequent urination, hand trembling, memory loss, lose of hair.

I have gained some weight but my doctor says it is the effexor. It could be both. I work out often though and that helps keep the weight off.

Old 03-10-2005, 12:50 PM   #7
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Re: Lithium?

Hi everyone!!!

Thanks for all your replies! I gained A LOT of weight on Depakote and a little on Effexor and I will check out that "experiment" hedgehog. Thanks again!


Old 03-12-2005, 04:52 PM   #8
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Re: Lithium?

lithium screwed my frined up big time-all my friends who took it looked like zombies and had no functionality. ask your doc about epival and celexa together, not seperate to beat bi-poalr or i should say to keep iot together nothing can beat it

Old 03-13-2005, 11:03 AM   #9
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Re: Lithium?

I've been on Lithium (plus Neurontin, Wellbutrin, Strattera [ADD], and Lisinopril [blood pressure] ) since Oct 2003. I love it for the most part. No change in weight really - maybe a slight loss. Excess thirst and urination were never really a problem. Hands shaking is a problem. It varies by day. Some days there's no possible way to eat soup without a bib. I really can't play guitar much any more as my dexterity is way down due to the shakes. That really bums me out.
I think I'm having problems with short term memory too. That sucks. Because of the shakes and the memory issues, I might see if I can try Lamictal.


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