FDA Approved Drugs and User Comments: LITHOBID

User Comments:


For Bipolar Disorder “I was taking regular lithium before lithobid. We switched to lithobid thinking the extended release would be easier on my body. I had nothing but problems after switching to lithobid; for some reason my body rejected this drug when lithium was always good to me.Six months later I moved and switched pharmacies and due to a pharmacy error I got 300mg of lithobid instead of my prescribed 1500mg. They couldn’t give me more but for some reason were able to give me 1200mg of lithium. After just two weeks of being on 1200 lithium and 300 lithobid, people started telling me I seemed like myself again. And I was feeling much better. My anxiety was way down and I wasn’t having strange spikes into delirium.So I don’t know why, but lithobid was a completely useless drug for me, while lithium did its job. They should be the same thing, right? But if you’re having problems on lithobid, I guess know that it’s possible for you to react to it differently than plain ol’ lithium.”

L (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 12, 2018


For Bipolar Disorder “I started having severe depression in 1971b(suicidal ideations) followed by manic episodes that ended in psychosis, jail and mental institutions. I held the manic episodes at bay by consuming large amounts of alcohol. After a hospitalization in 1979 for depression, I was prescribed lithium. I quit taking lithium once in 1983 to go natural and wound up in the puzzle house. I have been taking it ever since (1200 mg/ day) and have experienced no perceptible side effects. I just had blood work done and have normal kidney and liver function. I did quit drinking and I now exercise regularly. I am now retired after a successful marriage and career. I have lived a good life.”

tjj1952 (taken for 10 years or more) February 20, 2018


For Bipolar Disorder “I have been struggling with bipolar for 17 years, and nothing has worked as well as Lithium. The side effects are uncomfortable as far as the upset stomach feeling, but eating with the medication helps.”

ldc12 August 25, 2015


For Bipolar Disorder “My manias have definitely been ‘filed down’ so far….Though I now have mixed states and anger is highly apparent during mania. Though I’m unsure if Lithium is to blame here for I’ve always had anger issues. But it seems more intense.”

Dragonley February 25, 2015


For Bipolar Disorder “Many years ago I was diagnosed with bipolar ll. Lithium was my doctor’s first choice. Not even sure how effective it was. The side effects were awful. I could not work, I lost down to 95 pounds. I was so weak I had difficulty climbing stairs. I shook so bad I could not sign my own name. Then my doctor started to add all sorts of medicines to counteract the side effects. I became hypothyroid had to take medicines for that, tremor had to take medicines for that (didn’t work well). Dr. decreased dose (didn’t help much). I was on leave from work for 12 weeks. Finally stopped the lithium. It took awhile for my Dr. to believe my problems with this medicine because they were not typical. Those 12 weeks were the worst.”

lexana (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 9, 2014


For Schizoaffective Disorder “Most effective medicine I’ve had so far. Unfortunately, had to stop taking due to kidney effects.”

gertie67 (taken for 1 to 2 years) March 24, 2013

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