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Lithium belongs to the drug class: antimanic agents and it is sold under the US brand names:
Lithobid, Eskalith, Eskalith-CR. More than 5.7 million American adults or 2.6 percent of the
population age 18 or older in any given year have bipolar disorder. Lithium is helping some of
this American. It has become one of the first and widely used psychiatric drugs for the
treatment of bipolar disorder in the United States, since its approval in the 1970s. It also has
become one of the most studied psychiatric medications.
Lithium is an effective drug for bipolar disorder as its properties help to prevent, as well as
stabilize, manic-depressive mood swings that occur in this psychiatric condition. By controlling
mood disorder, it also reduces the risk of suicide. This is an advantage of lithium that is lacking
in some other drugs. But it is more effective in preventing depression than it is in preventing
mania. However, it needs time to develop and reach its ideal therapeutic level in the body
before it induces any effects. Usually it takes about 1-3 weeks, however, in the case of sudden
or acute bipolar episodes, if lithium hasn’t reached its optimum level in the client’s body, it can
be prescribed along with other medications for effectiveness.
Lithium can also be prescribed for other psychiatric disorders besides bipolar disorder. It can be
useful when other drugs fail in conditions such as schizophrenia, major depression, and certain
psychiatric problems in children.
Mechanism of Action:
Although lithium had been used for more than 50 years in the treatment of bipolar
disorder, its mechanism of action was unknown; until 1998. Scientists didn’t know the cause of
mood swings in bipolar disorder either. A study made in 1998, by a group of researchers from
Wisconsin University shed light on how lithium works and why it is effective. It was concluded
that lithium acts on certain nerve cells in the brain and the receptors of the neurotransmitter
glutamate. Lithium has a dual effect on these receptors, and using this, it helps to regulate the
level of glutamate between cells, preventing it from reaching too high or too low concentrations.
According to the director of this research, Dr. Lowell Hokin, who is also a school
professor of pharmacology at Wisconsin University; too little glutamate between neurons cause
depression, while excessive amounts of glutamate cause mania. But it is also believed that
there are more causes and factors involved in these disorders besides the level of glutamate,
but nevertheless, the study has been very helpful as it has uncovered the fundamental causes
of bipolar disorder.
I’m on 1500 mg a day I don’t like the high amount of it I’m on but it works I have to drink tons of water everyday but I do because I have to. It doesn’t take the depression away all the way I need an anti depressant plus I’m hearing and seeing things that aren’t real which is a reason as to why I’m on such a high dosage. Hoping to get it lowered and on other meds that won’t damage my kidneys no more than I have already. Other than that I love the drug
May I ask you if you have ever tried to get free and informed consent from this particular patient population you've worked with about these drugs you recklessly advertise here? Don't you think that those people need to learn the cons of these drugs as well?Where is the information about the adverse effects as well as the withdrawal symptoms of these drugs in this youtube video?
What about the comparisons of episode rates between the ones who're strictly committed to this drug regiments vs the ones who have never used any drugs in the patient population ? I haven't seen any figure about the success rates either. Where is the comparison of the suicide rates between the ones who use these drugs vs the ones who don't use them at all.
Is there any information about different treatment options? What do you offer to those people who can no longer take these drugs due to heart problems, thyroid problems, obessity, liver and kidney failure as a result of the chronic use of these drugs? Isn't it true that these people will suffer not only because of these very serious problems but also the withdrawal symptoms of these drugs then? Isn't it true that there's no turning back once after they've irreversably wrecked their health? Isn't it true that those people will die in great emotional and physical pains in the end?
Are you really a nurse? Do you have a soul? As far as I know nurses should be the advocates of their patients. Why don't u defend your patients' right to freely choose their treatment options? My advise to you is to quit to be the part of this psychiatric scam which first creates chemical dependencies in these unfortunate suffering indiduals and then makes money by managing these psychiatrically created chemical dependencies.
Let's take a look at this combination of drugs people labeled bipolar take each day in order to prevent relapses one by one:
1. Lithium, is a very well-known poison which will give you nothing but thyroid problems sooner or later at the time when your immune system weakens when you get older, and beware that this problem would be deadly in conjunction with a heart problem.
2. Valproic acid which is an antiepileptic drug in fact. The ones who have epilepsy can use this drug realatively safely as they get with much lower doses than bipolars. But don't forget that you get this drug in 5000 times higher doses than than epilepsy patients. There's no need to be a psychiatrist or pharmacologist or a physician to guess that sooner or later that would lead to liver or kidney failure in the long run.
3 One of the central nervous system drugs which would definitely lead to health issues such as heart problems and diabetes.
4. Antipsychotics which wouldl definitely lead to irreversable dysfiguring neurological problems like parkinson like disases in the long run ( if you don't already suffer) as well as metabolic disorders, type 2 diabetes and obessity which is accepted as number one cause of cancer.
It's scientific fact that people episode even if they strictly take this drug regiment as much as the ones who don't take any drugs (just follow the researches on internet) at all. Moreover they can't quit these drugs because of the debilitating withdrawal symptoms of them.
Now my question here is what will you do when your urologist endocrinologist, cardiologist and neurologist altogether say that you must quit these drugs otherwise it will have grave and even deadly consequences for you? What are you planing to do then?
I always say this to those people who're lured into this psychiatric scam: The question here is not whether or not you're to quit these drugs. Because you'll definitely quit them sooner or later. The real question here is when you'll do it. Is it after or before irreversably wrecking your health?
My psychiatrist absolutely will not prescribe Lithium even though I asked. He’s been a Psych for 42 years, and he says almost every single patient he’s put on lithium over the years has ended up with Kidney Failure.
+Fake CNN Bomb Have fun with damaged kidneys I was also a heavy drinker to while I was taking meds which didnt help so they had a lil help I guess they put me on 300mg of lithium twice a day a month later my kidneys shot livers shot but I dont know no dr will tell me anything but yeah I also gained weight on lithium and was also on olanzopine plus I did od on the lithium that I wont lie about
Its known as both. Lamictal, depakote, tegretol etc. Are all simply referred to as mood stabilizers even though they're technically anti convulsants. Lithium is a mood stabilizer - though also classed as an Anti-Manic agent. Psychopharmacology is confusing lol...
Worst drug I've ever been prescribed. I had nasty headaches, tremors, it tore up my stomach, it gave me blurry vision and all kinds of other bad side effects. I had the personality of wallpaper. I would rather be manic or depressed than feel like I did on Lithium. Sure, it stabilized my mood...but I was a zombie when I was on it. There's better medication out there.
Has anyone been able to get by and not have kidney or thyroid issues on a low dose of Lithium - like 450 mg.? Depression from BPII has been the hardest symptom to deal with and it comes and goes, but when it comes on full force in Spring and Summer, Lithium is the only thing that helps it. I seem to be able to get by on just 450 mg. but I am not young (almost 52) and I am afraid of kidney and thyroid issues if I stay on it long term. Will continue to get things tested.
Last time I quit, it was because I was getting some kind of skin irritation on my face. But it didn't take long for the BP to start showing symptoms again and then I found myself in a serious depressive episode.
*** I do so much natural stuff for depression - yoga, exercise, sauna, nutrition, meditation, try to stay social, help others, engage in hobbies and work and I am still flattened by clinical depression at some times of the year more than others. Been through years of many medications that did not work or made the BP a lot worse. Lithium is the thing that seems to work and I am kind of pissed about it because it scares me to stay on it long term.
I take 850 mgs of lithium everyday it has saved my life no joke I’m bipolar 1 & cycled sometimes hundreds of times a day Was without sleep for two WEEKS lithium completely saved me from inevitable suicide
Anable Anna I’m not on any other medications I’ve tried everything under the sun and nothing worked as quick and efficiently as lithium has I suggest you have your son try this medication because it will give immediate relief and I’ve had zero side effects except a bit of weight gain In the long run it can damage your kidneys and thyroid but I think it’s worth it Living happy is worth it
I would continue taking lithium if it didn't give me terrible acne. I see my doctor in a few weeks so I hope to work out a good treatment plan. I've had this illness for 17 years and I still hate taking meds. I stop them more often now. Meds make me very overwhelmed. Lithium levels irritate me. It's too much to worry about. I've been dealing with this for too long and I'm still so young. I don't want to deal with meds for any longer.
I have schizophreinia and doctor prescribed residone to me but each day i vomite alot and tremble head to toe although he insists on 10 mg and i take only 5 mg what is your opinion and i felt more comfortable with amlespride and losed some wieght thanks note i used not to have any agitations of anger before and no sleeping problemes and no visual or audiable fakes or hallusinations but there where real abusement to me and try to kill me and i only could have small anger and went to her daughter and pulled not strongly her hair but they then treated me very badly and put me to psychological doctor all of them said i can continue my life without the drug but the recent doctor of residone and it truly hurts me please help middle east in medicine it is not progressed thanks
I've been on it for quite a while and it hasn't helped me at all.
I was just as good, before I went on it.
And that memory/confusion side effect, oh God it's so true!
I had no idea it was the lithium doing that.
I used to have a great memory!
Wtf are they doing to my poor, and otherwise healthy, body?
Thank you for advocating on the side of caution.
This is definitely important and something I am going to insist my doctor stays on top of - thyroid and kidney tests. It's figured that the only thing that helps me is Lithium, but my depression is so bad, that at least I am glad something helps. No other mood stabilizers have and the Lithium Orotate stuff you can buy without an Rx did nothing for me, though others claim it has helped them.
I am so sorry. That much be very difficult and frightening. I don't know if this would help you, but I sit in a sauna 2-3 times a week, which helps my depression and my anxiety.
It also helps take the burden off of the kidneys by about a 1/3 from what I have read as the skin is considered a third kidney. I hope you get better or find the things that work to make this manageable for you. Best wishes!
thank you . I 60 years old now .i realy dont know who or what to blame my doctor retired .two years tring to find new med .I got sick wound up inthe hospital for a differant problem thats how ifound out about my kidneys . when i found out they were functioning at 20 percent now i holding at about 16 percent.
I’ve tried Lamictal and Depakote. They partially work, but it’s just not enough. I don’t know who I am anymore. I don’t recognize the person I’ve become since using said medications. I was diagnosed at the age of 16 (I’m 18 now) and my memory has become shitty. It used to be extremely good. I have concentration problems, I use 1800mg of Depakote a day and I still have mood swings. I’m not the same person I used to be. I fucking love and hate the effects of this disease. I think I’ll ask my psychologist if I can switch to lithium. Hope it’ll work.
I have been on lithium for two months. After a week into treatment, I started going diarrhea but my psychiatrist said this was not toxicity. I'm frustrated because my dr. Won't stop the medication despite my symptoms. My blood work was still beneath the therapeutic range but my blood work indicated hypothyroidism. Your video was thorough and informative. Do you have advice on the diarrhea?
How does one go about being diagnosed and getting help with bipolar disorder? Because I've been experiencing the symptoms for a while now (mania and depression), but Idk who to tell? Like do I tell my regular doctor and they have me go see a specialist? Or do I have to reach out to someone else? I'm really unsure of what to do so any help would be greatly appreciated!
quiche lorraine go to a nutritionist It’s an in balance of vitamins and minerals it’s definitely a deficiency don’t fix your mood swings you’re bipolar symptomsWith more chemicals use what
your body really needs natural minerals and vitamins
im 16 this year wss horrible for me 2 sexual assaults , losing my mom and a breakup of 19 months, losing friends, ive been so depressed and having bad suicidal thoughts since may, will this help?? plus i have bad panic attacks when im crying,
Hi diamond 💎
Yes, You need to find a compassionate therapist who understands trauma. Also if you’re depressed you might need medication. I hope you have the means to find someone. Bless you young one. Please start your therapy now so you can heal and you will not have problems as an adult. It will take a while but it’s so worth it
Robert - I really hope so. I got all freaked out on 450 mg and stopped it and I slowly descended into another severe depression episode ( I have BP II) and now am back on. To hear comments such as hers really scares me. But my very severe depression scares me more. I hope being on a lower dose is a lot less chance of health problems.
I tried taking 50% less lithium than I was prescribed. I went from 2,100mg to 1,200mg. Felt fine for 2-3 days then slowly mania was creeping in & after a week I just felt completely off. I thought it was just salt at first, some bullshit medication that pharmecutical companies push for money. I couldn't have been any more wrong. There is some really nasty side effects like weight gain and back acne but I have no god damn choice because I am headed for a mental hospital if I don't take it.
Give this girl a burger her arms he poor health just stimulates that we aren't interested when you are not well. I was looking for information but I'm instead reminded that they're several people not well. Message me I will buy her a healthy dinner.
This is exactly what happened to my mother after 12 years of taking lithium. Plus she has long term kidney damage caused by it. Lithium crystallises the kidneys. She also had severe hand tremors, like Parkinson's. She should never have been prescribed lithium, as she is not bipolar. Just isolated psychotic episodes caused by emotional shock.
I rather take lithium and mood stabilizers then buy into societies bullshit..that is if you decide to connect to it ...not to mention the fact that America has become so fucking nosey people can't smell their own shit ...which is exactly what they need to do...examine yourself and leave the crazies like me the hell alone...figure it the fuck out
I'm so desperate to feel normal again.Everyday is just a struggle to get through the day.I feel very depressed and very much alone.Sadly I think about suicide everyday because I want the emotional pain to stop.I try to find ways to help myself but all the medications I've tried make me feel worse.If I didn't have to worry about getting through the day no more without feeling alone and sad it'd be a miracle.
Elusive Anomaly Keep your head up stay strong remember nobody is perfect other people are struggling to your not the only one try to find things to do that you enjoy try to eat well get your body in shape get strong and healthy.Good Luck !!
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There's no such institution as "Wisconsin University", you're probably thinking of University of Wisconsin-Madison, or simply referred to as "University of Wisconsin". The University of Wisconsin is pretty renown in the medical research, so I'm surprised whoever provided the script to read would have made that mistake.
Well you can say 2.6% of the US population is diagnosed with bipolar but that's a rather a misleading statistic as US doctors are paid by pharmaceutical company's to give out prescriptions of their drug and the large amount of advertising and promotion of pharmaceuticals in the US.
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Antidepressants are medications that can help relieve symptoms of depression, social anxiety disorder, anxiety disorders, seasonal affective disorder, and dysthymia, or mild chronic depression, as well as other conditions.
They aim to correct chemical imbalances of neurotransmitters in the brain that are believed to be responsible for changes in mood and behavior.
Depression Medications (Antidepressants)
These are the most commonly prescribed type of antidepressant.
Serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) are used to treat major depression, mood disorders, and possibly but less commonly attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders, menopausal symptoms, fibromyalgia, and chronic neuropathic pain.
SNRIs raise levels of serotonin and norepinephrine, two neurotransmitters in the brain that play a key role in stabilizing mood.
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants. They are effective in treating depression, and they have fewer side effects than the other antidepressants.
SSRIs block the reuptake, or absorption, of serotonin in the brain. This makes it easier for the brain cells to receive and send messages, resulting in better and more stable moods.
They are called "selective" because they mainly seem to affect serotonin, and not the other neurotransmitters.