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Lamictal to lithium

Anna38

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Hi, so i havent really been that good on lamictal, doesnt help that much. My pychiatrist wants me to come off lamictal now and start on lithium. Im also on cipralex. Does anyone have any experience of changing mood stabilizers and if lithium will be a better option?
 
BetaMale

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While lamictal is really good for depression and doesn't really help with mania, lithium helps more with mania than with depression. Lithium has side effects like weight gain and the possibility of kidney damage or hypothyroidism whereas lamictal is a more benign medication.

I'm assuming you have bipolar disorder, so when you take an SSRI like cipralex there is always a risk of mania for which an antimanic like lithium may be required.
 
Bipolarbear2

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I'm on both of these medications. Lithium is the best mood stabilizer. Even doctors don't know exactly how or why. It has a proven track record.

Betamale already said about weight gain and hypothyroidism (which I have.) You have to have blood tests every 6 months so they can check your thyroid levels. It also makes you thirsty. I have been very stable on lithium for twenty years and while I did put on weight, I'm not Overweight. Good luck.
 
LadyDomino

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Like @Bipolarbear2 I'm on both. I have tried coming off each of them at separate times, but became very unstable.

IMO most medications come with the risk of weight gain.

I have hypothyroidism, but the good new of that is in England it means you qualify for free prescritions (you need to apply for a vaild medical exemption certificate).

I have blood tests every 3 months to check whether the lithium levels are stable and check kidney function and cholestrol (and other routine medical checks).

Lithium does conflict with other medications, such as ibruprofean, so check with a pharmasist before taking over the counter meds.

But overall I find the combination of the 2 plue an anti depressant and anti psycotic works for me.
 
Anna38

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Thankyou for your replies. Very good information 😊😊
 
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