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Did anybody experience any negatives when tapering off Lithium?
Did it cause sleep problems when you tapered it? If so, how long?
 
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I am sorry you have had no answers till now. My Lithium treatment was abruptly stopped because I was drinking far too much alcohol alongside. So it was stopped before I was discharged from hospital. I did not experience wakefulness. An anti-psychotic was added to my treatment. I slept like a log from the first night. I hope you can talk to a Doctor and get this sorted out.
 
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I didn't have any problems at all coming off of Lithium and changing over to Depakote. 👍
 
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Hi, I am currently tapering lithium and I do experience sleep problems. I started in December. The insomnia started about 3 weeks into the tapering process and is still present. I'm on 100 mg now, almost done, but the depression and insomnia are very difficult to handle.
I had only been taking lithium for two years.
 
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I tried tapering off lithium, I went from 600mg to 500mg. When I got to 500mg I went into full mania - I couldn't function. Never again
 
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I tried tapering off lithium, I went from 600mg to 500mg. When I got to 500mg I went into full mania - I couldn't function. Never again
Thanks for the response. Relieved your treatment worked to dampen down mania.
 
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Hi, I am currently tapering lithium and I do experience sleep problems. I started in December. The insomnia started about 3 weeks into the tapering process and is still present. I'm on 100 mg now, almost done, but the depression and insomnia are very difficult to handle.
I had only been taking lithium for two years.
Yes, and do you mind me asking what other meds are you on?
I'm on Mirtazipine but whenever I tried to reduce the Lithium ,it has a knock on effect on sleep.
It's great you have reduced it down. Was it a gradual taper? How many hours sleep do you get a night?
 
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I am also on quetiapine.
I tapered 100 mg per month.
It's hard to say how much sleep I get. It takes me at least 2 hours to fall asleep, then I sleep 2-3 hours and after that it is a lot of broken sleep, I'll wake up at least every hour.
 
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Ok. And was sleep more stable on Lithium?
Thanks for sharing by the way.

I'm finding Lithium quite sedating and I'm afraid if I taper it I wont sleep so well.

I want to lose Lithium but doctor has suggested a quick taper ( he wanted to taper 50 % and be done with it and replacing it with Quetiapine.

I have had an extreme reaction to that drug Quetiapine in hospital so I'm reluctant. It increased suicidal thoughts.
 
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Lithium has the opposite effect for me with daily diarrhoea. Its combined with Mirtazipine 15mg for some horrendous side effects. I'm just about handling these, but at the same time afraid to change anything.
Good luck with your new regimen .
 
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