About Lithium

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About Lithium

Lithium is used in mental illness, especially in emotional disorders. This includes the use in the case of the so-called mania, a morbidly elevated mood or the preventive treatment of strong mood swings (manic-depressive psychosis). Even patients with certain acute depression may take lithium in case of intolerance to other antidepressants.

What is the purpose of this ingredient?

    Preventing manic depressive disorders, schizoaffective psychoses and endogenous depression

  • Treat morbidly elevated moods such as mania and hypomania
  • Treat acute depression that can not be treated with antidepressants
  • Relieve Headache Tenses in Eye-Forehead Temples

That’s how lithium works

Below you will learn more about the fields of application and the mode of action of lithium.
Please also read the information on the drug group neuroleptics,
to which the active ingredient lithium belongs.

Areas of application of the active substance Lithium

Lithium is used in mental illness, especially in emotional disorders. This includes the use in the case of the so-called mania, a morbidly elevated mood or the preventive treatment of strong mood swings (manic-depressive psychosis). Even patients with certain acute depression may take lithium in case of intolerance to other antidepressants.

Finally, the active ingredient is also used to relieve seizure-related or chronic cluster headache. This so-called Bing-Horton syndrome is a severe half-sided pain attack in the eye-forehead-temples area with redness of the eye and increased tearing.

For the following Lithium application areas, in-depth information is available:

  • depression
  • psychosis
  • headaches

How lithium works

Lithium belongs to the group of neuroleptics. The exact mechanism of action has not yet been fully elucidated, but has to do with the influence of cellular signaling pathways in the brain. Whether and to what extent this is connected with the reduction of the body’s own messenger substance dopamine, whose activity is inhibited by all other neuroleptics, is also unclear.

Potential Lithium side effects may include:

Lithium used to treat the following diseases:

  1. Selma R. Bruno says:
    3.5 rating

    Lithium for Depression

    In just one month, you gain about 10 kg of weight, edema, spider veins, trembling of the hands (tremor), renal insufficiency, constant hunger and increase despite strict diet, despite relapse into depression and hypomanic phase despite increasing the daily dose ….. ergo not recommended, who previously had nothing, is then hospital ready

  2. Marsha R. Patti says:
    3.0 rating

    Lithium for Borderline

    Hi, take lithium for 9 weeks and have virtually no side effects. Only the hands shaking, which is very uncomfortable. The described weight gain was missing. I feel much better since then, the suicidality is completely gone and I am much more alert.

    Side effects: Trembling of the hands
  3. Robert J. Gay says:
    3.0 rating

    Lithium for Depression

    I take since about 2 months in the field of lithium therapy, the drug. There have been no positive change …. Side effects with me: Very extreme shaking of the hands under tension! Extreme weight increase … According to my doctor, water retention

  4. Paul K. Patterson says:
    4.5 rating

    Lithium for Depression

    Be 1.5 years severe depressive episode with panic attacks and generalized anxiety disorder. Panic Attacks: Venlaflaxin very good effect. Lyrica only minor effect. Other drugs have no effect. Generalized anxiety disorder: Lyrica very good effect, venlaflaxin moderate to good effect. Lamotrigine moderate effect. Depression: Therapy resistance to antidepressants of the SSRI and SSRNI class (venlaflaxin, sertraline, citalopram). Therapy to lithium. Wellbutrin low to moderate effect. Lamotrigine very good effect. Nicotine addiction (unplanned treatment): Wellbutrin very good effect. Side effects Venlaflaxin in the first four weeks: anxiety, dizziness, severe agitation, loss of libido, headache, sleep disorders. Venlaflaxin after the first four weeks: complete loss of libido. Lyrica: weight gain, initially tiredness. Wellbutrin: Sleep disorders, headache (both only at the beginning). Dry mouth. Lithium: Severe tremor, acne, weight gain, dry mouth, thirst. Lamotrigine: no side effects. After more than a year of drug treatment and unsuccessful treatments, I was prescribed the drug lamotrigine. This works very well, without side effects. Since I also have ADHD, it has modified my depression. The result was, as with many ADHD and depression patients, an extensive therapy license. According to my specialist in ADHD and mood disorders (depression, anxiety), the drugs Wellbutrin and Lamotrigine are in most cases very effective while classic antidepressants fail. After more than 1.5 years of immeasurable torment and suffering, I am finally on the road to recovery. Even if one does not believe it, it passes. PS: Was briefly treated with Seroquel (fatigue, appetite increase, weight gain) and Ritalin (agitation)

  5. Paul R. Nelson says:
    4.0 rating

    Lithium for Bipolar disorder; Depression

    Since the 21st of July 2010 I am being treated intensively, for the first time in my long history of suffering. Trevilor in combination with mirtazipine helped me out of very severe depression. However, I swung without mood stabilizer into the mania with delusions, psychotic symptoms. On my arrival on 21 August 2010 with a mania, the whole Trevilor was discontinued immediately. In the following months, the following settings were made: 1750 mg Ergenyl, 675 mg Litium (Quilonorm retard), Cipralex 15 mg, Elontril 300 mg, Mirtazipin 45 mg, Valdoxan 25 mg. Before that time, I had quite a few major depressions and hypomanic manic phases. I have gained about 12 kg under this medication mentioned above. I often feel shaky in my body, my muscles get tired very fast, I have less strength, physically as well as of the mind. I have tremors in the body, so tremor. Particularly noticeable is a heaviness of the legs. I do not like this at all. I am reasonably stable about the mood. But most of the time, I feel slightly depressed, especially when I feel my body that way. Ergenyl in combination with lamotrigine did not work at all. I was just shaking. I have very good experience with ECT in severe depression. She got me out of depression after a year. It does not seem to go without medication for this condition. I can not recommend discontinuing the medication, have always had relapses. When dosing Cipralex in the above-mentioned medication I got a tinnitus on the right ear. The connection is obvious. In the next few weeks and months I try to get by with less and less medication. I hope that at some point I might just need the mood stabilizers. Dear people, I have experienced such insane torments. I could not imagine that in the worst dreams. I hope that I can help one or the other with my presentation. All the best Mudito

    Side effects: Tremor; Increase in weight
  6. Jimmy L. Cowden says:
    4.0 rating

    Lithium for Depression

    Diagnosis: (severe) depression, anxiety and panic attacks 1st trial: Sertraline. At first massive anxiety increase. Ineffective against depression. Side effects: anxiety, agitation, depersonalization / derealization, loss of libido, cocaine pain. Abandoned after a short time. 2nd trial: venlaflaxin. Very effective against panic attacks. Ineffective against depression. Side effects: same as with sertraline. Ingestion to date (225mg / day) 3. Simultaneous treatment with Lyrica. Very effective against internal states of tension, general anxiety and agitation. No influence on the depression. Side effects: fatigue, hunger (weight gain) and slight increase in depressive inertia. 4. Following treatment with quetiapine (Seroquel). Something calming, but no effect on depression or anxiety disorder. Side effects: Massive hunger attacks and severe tiredness. After about 8 weeks again discontinued. 5. Timely treatment with lithium. Strong antisuizidal, otherwise no influence. Side effects: tremor, weight gain and acne. Taking until today. 6. On top of that, Bupoprion (Etronil). Initially highly effective against depression. After a few weeks of action disappeared. No effect on anxiety disorder. Side effects: tremor, dry mouth and sleep disorders. Unplanned treatment success against nicotine addiction. 7. On the whole cocktail again on top: Lamotrigine. Strong effect against depression. No effect on anxiety disorders. Side effects: none. 8. For 7 days try with Methylphenidad (Ritalin). No effect, various side effects. 9. Discontinuation of Lyrica and Wellbutrin without visible consequences. 10th attempt with Nortrilen. Drug very effective against depression. Side effect: Dry mouth, hunger, sleep problems and high blood pressure. Libido can not be assessed due to concomitant use of venlaflaxin. Right now I do not care about the side effects of Nortrilen. After 2 years and various attempts, the first antidepressant, which is really antidepressant. After 2 years of immeasurable suffering, I am finally on the way to recovery. For a long time I hesitated to take an old antidepressant. With all my medicine cocktail, I simply lacked the belief that something could actually work. However, I can highly recommend it for resistance to therapy today. However, the whole chemistry does not replace psychotherapy, which is necessary for longer-term recovery. Some years ago, I could not imagine why anyone could commit suicide. I was taught in a painful way a better one. Hold on, even if it does not look like it at all. It’s actually over.

  7. Ginger R. Hebert says:
    3.0 rating

    Lithium for Sleep disorders; Psychosis; Depression

    Amisulprid: strong weight gain (20 kg), severe fatigue, severe loss of libido, difficulty concentrating, withdrawal from friends (people in general) Dominal: good compatibility Lithium: good compatibility My biggest side effect is that I am constantly tired and depressed. But it is not whether it is from Amisulpride comes or whether it is a drug overdose of Dominal 80 mg.

  8. Ann J. Dinger says:
    4.5 rating

    Lithium for Bipolar disorder; Depression

    I have been taking Elontril for ten weeks and while my mood is much better and I do not feel like living under a bell any more (as with all the other depressants I’ve tried before – Cypralex, Cymbalta, Trevilor, Amitryptilin etc), unfortunately I am under very severe nausea, which I do not leave even after all these weeks. I first put it on my stomach ulcer, but now this week I have increased the dose again from 300mg to 450mg, and the nausea is suddenly much worse, a sweet taste at the moment has come to this. Can I still hope that these side effects (which can not be sustained in the long run) will go away even though I’ve had them for almost three months? I really want to avoid having to change again because otherwise the medicine will do me so much. I eat normally again (the ill sugar addiction that caused the other remedies went away overnight), and lost the 7 kilos I gained from the other remedies, the painful water retention in my legs is also gone , I am less tired, can finally work again, sleep well (the initial violent nightmares are now subsiding) etc. etc.

    Side effects: Nausea
  9. Peter A. Joseph says:
    4.0 rating

    Lithium for Depression

    I’ve been taking lithium for 3 days, as I’ve got a lot of depression and venlafaxine is not enough, but so far it’s the antidepressant, which has helped me the best so far. I have a strong nausea since the first evening. It starts about 1/2 to 1 hour after ingestion, but gets better during the day. Have a huge u. constant thirst and during the day I feel a little dizzy and I am also very tired u. tired. The Venlafaxin I take for 1 year and I’m fine so except a dry mouth, I did not notice.

    Side effects: Dizziness; Nausea; Thirst; Fatigue
  10. Jason S. Connell says:
    3.0 rating

    Lithium for Psychosis

    quilonorm retard (A) initially made itself felt slightly nausea, then I got my skin problems reinforced again, but they disappeared after 1 month. Now after the third month no side effects and I’m fine.

    Side effects: Nausea
  11. Kelli J. Hughes says:
    4.0 rating

    Change in May 2010 from Mitarzepine 45 mg to Cipralex 20mg. Despite creeping in very small steps unbearable. Extreme restlessness, almost manic, suicidal thoughts unbearable, it seemed like I was no longer me. 10 kg weight loss, at first very exhausting because there was no strength, want to starve? Has then leveled was ok because weight gain under mirtazapine 25 kg hardly sleep all the senses overwrought, at night 2 hours awake, emotionally even unstable. Working with other people works a little better. Always depressed in the background, crying in me. In November 2010 dose itself slowly reduced to 10 mg. Doctor knows by now. Still feeling alienated. Drug to function externally. Sleep disorder persists, fatigue, depression too. Unruly thoughts are often agony. Possibly there is almost no meaningful drug in PTSD, it’s all hopeful attempts. However, the lithium helps relatively well, only in combination with Cipralex occurs lebensnot gedädkt on.

    Side effects: Sleep disorders
  12. Gladys E. Palmer says:
    2.0 rating

    Lithium for Depression

    had to be deposed quickly, as there were enormous headaches.

    Side effects: Headache
  13. Christopher S. Burroughs says:
    3.5 rating

    It was like a miracle where else I drove low and suicidal thoughts determined my life … someday I read about a study and talked to my specialist … I took a whole day on the first day and on the 3rd day i was wondering about staying away my suicidal thoughts. I still can not believe it, when all the other medis had failed … Now I only take half when needed, and that is very rare.

    Side effects: No side effects
  14. Rose R. Raynor says:
    4.0 rating

    Lithium for Mood swings; Depression

    After tasting everything on the market, I finally take Jatrosom, 60 mg; 30 mg in the morning and 30 mg in the afternoon. Combined with lithium aspartate, which I take because I can not stand the normal quilonium (I was sick from morning to night), I escaped from a severe depression, in the end I was just in the apartment and did nothing more, me just wanted to kill. In the clinic, the MAO diet was started immediately and a little later I had the full dose of Jatrosom, 60 mg. Coupled with an incredibly high dose of lithium aspartate (3 x 5 tablets a 3.2 millimoles) against another mania, the jatrosome began to take effect after a short while, with my permanent suicidal thoughts gone one morning. The very high lithium dose was reduced to 3 x 3 tablets a 3.2 millimoles during the hospital stay, so my lithium level is around 0.7. The only side effect of lithium is that I often have a heavy lump in my throat, can not swallow properly, which is extremely unpleasant. My weight gain in the whole of the drug therapy in the last two years is about 20 kg. My kilo count used to be the same as when I was healthy and in everyday life, d. H. again had a higher basal metabolic rate, by itself. This time, nothing is doing, which is not nice, because at 165 cm to weigh about 85 kilos is not nice. Despite all the ifs and buts, I am very grateful that the Jatrosom acts as a last resort and I can lead a reasonably normal life again. With the diet I have no problems, since I eat almost no meat and sausage anyway. The other things that I’m not sure I can eat or not, I’ll just try.

    Side effects: Increase in weight
  15. Quincy E. Gowen says:
    1.5 rating

    Lithium for Mood swings

    After weaning I was fine.

  16. Carrie L. Harris says:
    4.5 rating

    Lithium for Mood swings; Psychosis

    I got lithium because of a schizoaffective psychosis. At first I had no side effects, but then it started. Weight gain was one thing, but before that, I was already warned and educated. But not about the tremor that started soon. My hands are shaking every morning, can hardly write anything on the PC. And when I’m excited or stressed out, my hands shake over the day, which I do not know about myself. My doctor says you can not do anything. The lithium level in the blood, which needs to be monitored regularly, is normal. At first, I was also extremely thirsty, could drink all day and was still thirsty, but that has stopped. My mood is balanced, however, do not fall into deep holes, but I can not get to nice heights. My psychotic symptoms, which were never completely gone despite other medications, are very well remedied with lithium.

    Side effects: Tremor; Thirst; Increase in weight
  17. Eugene M. Branum says:
    1.5 rating

    Lithium for Sleep disorders; Bipolar disorder

    Elontril makes you tired very fast Lithium causes a tremendous tremor Valproic acid has to be taken in high doses in order to achieve an effect

    Side effects: Tremor; Fatigue