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Re: Is the LITHIUM causing this? chloe

Posted by Mitch on September 29, 2001, at 12:00:13

In reply to Is the LITHIUM causing this?, posted by chloe on September 29, 2001, at 10:14:44

> I am taking 600 mgs Li ER (along with a tad of Celexa, 500 mgs neurontin and 7 mgs diazapam) but don't really have any of the "classic" annoying side effects of Li. But I do have this edgy, jittery feeling inside all the time. When I lie in bed, I just hear my heart pounding away. I feel terribly over caffineated, though that is NOT the cause, since I have almost cut out caffeine :(.
> Can anyone tell me if they exerience this inner *activation*? I hate feeling all jazzed up. Is there any way that this could diminish as my neurons get used to the Li? Or is this a permanent feature of this med? All the searching I have done, does not mention an inner shakiness. Just a hand tremor. And surprisingly, I have not developed that.
> The other disappointing thing, is that I thought my mood and irritability had improved over the 10 days I have been on Li. But last night, I had two very abusive rage outbursts, at rather minor triggers. My pdoc assured me that Li is very good for "rage" etc. But now I am quite disillusioned.
> If anyone has any insight or experience to why I feel so "jittery" inside and short fused, please respond. I would so appreciate some insight to help me get through this weekend.
> Ever grateful,
> Chloe

Hi Chloe,

So, your pdoc has upped your lithium from 300mg to 600mg day? You must have had some positive response. I wonder if you are just going through a little jag (for a few days) as a response to the increased dosage. You seemed to have that problem when you first started it and then you seemed to level out ok. As far as angry outbursts go, I notice that when my depression lifts I start to care about stuff that I previously didn't appear to have any interest in and it can take people by surprise and you can get into a shouting match-because they think you are not paying any attention to it. I think you can get through this ok. I would suggest talking to your doc about hanging around at 600mg/day for a while (a few weeks) before any more increases (if any) so you can adjust to it a little better.




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