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Bipolar medicine lithium carbonate

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    August 8, 2014 7:00:21 PM PDT

    I HAVE HAD to take lithium carbonate since 1978, which is 36 years.  300 mlg three times a day.

    Will this eventually hurt my major organs or body in some way?  Please explain... as I am

    concerned about it.

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    August 9, 2014 12:28:57 AM PDT

    Greetings P,

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    Have you measured your levels?

    There are certainly risks with elevated levels. I will return with quantitative specific information about the particular organs and the magnitude of those risks. 

    1. What is your age? (+/- 2 years)

    2. What other Medical conditions do you have?

    3. What other medications do you take?

    Please clarify your dose of medication: 

    300 Milligrams  = every eight hours. (aka, ~three times per day)

    I look forward to hearing from you,

    Kind regards, 



    This post was edited by DrSocial Admin at August 9, 2014 9:25:31 AM PDT
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    August 9, 2014 8:33:45 AM PDT

    Dear P,

    I found a nice article related to your queston: 

    Lithium is associated with increased risk of

    1. reduced urinary concentrating ability (this can cause excessive urination)

    2. hypothyroidism,

    3. hyperparathyroidism, 

    4. weight gain.

    1. This can lead to Diabetes Insipidus -

    Diabetes insipidus (die-uh-BEE-teze in-SIP-uh-dus) is an uncommon disorder characterized by intense thirst, despite the drinking of fluids (polydipsia), and the excretion of large amounts of urine (polyuria). In most cases, it's the result of your body not properly producing, storing or releasing a key hormone, but diabetes insipidus can also occur when your kidneys are unable to respond properly to that hormone. 

    There is little evidence for a clinically significant reduction in renal function in most patients, and the risk of end-stage renal failure is low. The risk of congenital malformations is uncertain; the balance of risks should be considered before lithium is withdrawn during pregnancy. Because of the consistent finding of a high prevalence of hyperparathyroidism, calcium concentrations should be checked before and during treatment.

    This post was edited by DrSocial Admin at April 7, 2015 9:19:47 AM PDT
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