Lithium is a metal ; I’m allergic to metals yet Dr did not pick up on this though I listed RX I could not take .
It ravaged my body and when I complained the ” coated ” version of Lithium was prescribed .
I had prior kidney issues . I had been diagnosed with IBS which I now treat as ” leaky gut ” .
Lithium can generate brain cell growth as I discussed with my last Psychiatrist . She thought I was brilliant and told me I should become a Dr !
We tried 3 mg of Lithium and signs of toxicity quickly followed through out my body and I quit it .
I recalled the blood test and lethargic results of Lithium prescribed by an accredited, founding father of a psychiatrist who by luck did not kill me .
13 years of my medical records bear out an ineptitude that is mind blowing .
He has retired . He has a debilitating disease he has lived and worked with for decades .
Lithium is commonly prescribed to people diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The drug is often continued indefinitely as a “maintenance” treatment because it is theorized to have a preventive effect as a “mood stabilizer.” However, it requires constant monitoring because lithium toxicity can damage several body systems and even lead to death.
Now, a new study has demonstrated that lithium use causes chronic kidney disease at an increased rate, particularly in those who used the drug long-term.
“Patients treated with lithium are at increased risk of chronic kidney disease after long-term exposure,” the researchers write.
The researchers note that more than half of those who begin taking lithium discontinue the drug because of its adverse effects. Lithium levels must be measured every three to six months because the drug can accumulate in the brain and cause permanent brain damage (“neural toxicity”). In addition, thyroid damage is common, with those taking lithium about six times more likely to have hypothyroidism than the general population. Another concern of note is the risk of severe kidney damage. About 20% of those taking lithium experience nephrogenic diabetes insipidus, and, in some cases, the kidney damage may be irreversible.
The current study was published in the top-tier psychiatric journal Lancet Psychiatry, and the research was led by Filip Fransson at Umeå University, Sweden.