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I've been taking lithium carbonate ER for 2 years. The pill was manufactured by Glenmark, Inc. It is a pink round pill with 233 stamped on it.
I have to do mail order prescriptions, and the company just sent me lithium carbonate ER pills from a different manufacturer, Rising. They are pink and round and have P 300 screened on them.
I'm a little wary to be changing manufacturers, even though my doctor and pharmacist have ensured it will be OK. Is it possible that my lithium levels or side effects will change?
Ever since I started Lithium about 4 weeks ago, I developed something like a neck twitch where my head tenses up and spazzes, kind of like a little shake back and forth (I don't know what this is called). I don't know how noticeable/subtle it is but I feel like other people can notice it. It only happens when people say words that grab my attention for example if I hear someone say bipolar in my support group or at my job, my head does It. I was watching Homeland (female lead has BP and on lithium for anyone who isn't familiar with it) and she was talking about her Lithium and my head/neck did it, every time the word was said! This was very embarrassing because I was with my girlfriend.
I'm wondering if this has happened to anyone else or what it could be from? How did you fix it?! It makes me so anxious every time it happens and I'm scared that someone at my job or class will notice!!
PS- Since I have started Lithium, I have also been startled more easily (I am already a very easily startled person before). I also notice that my public speaking anxiety has risen- after I was just beginning to get it under control. My voice gets shaky and I feel like I can't talk when talking in front of people, which is much more severe than it was before.
I'm not sure if these 3 are related but I REALLY REALLY appreciate any input/experiences anyone can share!!
Hi everyone, I have had a mood disorder dx since I was 14. Currently 24 and dx changed to BP 2. Haven't taken meds seriously until I was 22 or so. Was doing relatively well on Latuda 40 and lamictal 200 until I decided I didn't need medication about a year ago. For the past 8 months I have been back on lamictal and latuda ranging from 100-300 and 80-20 respectively. I feel it has made no difference in my agitated and depressed mood so my pdoc added 900 lithium 3 weeks ago. Haven't noticed a difference except slightly less agitation. So I just started 1350 on the lithium. In conclusion, latuda 20, lamictal 300, and lithium 1350 don't seem to be helping. Why is my bipolar so resistant?! Anyone else have similar experience with these meds not working? What worked for you ?My pdoc said he will add the Emsam patch once I'm stable for depression..
I recently started Parnate and titrated up to 20 mg, and am titrating my Adderall gradually (currently at 12.5 mg/day) to see what dose I can tolerate with it, and have Mirapex (1 mg) along with it, which I've found to by highly synergistic, as just the beginning of this week, I woke up and suddenly noticed that I suddenly felt amazing . I don't want to speak too soon or jinx myself by declaring "I have achieved euthymia!" (though this has been a pretty amazing week!), and I'm on a baby dose of Parnate (which I hope my pdoc will titrate up, and hope it will affect me even better than I have experienced lately), and my track record with medicines, when they've worked, has been to achieve a response for a few weeks and then they will poop out after just a few weeks. The only exception was Cymbalta, which worked for several months in a row.
What I'm looking for is to maintain these fantastic results that I've achieved lately from Parnate and Mirapex that were recently added, and to my knowledge, lithium is a good maintenance medicine. I am taking Lamictal, which I've read both maintains or just delays the precipitation of a depressive episode, but I feel like I need some added "protection..."
Has anyone had experience with maintaining euthymia with lithium?
On what other drugs have you experienced a "maintenance" of euthymia?
Thanks for any responses!