jody1971 Posted July 16, 2005 Share Posted July 16, 2005 For those of you on Lithium and especially the generic form of lithium please watch your doctor on how they prescribe it to you and your pharmacy on how they deliver it to you. My insurance company makes me do the mail order pharmacy deal. I have been taking 300mg capsules manufactured by Roxane for the past 3 months. The first month my doc had me on Lithobid because of the stomach "issues" generic Li causes. I ordered my 90 day supply a few weeks ago through the mail order deal and received tabs vs the normal capsules I usually take. I took my first dose of tabs last night when I got home from work around 2am. At 9am this morning I was up vomiting, dry heaving, shaking and crying uncontrollably. I called my doctor and he told me there shouldn't be any difference in caps vs tabs. I then called my regular pharmacist at my local Walgreens and talked to him and he said that NO - with Li you should NEVER change manufacturers or types. I called my doc back and told him what the pharmacist said and he agreed to phone me in my usual Li 300mg capsule meds. Definitely a lesson learned on this. Don't fix what's not broken! What really is the clincher is that I have to do an online order of my meds and the doc prescribed my Li 300mg capsules but the "online pharmacy" was OUT of the caps and substituted the tabs in place of them. I called their customer service and chewed them out and told them what happened to me this morning. She then told me they are STILL out of them and that I would have to call my doc to have him phone in a script to my local pharmacy. I asked her if it's possible to just get my Li script filled all the time at my local pharmacy and she said that I can. Moral of the story is that pharmacists are sometimes just as knowledgeable as the docs. Ask questions. I don't wish what happened to me this morning on my worst enemy! The sad thing is that it happened again tonight at work to where I had to come home. I hope the tabs are out of my system now. Crossing fingers! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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