Our expert says:
It does indeed sound as though you may have reached toxic levels with the lithium and I hope you are now returning to normal levels. The levels should settle within a few days if you have returned to the previous, recommended dose. I think people too seldom get the necessary explanations that should go along with a prescription of lithium, that this is very different from taking any other med --- in some ways its more like a vaccination --- you should NOT feel any immediate effect from taking the tablets ---m if one keeps the blood levels within the right limits, it can be very helpful in controlling the mood swings of a bipolar disorder, but unlike a valium, for instance, where you can swallow a tablet and feel the impact in 10 minutes, lithium is not like that. And if the blood lev els are too low, one needs to gently nudge them up so they don't overshoot, and there will be benefits, but not immediately felt. And of course much of the benefit one wants from Lithium is in what you WON'T feel, by avoiding the peaks and troughs of mood swings
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