Health QuestionsCategory: MedicationsLithium long term effects
PBF asked 2 years ago

Hi,  
 
I just started lithium for bipolar II.  The lamictal didn’t seem to keep me stable so we’re trying this.  I read a lot about lithium fucking up your kidneys and thyroid gland.  It scares me a little.  Are the chances of me getting kidney and thyroid problems high in the long run?  I wonder.  For those who’ve been on lithium for a while, how are your kidneys and thyroid?
 
Thanx
 
PBF

3 Answers
martasi answered 2 years ago

Re: Lithium long term effects
I think kidney damage is more uncommon than thyroid changes. Lithium can lower thyroid levels and function and sometimes it happens pretty quickly. That’s why you need to have regular labs to test levels of both. Some people on long-term Li have to supplement w/thyroid, some don’t. Again, it’s all individual.
 
Maybe someone else can comment on the kidney part of it.

Glen answered 2 years ago

Re: Lithium long term effects
One of the best sources of Lithium info ………..
 
http://www.cpa-apc.org/Publications/Archives/CJP/2001/May/Lithium.asp
 
Quote:

Lithium-related renal failure seems to be a rare event influenced by a disparate assortment of nonlithium variables.

martasi answered 2 years ago

Re: Lithium long term effects
Also try these sites for comprehensive Lithium information (from a previous post):  
 
The Madison Institute of Medicine, Inc. at http://www.miminc.org  
 
Also the Lithium information page on the Madison site at  http://www.miminc.org/aboutlithinfoctr.html  
 

PBF asked 3 years ago

Hi,  
 
I just started lithium for bipolar II.  The lamictal didn’t seem to keep me stable so we’re trying this.  I read a lot about lithium fucking up your kidneys and thyroid gland.  It scares me a little.  Are the chances of me getting kidney and thyroid problems high in the long run?  I wonder.  For those who’ve been on lithium for a while, how are your kidneys and thyroid?
 
Thanx
 
PBF

3 Answers
martasi answered 2 years ago

Re: Lithium long term effects
I think kidney damage is more uncommon than thyroid changes. Lithium can lower thyroid levels and function and sometimes it happens pretty quickly. That’s why you need to have regular labs to test levels of both. Some people on long-term Li have to supplement w/thyroid, some don’t. Again, it’s all individual.
 
Maybe someone else can comment on the kidney part of it.

Glen answered 2 years ago

Re: Lithium long term effects
One of the best sources of Lithium info ………..
 
http://www.cpa-apc.org/Publications/Archives/CJP/2001/May/Lithium.asp
 
Quote:

Lithium-related renal failure seems to be a rare event influenced by a disparate assortment of nonlithium variables.

martasi answered 2 years ago

Re: Lithium long term effects
Also try these sites for comprehensive Lithium information (from a previous post):  
 
The Madison Institute of Medicine, Inc. at http://www.miminc.org  
 
Also the Lithium information page on the Madison site at  http://www.miminc.org/aboutlithinfoctr.html  
 

PBF asked 3 years ago

Hi,  
 
I just started lithium for bipolar II.  The lamictal didn’t seem to keep me stable so we’re trying this.  I read a lot about lithium fucking up your kidneys and thyroid gland.  It scares me a little.  Are the chances of me getting kidney and thyroid problems high in the long run?  I wonder.  For those who’ve been on lithium for a while, how are your kidneys and thyroid?
 
Thanx
 
PBF

3 Answers
martasi answered 2 years ago

Re: Lithium long term effects
I think kidney damage is more uncommon than thyroid changes. Lithium can lower thyroid levels and function and sometimes it happens pretty quickly. That’s why you need to have regular labs to test levels of both. Some people on long-term Li have to supplement w/thyroid, some don’t. Again, it’s all individual.
 
Maybe someone else can comment on the kidney part of it.

Glen answered 2 years ago

Re: Lithium long term effects
One of the best sources of Lithium info ………..
 
http://www.cpa-apc.org/Publications/Archives/CJP/2001/May/Lithium.asp
 
Quote:

Lithium-related renal failure seems to be a rare event influenced by a disparate assortment of nonlithium variables.

martasi answered 2 years ago

Re: Lithium long term effects
Also try these sites for comprehensive Lithium information (from a previous post):  
 
The Madison Institute of Medicine, Inc. at http://www.miminc.org  
 
Also the Lithium information page on the Madison site at  http://www.miminc.org/aboutlithinfoctr.html