Ask Health Experts and Get Answers to Your Health Question ASAP
. I am experiencing Lithium Discontinuation syndrome, I've read lots about Discontinuation Syndrome but what I would like to know is how long should I take tapering off 750mg of Lithium Bicarbonate. I know every drug is different.
Thanks though I should have added it is not helping me as I've found I have been diagnosed with leaky gut and that is what is causing my problems. I am not bipolar and my psychiatrist put me on Lithium Bicarbonate more out of desperation for a slight mood issue I had. Could this mean I could taper off Lithium more quickly? I am experiencing Discontinuation Syndrome because I tapered off over a 4 day period which was silly on my part but I did this because I have successfully tapered off other medications before because they didn't cause this. Maybe I should have realised mood stabilisers were different. The main reason why I would like to stop taking it ASAP is because I have Lithium Toxicity so obviously would like to get it out of my system but do it safely.
Ok. My psychiatrist did put a lot of thought into it but diagnosed me wrong which wasn't really his fault because a Naturopath was the person I needed to be seeing(even though I didn't know that at the time of course. I've been taking it over 2 years. I have had almsot every D.S sympton in the book-dizziness, itching, nausea, mood swings, cravings, aggression, fatigue both physical and mental, insomnia, headaches, joint pain, weakness. You name it. I would have thought because I don't have a mood issue I could come off it faster(4 days was ridiculous on my part). More like around 2 months I kind of read but couldn't find anything to confirm. I understand the time I've been taking it will come into consideration.
Still the same, discontinuation syndrome is meant to go for 1-3 weeks, it's been 1 week so far. I found an article from a well respected psychiatrist that said weaning off over 3 months will be sufficient so I will do that.