Lithium dosages

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Posted by JoeS ( on December 10, 2000 at 18:30:23:

In Reply to: Oh I didn't mean... posted by Luke on December 10, 2000 at 14:53:00:

I'm a 40 year old white male and i weigh 180 lbs. I'm episodic, the 2x a year variety usually spring and fall. When off cycle I drink beer and hard liquor with no problems. On cycle alcohol will work as a trigger. I take 1200 mg lithium a day when on cycle. After I have been on it a while (2 to 3 weeks) I can drink a few beers and not get hit. If I combine beer with any other trigger, caffeine, screwing up sleep cycles etc, I will get a break thru headache. Sounds like you are on a lower dosage but like Bob says be careful with this stuff. I get blood work done every month when I'm on cycle. Read up on the symptomology of lithium toxicity so you and your family know what to watch for. Some would say we're fools to worry about having a beer when weighed against a headache but in my mind having that beer is one more way I can say f@#@ you to the beast!!!! Caring about you!

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