Lithium is not an easy drug to use. It has to be built up in the bloodstream over time. It is not always possible to build up lithium levels fast enough to prevent a manic episode. About 50% of people who take lithium develop intense thirst, which dilutes the bloodstream and lowers the effective concentration of the lithium, making it less likely to work. Up to 50% develop dry mouth, which can cause problems ranging from bad breath to tooth decay. Many people who take lithium develop hand tremors, involuntary batting of the eyelashes, memory lapses, confusion, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, overreactive reflexes, and vertigo, all of which become less common over time.
That amused the hell out of me (sorry), but I was actually looking for info about something I didn’t experience as a teenager.
The complication that becomes more common over time, however, is acne.
Thanks Lithium; sleeplessness plus thirst plus nausea plus itch plus acne? You spoil me. *adds probiotics to shopping list*
Tired … veeery fucking tired.