I began taking lithium in 1988. Worked well for bi-polar but over the last 10 years I have repeatedly asked my doctors if I should be concerned about kidney failure.
Standard reply was creatine is fine, don't worry.
Well, here I am now with chronic kidney failure. (discovered with an ultra sound that was done to check gallbladder)
I stopped the lithium 2 months ago. So far mentally fine. I found a holistic herb, ignatia amara that really helps any mania beginning. I get the ignatia in one of those blue tubes sold at healthfood stores from Boiron. (also helps panic attacks)
Anyway, dr had prescribed 1800 mgs a day of motrin for arthritis pain. Can't mix motrin or NSAID's with lithium Now I can't take either and we are hoping the kidney damage will subside. It has caused a SEVERE lack of Vit D and my parathyroid is at 440. (quite high) Also have developed severe anemia.
I just wanted to share this warning. I filed an FDA report. Wondering about a lawsuit because I feel the dr should have known better.??
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