So I have Bipolar Disorder. I have been on lithium since January 2011. It changed my life. I began to function again.
However, the lithium has terrible side effects. It’s toxic to the kidneys, it makes me super dehydrated, and I have problems with frequent urination, exhaustion, and weight gain. I’m currently on 450mg daily.
The weird thing about it is that I just did a lithium level and my level was 0.2. A therapeutic level is considered 0.6 or higher. My level has been low for a few years. So I can’t help but wonder if I could go off it. I want to find a new psychiatrist and discuss my options. Does anyone on here know anything about bipolar disorder and lithium? Why do you think my levels are that low?