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What are the side effects of lithium in women with bipolar disorder?

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Some people who take lithium have low levels of thyroid hormone, which can affect symptoms of bipolar disorder. If your thyroid hormone level is low, you 'll need to take thyroid hormone medication. Other side effects of lithium include:

  • drowsiness
  • dizziness
  • frequent urination
  • headache
  • constipation

From: Women With Bipolar Disorder WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Bipolar Disorder."

Cornell University: "Manic Depression / Bipolar Disorder."

Isimaru-Tseng, T.V. J 2000; vol 59: pp 51-53. Hawaii Med

Blehar, M.C. 1998; vol 34: pp 239-243. Psychopharmacol Bull,

University of Hawaii System: "Mental Illness and Menopause:

A Patient and Family Perspective."

Freeman, M.P. , 2002; vol 63: pp 284-287. J Clin Psychiatry

National Alliance on Mental Illness: "Managing Pregnancy and Bipolar Disorder."

FDA Drug Safety Communication.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on July 26, 2016

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Bipolar Disorder."

Cornell University: "Manic Depression / Bipolar Disorder."

Isimaru-Tseng, T.V. J 2000; vol 59: pp 51-53. Hawaii Med

Blehar, M.C. 1998; vol 34: pp 239-243. Psychopharmacol Bull,

University of Hawaii System: "Mental Illness and Menopause:

A Patient and Family Perspective."

Freeman, M.P. , 2002; vol 63: pp 284-287. J Clin Psychiatry

National Alliance on Mental Illness: "Managing Pregnancy and Bipolar Disorder."

FDA Drug Safety Communication.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on July 26, 2016

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