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Lithium

Lithium

Is anyone taking low dose Lithium and if so , was it difficult to find a Dr who would prescribe it? It’s used to halt the progression of Alzheimers.

posted over 2 years ago
A myALZteam Member said:

Please check a credible medical site online...as a retired mental health nurse I don't think this lithium info is true and taking it could be harmful because of side effects.

posted over 2 years ago
A myALZteam Member said:

I belive, all of the above is true my husband Dr. Psychiatrist knows very little about Alzheimer’s, maybe a drug to keep them calm ❤️🙏

posted over 2 years ago
A myALZteam Member said:

Lithium is a mood stabilizer. Yes, it is used for bipolar disorder. I had a consultation w a Nurse Practioner today recommended a different mood stabilizer Neurontin.

Primary Care are reluctant to prescribe psychotic medications as are many neurologists. Psychiatrists are more experienced w these meds but not necessarily w Alzheimer’s.

Finding physicians and or nurse Practitioners that work specifically w geriatric Alzheimer’s patients is not easy.

Memory Care Skilled Nursing Facilities/units or Hospitals that has a geriatric psych unit. Not easy and narrow field.

Sending good wishes.
Mary

posted over 2 years ago
A myALZteam Member said:

I would Check , that medicine is a drug used to control by-polur sysmtons, my husband has major depression before he got sick and they did not use that drug and they tried many drugs, because he was wanting to kill him self, ask a mental health doctor about that drug

posted over 2 years ago
A myALZteam Member said:

Thanks for asking this question as I, too, have ready about Lithium. I would be interested in learning of any responses you receive. All the best.

posted over 2 years ago
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